After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Red Cross sent text messages across the country with health tips, locations of aid and safety reminders. A similar system is being used in Sierra Leone to combat Ebola. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies hide caption

toggle caption International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

A Cambodian gambler talks on 18 cellphones at once at a boxing match in Phnom Penh in 2010. There are nearly 132 cellphones for every 100 Cambodians, but the country has also seen a surge in the number of landlines. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images

An expert FAA advisory committee has recommended that airline passengers be allowed to use most personal electronic devices below 10,000 feet. Leonardo Patrizi/iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption Leonardo Patrizi/iStockphoto.com

FAA May Stop Making You Power Off Those Electronics

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/227873667/227880098" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Residents of the East Village in New York City look for cellphone reception Nov. 1 after Hurricane Sandy wiped out power and some cell towers. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

After Sandy, Questions Linger Over Cellphone Reliability

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/179243218/179762886" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript