Archive for the 'Wireless' Category

The Apple iphone is out…

… and I want one !

All the pictures are on engadget.

Orange lost it

Orange marketing and branding gurus lost it in fact some time ago - they had one of the best (mobile) brand out there. In fact, Orange at its start was nothing more than a brand. But step by step - with the help of France Telecom - they reduced it to something much different. […]

Web 2.0 by teenagers

Kareem Mayan has some good notes from a conversation with Five Teenagers at web 2.0.
Few points:

Q: Assume i give you $100, what would you spend it on, could go to a bar (!), etc. A: spend it on ringtones, spend $50-60 on ringtones in a month.
"have 10 paid songs out of 1500 on my […]

PayPal Expands Micropayments For Content

PayPal is extending its micropayments service: under new pricing for payments of less than $2, merchants will pay 5 percent of the transaction plus 5 cents per transaction. Compare this to the fee that network operator takes for micro-billing…
via unmediated
tags technorati : Paypal

easyMobile is a success with 15k subs

Easymobile - the no-frills, discount mobile outfit - has managed to sign up 15,000 punters since it launched the service back in March. Boss Frank Rasmussen said he was "pleased with the results" adding that the mobile outfit had "successfully made an impact on the UK mobile market". 
Sure…
On The Register. 

RIM: bye

 
I have always said that RIM’s Blackberry was the equivalent of the Palm’s Pilot. Remenber 1998? Everybody appeared to have a Palm - maybe not using it, but that’s another topic. Like the Palm, Blackbery has created the mobile email and helped to make it popular for a niche market. Now the product is going […]

Mobile network operators blocking VoIP, Skype partners with WiFi network

Volker Weber a.k.a. vowe reports that Vodafone Germany is blocking VoIP traffic from their 3G network. Not surprising given the threat that it represents for their revenue, but once again how long this will sustain … it will take only one operator to allow it for the others to be forced to copy.
During that […]

Crazy Frog

From the Register:
Jamba, the Verisign-owned ringtone vendor, seems to have saturated the patience of regulators in Europe with its torturous Crazy Frog tune.
The campaign has proved so successful that Crazy Frog’s reworking of Harold Faltermeyer’s ‘Axel F’ beat Coldplay to No 1 in the pop charts. The Berlin-based company has grossed an estimated £14m from […]

Mobile Scoop

Scoopt: "Who will take tomorrow’s front page photograph - a professional press photographer or a passer-by armed with a cameraphone?" Scoopt allows witnesses to news events to post their photos online. Then they try to sell them to their "extensive network of media contacts", splitting income on the 50:50 basis - though the photographer retains […]

Mobile location based service

IHT has an article on the status of Location Based Services (Will cellphones ever replace the concierge?), which Russell Buckley is commenting on mobhappy. He is listing 3 reasons why LBS have not taken off yet: lack of usability, lack of compelling applications and operators.
Truth is that the location information is highly variable between operators […]

Global wireless penetration hits 28%

According to new findings from Informa, the global wireless market now claims 1.8 billion subscribers, representing worldwide market penetration of 28 percent. The four-largest wireless growth markets are the so-called BRIC countries: Brazil, Russia, India, and China.
via mobilemessages

Google Acquires Dodgeball

Dodgeball.com, which lets you use your mobile phone to broadcast your whereabouts to your buddies, was acquired by Google this week. Nokia has released as well a similar service - Sensor - working via bluetooth.

Bill G on wireless

Interesting interview from engadget with Bill Gates, where he speaks about wireless. Not sure he is getting everything yet, as note Russell.

Benefits of mobile solutions

Extract from Radicati report on mobile workers: "Research also indicates that employees using wireless email are putting in an extra 60 minutes of work per day in 2004. This will grow to 95 minutes by year-end 2008."

SHHH !

From Coudal.com, "After reading a story in the NYT, Jim’s wife Heidi decided that maybe there was a way to fight back against the obnoxious cell phone users that we all have to deal with in stores, restaurants, trains and pretty much everywhere else. Can design ride to the rescue? Jim and the incomparable Aaron […]