Other mobile applications

There are others tools and services that weren't chosen for inclusion in the toolkit but are worth investigating.

Web, email and social networking tools

These tools make it possible to access your email or social networking site on your mobile. You should bear in mind that they require a mobile data connection, which can be expensive.

People's media tools and services

  • Gabcast Gabcast.com is a podcasting and audioblogging platform that provides an easy way to create and distribute audio recordings. Most people will use a touch-tone telephone to make their recordings but Gabcast also provide worldwide access to the service through VOIP. Once you have made a recording and have published it, a newsfeed is immediately and automatically updated to alert subscribers to your channel.
  • Greenpeace UK Moblog: Commercial mobile blogging service that has been used successfully by NGOs such as Greenpeace and Amnesty international to bring people up to date on their campaigns and to encourage them to send photos and videos which may be displayed on the moblog.
  • Blasterisk BLASTERISK is a free telephone service for Free Software users, developers, and independent media activists.
  • Txtmob TXTmob lets you quickly and easily share text messages. You can sign up to send and receive messages from various groups, which are organized around a range of different topics.
  • The Wphone plugin allows you to update your Wordpress blog from your mobile phone. It's plugin which is installed on your Wordpress server which gives you access to a special administration interface designed for your phone which will allow you to update your blog.
  • The Typepad mobile application allows you to update your Typepad blog from your phone.
  • Drupal Mobile Media Blog: allows you to post media via e-mail or mobile phone

Disaster and quick response tools

  • DEWN: Disaster Early Warning Network for Sri Lanka.
  • Sahana: FOSS Disaster Management system, that provides solutions to large-scale humanitarian problems in the relief phase of a disaster. It includes an SMS messaging module.
  • Voxiva: mobile solutions primarily used in the field of health care (for example for reporting outbreaks of Avian Flu).

Security tools

  • Crypto SMS CryptoSMS is an open-source tool for SMS encryption which is installed on your phone. Unfortunately this software seems only to work on new 3G phones and is challenging to use so you should not install it unless you have very serious security concerns.
  • SMS007 is a commercial SMS encryption tool which is installed on your phone.

Other tools and projects

  • Kannel: An Open Source project to make a WAP and SMS gateway.
  • OpenMoko: An Open Source project with the goal of creating the world's first completely Open Source mobile phone.