Desperate to contain a growing revolt last year, Egypt's doomed Mubarak regime clamped down on phone use. Ramy Raoof was there
As the London riots showed, youth culture is permeated by mobile phones – and the Blackberry in particular. Kieran Yates reports
Foxconn, the largest electronics manufacturer in the world, is Apple's biggest supplier and conditions in its factory cities in China have driven workers to suicide. Jenny Chan tells us more about life on the factory floor
The ubiquitous presence of the camera phone today means no event, whether mundane or spectacular, escapes public attention, says James Bridle
Mobile phones appear to offer independence and privacy, but in reality we are more exposed than ever before, says Jay Owens
Meet the San Diego manufacturer bringing a touch of the woodland to the communications tower. Lyra Kilston reports
A centre in the US that treats digital addiction is becoming increasingly relevant as technology gets more enticing, says Hilarie Cash
Has the mobile phone killed suspense? What would happen if our lone hero could get a signal? Will Wiles on the contemporary screenwriter's cellular agony
Matt Jones of BERG says that in the not-too distant future man's best friend and faithful companion will be his phone
Over 22 pages of this special issue of Icon, we bring together designers, writers and experts to consider the meaning of the world's most important object, the mobile phone
For our mobile phones special, novelist Will Self muses on signals - are teenagers who use phones to navigate the city and co-ordinate liaisons like bats who find each other in the dark using echolocation? For more on the meaning of the mobile phone, pick up a copy of Icon 106.
Over 22 pages of this special issue of Icon, we bring together designers, writers and experts to consider the meaning of the world’s most important object, the mobile phone.