BAGHDAD, IRAQ: Saddam Hussein’s hanging has provoked outrage and condemnation from Baathist loyalists, the Vatican, Amnesty International–and, now, Iraqi cell phone customers, who complain that at the very moment when they expected to witness Saddam fall to his death, a “no service available” prompt appeared on their devices.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets yesterday, demanding that T-Mobile-Iraq (T.M.I.), which has an exclusive no-bid contract on all mobile phone services, immediately restore footage and minutes to their flexible night-and-weekend plans. T.M.I. has refused on the grounds that certain information–no matter how vital to the survival of democracy–should not be shared with other people.