Packet Radio seems to be on the down side as far as
Its OK for E-mail but not being able to use it for business
communication is a limitation for most people.
The baud rates for HF packet are very low - meaning large
files can not be transmitted quickly. VHF packet however,
works well and can be set-up very cheaply with a small modem
(less than $50) and an old handie-talkie - hamfest priced at
about $100. You also need a computer.
In a developing country situation it would serve as an
excellent means of communication. I would recommend a local
node with HF international connectivity feeding into a VHF
-Al AE4JF ex. 9J2AL.>