Carlos Slim Seeking Second-Hand Smartphones to Donate Them to Mexican Schools
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June 17, 2016

Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim in Mexico City (Reuters/Henry Romero)

Mexican billionaire telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim, owner of America Movil (Claro), has launched an “aggressive” program to collect used smartphones and donate them to schools, in order to provide students free access to educational materials., using the Spanish word for learn, integrates educational materials already offered for a price online by his foundation, Fundación Carlos Slim.

Slim said at an event the platform gives anyone who can connect access to knowledge and training. Data charges will not accrue if they connect via Slim’s Telmex or America Movil.

The businessman said he was looking to create a secondary market for smartphones used for a year or two, “giving them an economic value,” and then passing them on for free to public schools.

The firm plans to offer its clients a 500-peso credit ($26) for each smartphone returned in good condition, Slim said.

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Related: Mexico's Slim Launches Free Online Educational Platform (Associated Press)

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