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Carnival of the Mobilists #174


It is once again my privilege to host the Carnival of the Mobilists – the week before the Memorial Day Weekend out here in the States.

Let’s roll: MobileSlate has a two-header. The first one wonders aloud about Twitter’s endgame and provides several useful application scenarios. The second post makes a case for FaceBook Connect to cater not only to iPhones but to the Billions of feature phones that people carry around in the developing world. I couldn’t agree more.

Geoff Ballinger has a post on Blyk that discusses the latter’s plans to evolve from an MVNO to partnering with MNOs to get access to the operator’s customer base. He presents the pros and cons of the strategy, but it sure looks like a lot of investor money to prove out their ad-based model.

Tam Hanna leads with a provocative title, “iPhone’s Demise” – the premise of with which I don’t quite agree. People buy iPhones because they are perfect platforms for media and entertainment – Veblen’s effect not withstanding!

Here is a post on mobile web application that lets you send ordinary SMS with enclosed files.

Steven Hoober has an interesting entry (complete with a video clip) on a fictional touch-screen internet connected tablet – it looks pretty cool, make sure you check it out!

Ajit Jaokar talks about the myth of mobile design using some well-known examples – he argues that many of the factors which constitute a truly excellent design are currently not in the control of the designer.

Finally, Mobile Point View’s Paul Ruppert interviews Lisa Gersh, President Strategic Initiatives, NBC Universal and Managing Director of The Weather Channel, where she discusses NBC Universal’s mobile corporate development initiatives.

Post of the week

Tomi Ahonen in his own inimitable fashion argues here that phone input is superior to that of a laptop – completely counter-intuitive that I was skeptical when I started reading the article. Tomi does make some good points – sound input, motion sensors, video capture etc. – are not all things we usually think of when discussing “inputs”. But a phone cannot beat (and Tomi agrees) a laptop when you are writing a long blog entry (for which Tomi acknowledges, he used a laptop).

Mobile 2.0 Europe Developer Day on June 18 in Barcelona – Mark your calendars

For people who’d like to attend, it’s time to register now since the places are limited and nearly sold out!

Any mobilist blogger who would like to attend the Mobile 2.0 Europe Conference (Developer Day and Event), please get in touch with Rudy De Waele via


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Carnival of the Mobilists #159


I haven’t blogged in a while so what could be a better way to get back than posting a summary of the best mobile blogs of the week from the mobile ‘A’ list bloggers and industry thought leaders. This is my first time as the host of the Carnival and it has been a fun experience. 

Let’s dig into it. 

Post of the Week

Don’t walk, run to read Ofir Leitner’s post on “Top 8 rules for mobile entrepreneurs” where he has penned a detailed and extremely valuable piece on what it takes to be successful in the mobile application space. One of the best posts I have read in a long time. Thanks, Ofir.

“Smart” Phones

Steve Litchfield discusses the two-device solution (iPhone Touch + Nokia N82) that fits all his mobile needs quite well but is still looking for the perfect one-box solution. A look at this chart shows that a iPhone housing a better camera with video capture and navigation capabilities may come close.

SMSisthenewblack injects a dose of reality into the current excitement around smartphones. Check out what he is complaining about!

Megapixel Microscopy – Another visual post from Steve Litchfield at Who needs cameras when phones can shoot pictures like these? Check out the quite amazing pictures shot by a camera-phone and find out what Megapixel Microscopy actually means!

Mobile phones to help in relieving traffic congestion! Read this post from Smart Mobs to find out how Nokia is experimenting with GPS-enabled phones to reduce traffic congestion in the Bay Area. 

Mobile Applications 

Antoine has an interesting post on how Contacts on Ovi from Nokia comes close to a good IM application on mobile. He also has some pretty nifty suggestions for the Ovi team to improve their offering. 

Tsahi Levent-Levi makes his case in Radvision blog that Skype, having conquered the PC world, has set its sights on the mobile and embedded consumer electronic device platforms – all alone. 

WIPJam discusses how the current excitement around mobile applications stemming from the success of Apple’s AppStore could quickly lead to confusion in customer’s minds and answers the question: Who would be the winner of the most important API of 2009?

Mobile 2.0

James from blogs on Mobamingle – an international version of the most successful mobile social network in Japan, which is doing $200m in revenue. According to James, Mobamingle heralds a new wave of Japanese mobile businesses expanding internationally.

Aaron Chua has an interesting post up on his blog on startup ideas for the mobile ebook reader. There are some pretty interesting ideas here on how to interact with the content you are reading on your ebook. 

Volker argues in his post that games do not really need to be connected to have a social component to them.

Mobile Broadband

Given my interest in mobile broadband, I am always on the lookout for new platforms and infrastructure that showcase innovative mobile broadband deployments. Martin describes exactly such a deployment – 2G/3G  repeaters in this case – in a spa nonetheless. I love ubiquitious mobile broadband but browsing in a spa?

Mobile Marketing blogs about how Anheuser-Busch has integrated a mobile website and SMS to connect with it’s prospects during the SuperBowl – the annual Bud Bowl now has a mobile component. Despite the hiccups with the video and the sign-in process, puts this superbowl mobile marketing campaign in the “win” column.

Sticking with the Super Bowl theme, mGive and the Mobile Giving Foundation are launching (would have launched by the time you read this post) mobile donation campaigns during Super Bowl XLIII on behalf  of United Way and the American Urological Association. 

Dennis Bournique at WAP Review interviews the CEO of mKhoj – a mobile ad network based out of India. Looks like Dennis uses mKhoj as a backfill for AdMob to increase his ad fill rate. I was surprised to find out that there is no noticeable increase in page load time. Check it out!

Mobile Extras

Barbara Ballard who has been involved in mobile design for ten years is kind enough to share her experiences with everyone through her Mobile Design podcast series – here is the first one in that series. 

This post is more social commentary than mobile : Tam Hanna looks at why researchers keep producing horror  stories about gamers and mobile phone users.

A fascinating post by Judy Breck that discusses how eighth-graders in 1900 learned much more in schools than kids today – she includes an eighth-grade test from 1895 (Saline County, Kansas). Come on, take the test and see how you score. You may be surprised!

Mobile Industry Events

Chetan Sharma summarizes the Pacific Wireless Northwest Summit he attended this month – I found his observation that the three dominant mobile operators in China are all planning to implement three different technologies – all better have a nationwide network! 

Rudy is inviting us all to CLUB MIX to attend the Mobile Sunday Barcelona event – on the eve of Mobile World Congress.  Looks like it is the place to be if you want to mingle with fellow mobile bloggers – Don’t miss it if you are going to attend MWC.  Register here for the event. Also, don’t forget to attend the MobileMonday Mobile Peer Awards Event – the point of reference in mobile startup innovation. 

Hope you had as much fun reading this week’s best mobile blog posts as I had. 

Next week the carnival will be held at All About iPhone. Until then be safe!


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Carnival of the Mobilists #146

If it is Monday, it must be COTM! Scoot over to Carnival of the Mobilists at Andrew Grill’s London Calling to get the latest news and insights in the mobile industry. I found Chetan Sharma’s report on the 3G Americas Analyst Summit – especially his comments on LTE vis-a-vis HSPA interesting:

I think given the current economic climate, we might see the investment plans being delayed. Of course, with one city launch, some folks can claim LTE launch but pervasive availability will be pushed to 2013 and beyond. I think operators will try to milk HSPA technologies for as long as they can.

This business of “unlimited” data in its current incarnation is not sustainable. You have to be careful what you wish for. Mobile data usage is “here” thanks to smartphones and consumer awakening of what’s possible but I think the networks are not ready for a huge onslaught of data usage – esp. the kind of things we are used on the Internet like browsing, streaming, uploading, etc. – in large quantities. At some point, there will be enough users on a cell-tower that will start damaging the user experience. The incremental revenue doesn’t totally justify the investment required to support such a surge. So, what gives … we are likely to see more tiered data pricing and less emphasis on “unlimited” data.

I am not sure if there really is “unlimited data”. All mobile broadband plans (whether it is for smartphones or USB modems/dongles) come with monthly quotas beyond which Fair-Use-Policies are applied by the operators. So I am not sure what exactly Chetan is referring to here? In fact, as we have discussed multiple times in this blog, mobile operators are trying to go after fixed broadband providers and may be forced to raise the monthly quotas if they really want to compete. He does have a valid point on the huge onslaught of mobile data usage damaging the user experience.


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Carnival of the Mobilists @ Xellular Identity

This week’s Carnival of the Mobilists is over at Xellular Identity which includes a fascinating post on the South Korean mobile market. There is also a post that discusses the US mobile internet penetration – I was surprised to learn that several off-deck US publishers such as The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Reuters, ESPN and others are all generating over 1m page views. The downside however has been the inability of the publishers to monetise this traffic. Read the post to find out why!

Would like to thank Xen for including my post on 3G embedded netbooks in this week’s Carnival!

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Carnival of the Mobilists #140

It is Monday and it is that time of the week again for mobile enthusiasts. This week’s Carnival has several interesting articles – I was intrigued by the one about the number of mobile views during the Olympics. According to NBC, over 8 million people enjoyed the Olympics on their mobiles in the form of short-form VOD as well as WAP clips. That must be a record for a single event.

While you are at it, don’t forget to read my entry that has been featured as well.

Ram Krishnan at Mobile Broadband Blog describes how mobile broadband can be a significant threat to the old DSL-fixed line business in his post: Deep Dive into Mobile Broadband Growth in Austria.

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Shoutout to Carnival of the Mobilists #139

Igor at Mobsecure hosts the Carnival for this week. As usual, great sets of posts. Be sure to check them out. Thanks Igor for hosting and the mention of this blog entry.

Mobile Broadband Blog has some hot new statistics about mobile browsing share of iPhone versus Windows Mobile devices. No surprises there, but check out the numbers!


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