Phone Management

Procure a Mobile Device Management Tool

We strongly recommend you procure a mobile device management tool to manage your devices, the data used on the devices, the apps used, and the time spent on each app. Dimagi has an MDM solution you can consider called Focus that is tailor-made for international development projects with low-or-no connectivity. We have seen large i-NGO's use MDM solutions to secure their patient/user data, save money with restricted data usage and increase their frontline productivity.

CommCare works on two mobile systems- Android smartphones and J2ME/Java/Nokia-style feature phones. This article provides links to our best practices for procuring and managing such devices for both small- and large-scale projects.

Selecting a Phone

  • Choosing a Device Type - some issues to consider when deciding what type of platform to use: Feature phone vs Android device, and for Android devices tablet vs phone

  • Recommended Phones and Choosing a Phone - some key things to think about when selecting a specific device model, including a list of recommended phones/tablets

Selecting a Mobile Provider

Maintaining Phones

Keeping Up-to-date

Android Smartphones (CommCare)

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Advanced Tools

Regional Resources

External Resources

SkillTrain in India-based social enterprise that develops training resources for vocational trainings like mobile phone or other electronics repair. They have videos available on their YouTube channel (in Hindi) that address some basic skills like transferring files between mobile phone and computer, and basic use of smartphones, in addition to advanced mobile repair techniques.