Why we prefer plain mobile phones: simplicity is key!

Just last week I have taught my first lecture, demonstrating students of TechChange, interested or active in the field of Mobile for Development (M4D) worldwide, what TTC is and how best to set up effective SMS text messaging campaigns. The class was based on TTC’s experience with setting up mobile campaigns and the resource that TTC and FrontlineSMS have released last March. One discussion in class focused on the practicality and applicability of tablets or advanced smartphones over plain mobile phones for communication and data gathering purposes. Due to a recent experience in the DRC and several examples of technology driven projects that were exhibited during the TechChange classes; I strongly emphasize with TTC’s vision for simple, context driven projects.