That's a video I took at NTC after dinner when we all wandered into the Apple Store. I realized that I was the only one in the group who didn't have an Iphone. I've been using a Treo600 for five years and waiting for it to die before getting the next phone.
It's so old that it is retro now.
It's time to let go. And, I just heard about a way to give my old treo a new life on the frontlines of global health!
FrontlineSMS:Medic today launched Hope Phones, a nationwide mobile phone collection campaign supporting mHealth programs at medical clinics in over 30 countries. The campaign will make use of old cell phones in the US to provide phones for clinics and healthcare workers in the developing world.
According to Hope Phones, cell phones are valuable tools in the battle to reduce disease and illness. The field of mHealth - the provision and coordination of health-related services via mobile communications - is blossoming in response to a global shortage of healthcare workers and the demonstrated impact made by simple, mobile tools.
Hope Phones will make use of the nearly 450,000 cell phones discarded every day in the US. HopePhones.org allows donors to print a free shipping label and send their old phone in to The Wireless Source, a global leader in wireless device recycling. The phone’s value allows FrontlineSMS:Medic to purchase usable, recycled cell phones for healthcare workers.
Okay, that makes it easy. But what should I replace it with?
But, should I succumb to the Iphone?
I posted this on Twitter and the advice boiled down to this:
- IPhone lovers came out of the woodwork in larger numbers
- One or two warned that Iphone is candy, avoid it. Instead get a Nokia or Android.
It strikes me that I didn't ask the right question. I should be asking - What SmartPhone will best support my mobile work flow and communications needs?
- Browse web
- Ability to access my google docs, calendar, and gmail - not only read, but edit
- Ability to read/respond on social sites - FB, FF, Twitter, etc
- Decent Phone
- Ability to type well
- Good camera, doesn't have to be video but that would be nice
- Entertain me when I'm bored in airports
Well, when I saw that Creative Whack Pack is an app on the IPhone, I though that airplane time might be more fun.
I need to look at the costs, carriers, and actually feel the phones in my hands.