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writing computer programs for telephones

I don't know anything about writing programs for cell phones. What language should I use? If I write a program, where should it be stored?  Basically, I think I need a dummies book for writing this type of program.  On top of all this, I have an older phone that will only run Java  programs, but it is not a "smart phone".
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The operating system that I use, will either be linux or Windows. I didn't realize that the choice was based on the computer that it was written on. what is iOS?
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Thanks!  Where does the program get stored? I want to do something simple, just like print my name to the screen to show I've actually used my program.
do you mean you are writing programs for your old cell phone that only runs java programs? in that case the java that those programs use is java ME
http://java.com/en/download/faq/whatis_j2me.xml
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javame/index.html

I have never programmed anything with Java ME, but with all things Java there is plenty of tutorials and documentation out there.
"I didn't realize that the choice was based on the computer that it was written on."
I meant the operating system of the phone itself.  

Here's information on developing for iOS:
https://developer.apple.com/devcenter/ios/index.action

Here's information on developing for Android:
http://developer.android.com/guide/index.html

Here's information on developing for Windows Phone 7:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff402531(v=vs.92).aspx


"Where does the program get stored?"
On the phone itself, for a local application.
here are the details that I have:
1.) My cell phone is a Motorola razr
2.) I run Windows 7, and I also run Linux
3.) I do not have an Apple computer
4.) I want to write something simple: "hello world" just to see if I can get the program on my phone
5.) I would be willing to pay for a "smart phone" but I am afraid of paying for an expensive service plan.
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shoot!  I'll try the visual studio thing thanks.  I dd actually buy VS.  I'll read the website and their help.