Hi! this is my first message on this wonderful community so CIAO!
I'm going to work with my organization (NZP+ and HAI) on a sms based system to collect data from the population about the availability of basic HIV/AIDS medicines in Zambia. The results will be then visualized online on a map.
The platforms we're considering are FrontlineSMS to manage mass send/receive of the messages and the collected data, then Ushahidi to implement the online mapping part.
Right now we're at the point where we would like to find the most reliable/simplest/cheapest way for us to bulk send/receive sms from Frontline.
here are the possible solutions we're considering:
1) On the receiving side we can have two mobile phones to send/receive the messages, whose service is provided by the two major operators in the country. This way the population would have the option to send the sms using its own operator instead of a different one, saving money. On the sending side we would pay the operators for each message sent, a solution which seems quite expensive.
2) On the receiving side same as 1) point
On the sending side we can subscribe to Clickatell or Intellisms in order to send the messages though the Internet, possibly saving money on our side.
3) On the receiving side use Clickatell or Intellisms to receive the messages On the sending side same as point 2)
The third solution seems to be the optimal one as it wouldn't require us to buy dedicated mobiles, and would plug into the existent network of our NGO without having them to suffer any other cost besides that of the Internet connection and Clickatell or Intellisms sms credit, but the main concern here is the following:
How much will a user pay to send an sms to our Clickatell or Intellisms account? Will it be cheaper or more expensive than messaging a number of their own operator? Is a mobile still going to be required even if we decide to go completely Internet based for sms send and receive (solution 3) )?
looking forward for your feedback