At CellBazaar people post messages via their mobile phones, trading everything from agricultural products to motorcycles and used electronic equipment.
A mobile trading platform for everyone
CellBazaaar is an electronic marketplace launched in 2006 by Grameenphone, the Telenor mobile operator in Bangladesh. Using SMS, WAP technology or the Internet, buyers and sellers can find each other at CellBazaar. A farmer can easily sell his or her products by sending simple text messages, just as a teacher can offer his or her services. Users pay only the standard SMS or GPRS charges for accessing the service, and there are no monthly or posting fees.
Award winning service
In 2008, CellBazaar won the Global Mobile Award of the GSM Association in the category of “Best Use of Mobile for Social & Economic Development.”
“Grameenphone CellBazaar” is a great initiative – full marks for self-sustainability. This grass- root level initiative not only allows operators to make money but enables rural inhabitants to sell and trade their goods. It also provides increased price transparency and help for the illiterate. It has clear environmental benefits through reduced travel,” the Award Judges said in their statement.