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I have not yet written for a smart phone. My question is whether there is any restriction for an iPhone, an Android or any other program from using the web, say a webservice, when it's operating?  

Can the app access the GPSD chip?

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newbieweb
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I can only speak for Android from my experience: there is no restriction in connecting to webservices, but there is no default library to use for SOAP. You can either parse the xml yourself or try to use custom library for that.

Here is a longer thread on that topic:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/297586/how-to-call-web-service-with-android
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If I code my app using RhoMobile, so it's write once use on many phones, is there any reason for me to join the iOS Developers Program?

It seems I would need to join (and pay $99) in order to submit my application for final test and sale. Also, I get advanced test tools through membership that would be important for me to learn how to work with the iPhone.

Your thoughts?

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$99 is not a lot of money if you are serious about selling your application. When you think about it, thats only a couple of hours of your work.

If you are developing for the fun of it, then its another story. We developed an application for the fun of it, but its not all that small - 30K lines. Still we are not sure if it is woth the trouble of puting it on the Market.

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I would easily spend the $99 if I were going to market it. I wonder if I can wait until after I have dug into the work before spending the money.  Also I found this:

Continue Technical Requirement:
You must have an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard to develop Mac OS X and iOS apps for the App Store.

So I will also need to buy a Mac to get this working.  I am interested in using RhoMobile, which is somehow affiliatedf with Google, which would allow me to write one application and run it on iPhone, Android, Sembian and RIM. And that can be done all on Windows, I believe.  So I am just trying to find the pressure points so I can get as much work done for little or no cost.

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Thanks!
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