Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Apple is saying that this latest development has nothing to do with proactively disabling pirated phones, but that it is an unfortunate consequence connected to updating software. A skeptical public may find this hard to believe. There is no evidence to show that Apple is actively trying to shutdown modified iPhones, but I’m sure many people don’t believe Apple as it must be another tactical move by Apple to discourage users to mess around with their phones.
India's wireless market, the world's fastest growing, attracted a further 8.31 million wireless subscribers in August to touch 201.29 million users, according to figures from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Saturday.
It took India less than one and a half year to add another 100 million having crossed the 100-million subscriber mark in May 2006. At this pace, India will likely to garner another 100 million in lesser time.
India's mobile revolution is mainly confined to the cities, but the real prize for phone companies is the vast rural market, where nearly 70 percent of India's 1.1 billion population live, analysts say.
India is aiming for more than half a billion mobile phone subscribers by 2010.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
It will be a strategic victory for Microsoft if they can ink the deal having lost tremendous a lot of ground to Google for the past years. I m not surprise that Google may counter offer to prevent Microsoft from making the purchase and this would be another huge win for Google and another smack in the face on Microsoft.
Facebook is a great product and it needs the great people behind it to continue making better development and frankly Microsoft isnt that company that will take Facebook to another level but the acquisition will definitely strengthen Microsoft's ad platform on its search engine.
The discussions are still preliminary and Facebook could end up not taking any investments from either Microsoft or Google as Facebook may value themselves higher than what Microsoft and Google would pay for. Its afterall Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's ambition to continue to build the company and eventually take it public.
To make sure the audience is the right one, only 16-to 24-year-olds will be allowed on it, with cross-checks for age in place. Advertisers, including Buena Vista, Coca-Cola, I-play Mobile Gaming, L’Oreal Paris, StepStone and Yell have already confirmed that they will be among the first advertisers.
Blyk users will get 217 free texts and 43 voice-call minutes every month on condition they opt in to receive up to six ads to their phone a day. It’ll cost 99p per megabyte to browse mobile sites.
Its going to be interesting to see whether Blyk's business model will work. Mobile advertising certainly has a great upside but I m not sure whether the free minutes and sms can ever be subsidized by the 6 ads that Blyk will be sending out to their users everyday. It may or may not work. It really depend on the successful conversion of the ads sent to the users and how much Blyk can monetize from the ads delivered. With an experienced team, headed by former Nokia president Pekka Ala-Pietila and Antti Öhrling, a branding veteran, I m sure they must have got something planned out.
I reckon that they are going to be alot of takers as its not really a bad deal if you are one of those who does not mind giving up some of your particulars so as to allow Blyk to target you with 6 ads each day. I wish Blyk all the best.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Micro-USB ports allow devices to be charged from PCs. They're also smaller than current mini-USB connectors, making them better suited to the smaller form factors of modern personal devices.
Its a good development for mobile phone users. Hunting down a charger will surely be a thing of the past. Universal charger will also be an advantage to the environment as it will allow mobile users to recycle future chargers than having it disposed.
Dont be too happy yet with this announcement. While the news maybe out and the agreement has been reached but the actual execution of this agreement will still take some time.
Ad dollars and media spending will eventually catch up to consumers. You’re starting to see it as ad spending declines in traditional media. A second piece talks about data from Nielsen, confirmed and similarly reported by others (such as TNS), reporting that ad spending is down across the board in traditional media:
Sunday, September 23, 2007
The quality and brightness of the proejction may not be optimized at the present moment which is probably why it has not been released into the market yet but I m sure it will gradually be improved and soon be commercially made available. It will be great add on to our mobile allowing us to share rich media content and even make a short presentation to others.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
The iPhone handset is slated to go on sale on November 9, simultaneously with UK's O2 and Germany's T-Mobile November 9 launch.
With the world largest mobile phone consumption market in Asia, iPhone will certainly be making its way to Asia soon and I m certain that Steve Jobs must had jotted somewhere on his calendar to schedule a major iPhone launch on this side of the Pacific.
Below is a video which shows Presentations in action:
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Apple and T-Mobile didn't give financial details of the partnership, such as how revenue will be shared.
Consumers will pay 269 pounds ($536) for the 8Gb model, or about $139 more than what Apple charges in the US. The iPhone offered in Britain will have the same technical specifications as the US model, but the price includes the UK's value-added tax.
The most interesting point of the announcement is that all tariffs will include unlimited data, meaning O2 will finally be catching up with its peers to offer a flat rate, all you can eat, data plan.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Reuters is reporting that the move means site publishers can now start generating revenue when consumers view ads on their sites via mobile devices.
"Everything we have done in the PC area can be extended to mobile phones," Dilip Venkatachari, product management director for Google AdSense for mobile phones, tells Reusters. "The needs are similar."
Just as with the PC version of AdSense, mobile text ads run on an auction model. The system automatically reviews the content of publishers' mobile websites and delivers text ads that are relevant to the sites' audience and content. Publishers earn money whenever users click on the ads.
What wasn’t announced fully was if the program is different in any way than traditional Adsense. It would also be interesting to understand how Google is exactly defining mobile websites.
It'll be interesting to see how it all works out. It's hard to imagine people spending a lot of time clicking text links on their handsets, but then, it didn't seem like a strong opportunity in the PC world either. In general, I'm skeptical of extending ad models from one medium to the other - but if anyone can do it, it's Google.
For more information, please see: http://adsense.blogspot.com/.
Monday, September 17, 2007
The company was founded in 2001, and got $2 million last year from venture debt firm Leader Ventures. The 120-person company works with Sprint Nextel, Vodafone and Bharti Airtel of India, and has ad clients such as Hyundai and Pepsi.
The country approved the establishment of 24,848 foreign-funded companies in the same period, down 5.26 percent from the previous year, said the ministry. In August, the establishment of 3,150 foreign-funded firms were approved, down 8.83 percent year-on-year, while foreign direct investment had increased 11.87 percent to US$5.02 billion.
China's cumulative foreign direct investment had exceeded US$750 billion by the end of June this year since the beginning of its opening-up policy in 1978. Currently, more than 28 million people, or about 10 percent of the employed population in cities and towns of the country, work in foreign-funded enterprises.Source - Xinhua
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Check out the differences between Apple and Nokia below and its going to be exciting to see how these 2 giants will be competing with each other. Its hard to comment who will win at the end of the day but one thing for sure, consumers are going to be the real beneficiary.
Who do you reckon will win the war?
Saturday, September 15, 2007
It will not be too distant in the future where you can make payment by placing your bank card or mobile on the bar. Looking at the menu and ordering food will be a finger touch away. What a cool way to interact.
Friday, September 14, 2007
"Good afternoon, Ladies and the German. This is your cheap purser Wang Lui speaking. On behalf of China Sudden Airlines, I would like to welcome you on board our Bowling 737 from Shenzhen to Qingtao. Members of my crew speak Chinese and other languages that you do not know. It is a great pressure serving you to-die. Should you need any resistance during the fright, peace do pest the call button. I and my gals are available to make you feel comfortable. Meanwhile, the airkwaft is going to fry. Peace sit upright and keep you belt tightly fastened until dinner is served at five dirty p.m. Hope you would enjoy your fright with us. Funk kill."
Peter Erskine, the O2 chief executive, defended Apple’s insistence that it receives a share of revenues from calls made on iPhones. Mr Erskine defended Apple’s insistence saying that such agreements were still advantageous.
Revenue-sharing deals with handset manufacturers are unheard of within the mobile industry. Manufacturers such as Nokia had never received any share of the revenue made on their devices. Mr Erskine said: “If sharing revenue brings a bigger pie to the table, then we’ll be happy to share that pie . . . The revenue-sharing model will play an increasingly important role in the future of converged communications.”
Losers in the converged world, he said, would be “the network operators, service providers and device manufacturers who don’t pay particular attention to understanding and reacting to what customers value”. Its a whole new paradigm shift but analysts arent too positive about iPhone setting this new precedent as history had shown that partnership with Apple had always resulted Apple being the ultimate winner.
Source : Business Times UK
Nokia had just released the latest version of its mapping software, Nokia Maps, which it is planning to incorporate into its Ovi mobile Internet platform. In addition to a new user interface, the latest version offers more detailed nearby and category searches, including full city guides, improved GPS, as well as a data counter.
Nokia planned to cover 150 countries with 50 of them navigable. Most of the basic route service is free. Nokia had also released a version of its Map Loader software for PC to upload the maps from the PC to your mobile phone. Definitely will save the heavy loading from the mobile network.
Nokia claims that the mobile maps apps each have been downloaded one million times since its mapping service since it first went live in February. This has to be the most valuable service on Ovi now.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
- The worldwide markets continue to grow at an explosive pace reaching 3B subscriptions by Q207 up 13% from 2006 levels. Significant growth is coming from India and China with both countries registering close to 7M net adds on average in Q2. India recorded 8M net adds (its highest) in July. Overall, the world market is at almost 50% penetration.
- NTT DoCoMo continues to dominate the wireless data service revenues rankings with over $5.5B in service data revenues however Q/Q growth has dropped to single digits. DoCoMo crossed 70% in 3G penetration and is expected to cross 80% within 9 months.
- Most of the major operators around the world have double digit percentage contribution to their overall ARPU from data services. Operators like KDDI, DoCoMo, 3 Italy, 3 UK, and O2 UK are topping 30%.
- SingTel reported the highest increase in data ARPU from 4Q06 with 39% growth. Other notable percentage increases in ARPU were from Rogers, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile Austria. The biggest drop in percentage terms were registered by the Indian operators.
- In 1H 07, SMS’s vice like grip on data revenues continued to loosen a bit with many carriers seeing an increase in non-SMS data revenues. On an average, Japan and Korea have over 70-75% of their revenue coming from non-SMS data applications, US around 50-60%, and Western Europe around 20-40%.
- The top 10 operators increased their revenue by 17% during the first half of 2007 compared to second half (2H) 2006 to reach $29 billion in data service revenues.
- NTT DoCoMo’s position at the top of the wireless data world has been challenged recently by several carriers esp. by its archrival KDDI. Their data coordinates stand at ($17, 32%) and ($18, 32%) respectively (please see PowerPoint for reference).
- The biggest percentage contribution by data ARPU has been consistently registered (since mid 2002) by two Philippines carriers – Smart Communications and Globe Telecom with almost 52% (or $3.6) contribution coming from data services.
- Even though China reported approximately $5.9B in data revenues for 1H 07, and the % contribution is over 20%, data ARPU is around $2. For India data ARPU dropped below $1 for all major carriers.
- China Mobile with 338M remains the #1 subscriber followed by Vodafone at 200M and China Unicom with 152M subscriptions. Telefonica, América Móvil, SingTel, Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile), and Orange (France Telecom) are the next five largest telecom groups in the world. In terms of individual carriers in a given country, AT&T and Verizon Wireless occupy the #3 and #4 spot respectively ahead of NTT DoCoMo, which is at #5. The two Chinese carriers round up the top two positions and are likely to stay perched at their lookout vistas for some years to come. Telecom groups in mature markets are under enormous pressure to either come up with a global expansion strategy or accelerate their existing plans. Carriers in Japan and Korea are the most under duress.
- As far as 3G is concerned, GSA reported the crossing of the 200 millionth subscription in Q207. Both Japan and Korea continue to expand their 3G base with both reporting over 50% penetration. 3G has picked-up steam in both western Europe and North America per our discussion in the cover story article “3G: Hitting the Mass Market” published in Wireless World Magazine. Western Europe and US are approximately at 15% penetration (Italy being the exception reaching 35%).
- China and India represent the biggest opportunities for Infrastructure providers. China has postponed its 3G decision for the umpteenth time and is having technical and political problems to get something in place before the 2008 Olympics. India is going through its 3G spectrum policy but unlike China is likely to resolve the issues in short order. Some of the biggest infrastructure contracts will come from these two countries that are looking to expand coverage into rural area.
- Carriers with nationwide 3G networks and good distribution of handsets are seeing uptick in data ARPU. The Japanese and Korean carriers along with operator 3, Verizon, Sprint Nextel are all seeing benefits of rolling out their 3G service. Deployment of 3.5G technologies such as HSDPA and EV-DO Rev A (and B) are also gaining momentum. Networks are getting deployed and market is being seeded with some of the early handsets.
- In terms of applications, messaging accounts for lion-share of data revenues. However, other services such as Mobile Music, Mobile TV and video streaming, Mobile Games, IMS, LBS, Mobile advertising, and others have captured industry’s imagination. Though not much talked about, enterprise applications are also being adopted widely esp. in North America as more workers become mobile and corporations seek efficiencies in their operations and supply-chain.
1H07 also saw the demise of yet another high-profile MVNO in the form of Amp’D. Helio continues to struggle while the newer ones like Sonopia and Blyk are testing the treacherous waters.
- Nokia eclipsed 100M unit sale in Q207 for the second time in history (first being in Q406). Its 1H07 tally stood at 191.9M followed by Motorola at 80.9M and Samsung at 72.2M. Nokia’s share of the market went up to 37.9%. Motorola lost significant ground dropping 3.2% Q/Q to 12.4%. Samsung gained as a result and ascending again to the number 2 spot with a 14.1% market share. Sony Ericsson with 9.4% and LG with 7.2% rounded up the top 5.
- Several operators reported Mobile Advertising as their key strategic focus for the coming quarters, esp. China Mobile and Vodafone. Sensing the opportunity to seek new sources of revenue stream, Nokia launched its ad service as well. 1H07 saw tremendous M&A activity in both the online and mobile advertising space.
First fully tested software to unlock iPhone is here and it works and its free too. They had already got an early beta build of the graphical one-click iPhone-based software and can confirm that despite the visual glitches you see above, it's already a fully functional one-click unlock solution, not too different from iPhoneSimFree's paid unlock software.
Unfortunately, you still have to actually get the app onto the phone and go through the activation process with your SIM afterward (and re-enable YouTube, if you so choose), but this is the first major step in automating the process of quickly and easily unlocking everybody's iPhone and of course its free and most importantly its proven to work.
Source : Engadget
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The Shanghai Morning Post reported that a 4G iPhone sells for $771 while an 8G model sells for $1,037 in an electronics mall in Xujiahui area. Even though its much higher than the $600 debut price, the vendor claimed that seven to eight units are sold per week.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
"One million iPhones in 74 days -- it took almost two years to achieve this milestone with iPod," said Steve Jobs. But of course, it's never enough: "We can't wait to get this revolutionary product into the hands of even more customers this holiday season."
While it remains to be seen whether Apple can achieve the 10 million sales target for 2008, iPhone had certainly earned the status of the most sexiest mobile phone in the market and definitely had redefined the overall design of an integrated multimedia communication device. Viva Apple.
Monday, September 10, 2007
- Never Be the First to Market. Make something good better
- Empower Early Adopters. Help your customers help you
- Make Your Message Memorable. Boil your idea down to its syrupy goodness
- Go One Step Further. Surprise and delight your customers
Friday, September 7, 2007
For more, click here.
You can immediately start the route guidance or else save the information for later use in your navigation memory. Instead of spending time inputting data into your navigation system, your destinations will be available whenever you need them.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
The Touch iPod has a 3.5” widescreen and carries WiFi, giving the consumer the ability to surf the net using Safari and with the same scroll, flip and zoom in/out feature as the iPhone. There are two models of the iPod Touch, an 8GB for $299 and a 16GB for $399. The newest version of the iPod Nano has been introduced with a 2” color video screen
Apple Inc.’s iPhone became the biggest-selling smart phone in the U.S. in July, according to iSuppli Corp. The iPhone accounted for 1.8% of all mobile handset sales to U.S. consumers that month — the first full month in which the iPhone was available. Apple’s device outsold the BlackBerry series, the entire Palm portfolio, and any individual Motorola, Nokia, Samsung or other smart phone model.
This is an endorsement of both the fashion/buzz value of the phone but more importantly the perceived usability of the device even vs. other other popular smartphones and most notably the Blackberry.
The iPhone represents a bid to recreate the desktop Internet in mobile, something that a fair number of people appear to want. It remains a minority device unless or until it’s untethered from AT&T, however. Yet, despite this minority status, it will continue to influence the design of competitors’ products and in that way have a continuing ripple effect on the broader market.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
According to the Sept. 3 issue of Business Week, the group, called GReeeeN, has a major hit with its song Aiuta (Love Song).
Of course, we are talking Japan, where mobile infrastructure had made it possible to download songs at ultra-fast speeds. In fact, according to Business Week, 90% of all music downloads travel over mobile networks - and takes about 15 to 20 seconds to download a song. Here in the China, by comparison, users have to hard wire their phone to their computers to do that. China is still at 2.5-2.75 G network. Its way too costly and too slow to download over GPRS.
Mobile Music is certainly a killer app for the operators worldwide and its a trend gradually being embraced by mobile operators worldwide.
#4. They only have a couple of cash cows to work with.
At this point, it is becoming apparent that Microsoft had better cling to that operating system and office suite, because every time they step into another market, they get their head handed to them.
#5. People are hating on Vista.
#7. PC makers are starting to turn their backs on Microsoft.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
China’s online advertising market might still be in its infancy, it is nonetheless witnessing robust growth. According to OgilvyOne’s China President, online ad spending in China could reach $6 billion by 2012, when most analysts predict about $4 billion. Mobile advertising is next, but with some major differences: the telecom operators’ monopolistic tenure on the market and weak wap usage to date. With a mobile population now over 500 million (and growing at an astounding pace of 5-6 million new subs a month), mobile ad revenue could reach $92 million in 2007 (from an estimated $65 mil in 2006), $142 million in 2008, $193 million in 2009 and $243.2 million in 2010, according to a recent research from Marbridge Consulting in Beijing (http://www.marbridgeconsulting.com/).
How to explain some of this growth? We have to factor in the concurrent growth of sms campaigns, wap ads, 2D barcode, photo-based marketing campaigns and mobile search. Besides, the overstated “Olympic Games effect” is now also visible on online ad spending as brands are finally releasing long-overdue budgets for 2007 and 2008, reaching out to more customers in the internet world. Along with the Games is 3G being rolled out, and hopefully more wap and SMS campaigns will benefit from the 3G/Olympics hype too. China is currently stuck in the 2.5G era and only rolling out Edge and locally-made 3G standard (with maybe some HSDPA), before the Olympics and in targeted “key” cities. Full fledged 3G deployment will take place in 2008 and 2009.
If all agree mobile advertising will be “big” at some point in the future, several factors are still hampering growth: slow data throughput, lack of reliable campaign metrics, data flat rates (or lack thereof), increasing “walled garden” tendencies and constant threat on free wap site ecosystem, low mobile browsing usage compared to the overall mobile population (at most 8%-10% total subs are regular wap users), agency and brands bias towards traditional media – decision makers, some in their 50s, are often ignorant of the internet age. The market is dominated by SMS, which has reached maturity and is widely accepted by the mobile population (SMS – 66% of ad revenue, Wap push – 16%, wap 12% - Marbridge).
Independent metrics, for one, are missing. Though these metrics don’t exist either in the China online advertising world, this is not stopping the market from growing faster than anytime before. The difference with mobile, however, is that the mobile ad market is hugely uneducated and marketers are more often than not reluctant to throw (larger) budgets to acquire (mobile) inventories when they do not know if their ad will end up on one of the gazillions illegal (soft) porn wap sites marring China’s internet…
Digging deeper into the mobile market’s peculiarities, flat data rates plans (or lack thereof) could be a roadblock to adoption too. China Mobile and China Unicom recently cancelled their flat data plans – though it is believed this will be a short-lived decision, at the eve of major 3G deployment. Beyond the regulatory thing, what insiders fear the most is short-sighted strategies from operators (especially China Mobile, the dominant operator) to create more and more walled gardens. Until a few months ago for example, mobile music was widely available with all content providers working with China Mobile (called “SPs” here) – now they have to go through a dedicated music download platform hosted in one of China Mobile’s provincial operations. Not good for business… Same could be happening with mobile advertising.
Advertising on Monternet wap pages (China Mobile’s own wap content and billing platform) requires to go through the “exclusive agent” of China Mobile, a Japanese company called Fractalist. All other mobile ad companies need to buy inventory from Fractalist if they want a spot on Monternet’s wap pages. How un-cool is that? Besides, pricing is twice higher on Monternet than anywhere else (6 € for CPM and 0.3 € CPC, compared with an average 3 € CPM or 0.15 € CPC for free wap sites, according to Madhouse). And more bad news might still linger ahead. Very recently, China Mobile announced they received an advertising license and might take over the sms and wap agencies job and cut a deal with brands directly to carry out campaigns. In this unlikely yet possible catastrophic scenario, affiliate networks and agencies will rely more on free wap advertising inventory, which – despite its huge number of sites – only covers a small portion of total wap traffic. Statistics show China Mobile and only a few large service providers capture roughly 80% of the wap traffic.
Yet, if there is one area in the mobile industry VCs are currently bullish about, it is undoubtedly mobile advertising, search and marketing. Mobile ad serving companies have mushroomed in 2006 and 2007 (count MadHouse, WAPS, and CASEE in the winning trio), and so have mobile search companies like mInfo, UUCun or Yicha. Search is expected to capture most of the mobile ad revenue in China too, but in the longer run. 2D barcode and photo-based mobile companies have also emerged to grab a piece of the pie, such as Gmedia, Inspiry or Coolmark in 2D, and Hong Kong-based MyClick (picture-taking and recognition advertising-based model). On the marketing side (playing the roles of mobile media agencies), long time players like 21Communications or Puca (from Ireland) and new players like Fugumobile in the advergaming space (ad in games) or Pioco in the bluecasting space. To put things into perspective though, when Madhouse claims 251 million impressions in 10 months across 1,100 publishers (wap sites), AdMob claims 4 Billion impressions since 2006. Considering the China market is at least twice bigger in subscribers than the US market (where most AdMob ads were served), that shows the potential for growth here in China, to say the least. Madhouse, like their colleagues from 21Communications, claim some big guns clients relying on them for mobile marketing compaigns. While 21Communications is the exclusive mobile partner of Coke, Madhouse nourishes big hopes following successful campaigns with Pepsi, Visa, Nokia or Ebay in the past few months (www.madhouse.cn/en/pop/case4.m).
At the end of the day, all these players are still dividing a tiny pie, and few or none are convincingly profitable (except, maybe, the mobile agencies which operate, in my opinion, a non-scalable business model based on campaigns, not ad serving or affiliate network). Yet, the recent explosion of free wap (aka “off portal” wap sites) and advent of 3G before and after the Games in the coming months will probably push more borders than one dares to imagine, and will help facilitate mobile browsing penetration and web-sized content downloads. Location based services and behavioral search should be the icing on the cake boosting mobile ad spending. Let the Games begin!
Monday, September 3, 2007
1: Determine goal: audience reach or customer engagement
Sunday, September 2, 2007
"Serious initiatives from the likes of Intel and Access are gathering pace and momentum, whilst the carrier community continues to identify Linux as one of the few operating systems that it intends to support in its long-term plans," ABI research director Stuart Carlaw told PCWorld. Linux-based mobile devices have already taken off in Asian countries like China and Japan, with over 30 percent of the market.
Linux is benefiting from growing support in the handset OEM community, most notably Motorola, but also Nokia with less traditional types of devices aimed at mobile broadband applications. Between Motorola's plans to run Linux its handsets, and Google's rumored gPhone, the odds of you carrying a penguin in your pocket are improving every day.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
MasterCard Funny Commercial - video powered by Metacafe