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Mobile advertising – Who’s got a Ticket to ride?

In a recent blog post, we wrote about how online service providers (OSPs) are taking control of user data, threatening to lessen the value of the operators’ massive subscriber registries. Most OSPs’ business models are still based on advertising, and some of them are taking the lead when it comes to transferring this model into […]
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Published April 19, 2010.


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And I love her…

Speculations are over and facts are in the open. And I’m willingly admitting that doubting was wrong. “Need” has nothing to do with it. Just like you don’t “need” that motorbike if you’ve already got a pushbike and a car, or you don’t “need” that dessert after dinner or that glass of Chardonnay in front […]
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Published April 13, 2010.


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All this user data, so much to do and so little done

The entry of online service providers (OSPs) into the mobile world has been a widely discussed topic, focusing on the new competition that mobile operators face in the VAS business: media downloads, games and navigation, but even messaging and voice calls. What is less visible is what enables these companies to serve mobile users: Not […]
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Published April 6, 2010.


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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes…

Very recently Microsoft showed a convincing new user interface that indicated a new start at their mobile OS efforts, renamed Windows Phone 7 Series. This week they pushed ahead and presented more details, with fascinating prototype openness, of its upcoming phones, including their application platform. Now it is even clearer how fundamentally Microsoft has changed […]
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Published March 24, 2010.


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It came out of the sky!?

When we visited MWC in February it struck us that never before has the smartphone segment been more conformant in design and look-and-feel factor. Big touch screen, a few navigation buttons, GUI built on home screen with icons and very hard to tell one brand from the other. Traditional differentiation seems to be next to […]
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Published March 17, 2010.


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The dossier for our Prediction #3 – Shoemaker stick to your last – is building up

One of the world’s largest operators Vodafone is closing down Wayfinder, its provider of navigation- and location-based services. After players such as Google and Nokia started offering maps and other navigation support for free, “We could not charge for something that others give away for free” says a Vodafone spokesperson. Vodafone’s move, as well as […]
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Published March 12, 2010.