One of Asia's most populous nations, India gets on the mobile bandwagon, and now, almost the whole country's connected. Here are some glimpses of how India talks, then and now.
Left: A Sadhu, or a holy man, gets on the mobile phone.
Photographer: Michael Haas
He Helps Them Get the Message
Villages Jump on the Internet Bus
As a vast developing nation, India may be lacking in the infrastructure of telephone lines, but mobile phones have now made up for the lack of connectivity in rural and remote areas.
As the ad in the photo says, "Jagatthe Nimma Kayalli", mobile phones are bringing “the World in Your Hands."
Photographer: Chitra Ayer
There are now more than 612 million mobile phone subscriptions in India, with an increase of 100 million in just five months. (Source: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India)
Photographer: Dipanker Dutta
In the western Indian city of Jaipur, an elephant guide makes a phone call at Amber Fort.
Photographer: Dogseat on Flickr
A young boy perched on a stump talking on the phone, not something you could do on a landline.
Photographer: Angela Coles
Siddi tribe members from Gujarat, India sharing a moment on a mobile phone.
Photographer: Sanjay Austa
When caught in traffic in Mumbai, texting on the mobile phone is a way to make use of precious seconds ticking.
Photographer: Barry Yau
A couple takes snapshots on their mobile phone during Holi, a popular Hindu spring festival observed in Nepal and India. Water is thrown, coloured by powder traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs prescribed by Āyurvedic doctors.
Photographer: Peter Dewit
The station master shows off a rare olden model of a telephone set that was used in railway stations in British India. This one is still in existence at the Golra Sharif Station near Islamabad which lies on the North Western Railway which used to connect Pakistan and India during the colonial era.
Photographer: Agha Waseem Ahmed
Sunset in Gokarna Beach, Karnataka
Photographer: Fred Canonge