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developing widest userbase apps

by afrophone    Oct 17, 2011, 5:17 PM

Hi, it's great to find you all!

I am working on a small project in my spare time to support charities in Africa to collect data on how well the charity's money is being spent, monitoring and evaluating and ultimately helping things to progress over there.

What I need is advice about what programming platform to choose. Over here in the UK, we have all got iPhones or Android devices, but in Africa I want to write an app that will reach all those who have older devices, still data enabled (perhaps falling back to SMS)


So do I use BREW, J2ME, what other choices do I have?
Will I need the carrier's backing (if so can anyone suggest a route or any contacts)
Should I stick to HTML and hope that old UK/US/EU smart phones will make their way into Africa in a year or two.

Does anyone have any nuggets of wisdom to get me started.


Thanks for any help you can give me.

Matt

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