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How to choose a mobile phone for an ICT4D project

Molapo, Maletšabisa and Melissa Densmore (2015) How to choose a mobile phone for an ICT4D project. In Proceedings 7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD '15), Singapore.

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At the beginning of an ICT4D project where mobile phones will be used, the question that researchers and practitioners ponder is: what mobile device will be best for the project? In this paper, we present guidelines for making this choice, based on lessons drawn from a review of 30 ICT4D projects, and the reflection of our own work with Community Health Workers in Lesotho in the last four years, during which we used three types of devices in the field. We discuss the considerations that can guide the process of selecting the best device or mobile platform for each project and context, and discuss the recent upsurge of smartphone preference over feature phones in ICT4D projects, and the factors to consider when selecting smartphones for fieldwork.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:Mobile Phone, Device Selection, Feature Phone, Smartphone, HCI4D, ICT4D, Lesotho
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.m MISCELLANEOUS
ID Code:1055
Deposited By:Densmore, Melissa
Deposited On:26 January 2016
Alternative Locations:http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2737897, http://www.melissadensmore.com/papers/ictd2015-molapo-chooseaphone.pdf