LONDON – Malala Yousafzai may be the only teenager who doesn't have a mobile phone — and is willing to admit it.
The girl who was shot by the Taliban for daring to want an education set off a chorus of chuckles Monday night when she said she didn't own a handset during a conference showcasing cell phone provider Vodafone's initiatives to support women.
With Vodafone Chief Executive Vittorio Colao in the front row, it's a good bet she'll get one soon — and with the best 4G available. If not, International Development Minister Justine Greening offered to give her a spare.
The admission charmed the crowd that had already melted into her enthusiastic appeal that children, especially girls, must be guaranteed the right to an education.