Get the phone: Malala admits she has no cell

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Malala Yousafzai, visits Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border, in Mafraq, Jordan, Feb. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

Malala Yousafzai, visits Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border, in Mafraq, Jordan, Feb. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

LONDON (AP) — 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.

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