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I'm new to playing with sharepoint 2010 ... I have created an intranet site for our business which comprises of 1 holding company and 4 subsidiaries. Therefore the structure (for viewing permission reasons) is one site with 4 sub sites.

I am now looking to deploy a stripped down version for each subsidiary as a mobile friendly site where the user can get to data they need quickly with minimal navigation and optimal download speed.

I will be using an iPhone app to produce this (shareplus lite).

The stripped down site will purely be a set of lists - No pages etc, and in order to negate the need to enter / update lists twice I need to find a way of populating the lists in the mobile version automatically.

I am looking for a simple and ideally cost free way to share / synchronise lists from the main sites to the read only mobile sites.

Any ideas ?
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by:typerracer
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If all you need is to access the contents of the lists with no formatting or custom pages, you could consider using the SharePoint Lists service instead of using pages at all.  iPad dev tools should be able to open an HTTP stream to the service to query the lists you want by GUID.
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Thank you for that - will check it out,  I need to slightly get my head round what you've said here ... so would this mean if I were using an iPad then I do the work at the ipad end to get the results. Most of the users would be on iPhone rather than iPad, so I'm not sure if this solution still applies.

If the playing around is done in sharepoint to make a "clone" of the list then ideal
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From a data integrity standpoint, you would be better off not trying to move data anywhere, just access it in a different manner.  

Instead of using a web page to render the lists, retrieve a list of lists through your iPhone/iPad app and use the graphical tools from that development environment to render the data.

If all you are looking for is a way to show stripped down pages in Safari on your iDevices, then defining custom pages for lists might be another option to consider.  Users who have full browsers would go to the full pages, users who have iDevices would go to the stripped down pages but have the option to navigate to the full versions and take the performance hit that comes with them.
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by:correlate
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Hi typerrascer

Thanks for that - I see where you're comimg from, will have a play around over the next day or two, seems like a brilliantly simple solution.
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by:correlate
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Hi Typerrascer,

Thakns for this tried it out - unfortunatley when the user opens the link it prompts for another user name a password as its going into a different site to download the info.  So it looks like the work of producing a clone list will need to be done by sharepoint.

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by:correlate
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Hi Typerracer,

Thank for your advice here, have gone about accessing the info in a different way as you suggested
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