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Facebook tops mobile internet usage
Feb 12th, 2010 by Pai Solebille

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Facebook, the social networking website has won the top-spot among internet sites accessed via mobile phones with Google taking the second spot.

This information along with other statistics was announced by GSMA’s Mobile Media Metrics (MMM) during its launch on 4 Feb 2010.
Facebook, sitting at the top had 5 million unique visitors while Google sites had 4.7 million and BBC sites 1.8 million.

Facebook’s triumph continues in other categories such as pages viewed, where it had 2.6 billion pages viewed, far greater than the 900 million for Google sites.
In terms of time spent in minutes, Facebook viewers spent 2.15 billion minutes and Google viewers spent 400 million minutes.

Internet usage on mobile phones is growing rapidly, GSMA reported that in the UK, in December 2009 only, 16 million users accessed the internet from their mobile phones, 6.7 billion pages were viewed and a total of 4.8 billion minutes were spent online.

Facebook has clearly established itself as a leader in the mobile media market.

A new era in mobile advertising dawns
Feb 9th, 2010 by Pai Solebille

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GSMA Mobile Media Metrics (MMM) was successfully launched in the UK on 4 Feb 2010 by the GSM association and comScore, a leading internet market research company, in collaboration with UK mobile service providers O2, Orange, Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and 3.

GSMA Mobile Media Metrics (MMM) is a powerful tool for measuring and reporting mobile internet data for understanding consumer behaviour to track the effectiveness and potential of mobile as a platform for marketing and media.

Reported data is anonymised and includes information such as unique visitors to websites, pages viewed, time spent and distribution of users between smart and non-smart phones.

Getting exact end user behaviour data in the mobile space has never been taken up on such a large scale. Having exact figures would help potential advertisers understand the new market and use mobile advertising as a serious marketing avenue.

Internet usage on mobile phones is growing rapidly, GSMA reported that in the UK, in December 2009 only, 16 million users accessed the internet from their mobile phones, 6.7 billion pages were viewed and a total of 4.8 billion minutes were spent online.

Mobile advertising has been picking up since 2008 when the iPhone was introduced, but 2010 seems to be the year it will take off.

LG KS360 Review
Dec 28th, 2009 by Pai Solebille

LG KS360 Blue
Review:

“Mobile Hub mobile phone of the month – December 2009″

LG KS360 lets you communicate with your friends in a quick and easy way. The Qwerty keyboard helps type out your messages a lot quicker than most mobile phones. The phone has been designed with messaging and email access in mind. The ability to access Facebook and Twitter at the touch of a button ensures that you never miss your laptop to meet your social networking needs.

LG phones are always very well designed and are guaranteed to look great. The phone inspite of its Qwerty keypad slips into your pocket or handbag very easily. The 2.4″ display is a great touch screen. You dont have to necessarily use the keypad to enter your number, the touch screen has it own on screen keypad. The auto rotate feature, a big pain with most big screened phones, works like a wonder on this phone.

The camera is a disappointing 2 mega pixel one. LG has let us down on this front, considering that they generally squeeze in high end cameras into most of their phones.

The FM radio is a handy feature providing music on the go.

The USB interface ensures you can transfer data (generally music) from your computer onto the phone. As far as connectivity is concerned the phone supports Bluetooth, EDGE, GPRS, GSM, USB and WAP.

The best bit about the phone is not its stunning looks, but the pricing. Priced at an affordable £60 pounds on pay as you go, one would not go wrong with this model.

Full Manufacturer Specification & Features:

Key Features

  • Smart Touch Screen dialing
  • 2.4-inch display-screen
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • 2.0-Megapixel camera with Flash
  • MicroSD card slot
  • MMS

Camera Features

  • Autofocus
  • Flash
  • 2.0-megapixel camera

Music Features

  • MP3 Player
  • MP3 Ringtones
  • Polyphonic Ringtones

Standard Features

  • Built-in handsfree
  • Calculator
  • Clock
  • Games
  • Organiser
  • Vibrate
  • Voice memo

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth
  • EDGE
  • GPRS
  • GSM
  • USB
  • WAP

Display & User Interface

  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
  • Colour Screen
  • Full QWERTY Keyboard
  • Touch-screen
  • Wallpapers

Applications

  • Internet Browsing
  • Java™

Memory

  • Expandable
  • MicroSD Card
  • Internal Memory
  • 15MB

Messages

  • Email
  • Instant Messaging
  • MMS
  • Predictive Text
  • SMS

Technical

  • Dimensions
  • 101 x 51 x 17mm
  • Display Size
  • 240 x 320 pixel
  • Standby Time
  • Up to 430 hours
  • Talk Time
  • Up to 5 hours
  • Weight
  • 108g

Summary: Great phone. Low priced. Mobile Hub rates this as the phone of month – December 2009.


Click here for LG KS360 Blue deals from OBIL.co.uk

EU might throw in a spanner in T-Mobile and Orange merger
Dec 28th, 2009 by Pai Solebille

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EU competition watchdog has been approached by consumer groups to look into the planned merger of T-Mobile and Orange.

The fear is based around the size of the two companies and also the fact that both of them have enormous operations outside of the UK. The merger would push the new entity right to the top of the UK pecking order. The merged company would hold nearly 40% of the UK market, which could stiffle competition.

We at Mobile Hub however think that the merger is a good thing for the market and the two companies concerned. T-Mobile and Orange are both players at the fringe of the market. Combining the strengths of both companies would push them into being a major player.

Nokia N900 on sale on Vodafone in January
Dec 28th, 2009 by Pai Solebille

Vodafone is all set to launch the Nokia N900 in January. This follows the announcement by Vodafone to launch the iPhone in January. So that makes two interesting launches next month.

The Linux based N900’s launch had been delayed by a few months due to last minute issues with the operating system.

Interested vodafone customers can register their interest for N900 on their site – vodafone.co.uk

Mobile Hub will host a detailed review of the N900 in a few weeks. Watch this space.

iPhone on Vodafone in January – Pricing Analysis
Dec 28th, 2009 by Pai Solebille

Finally Vodafone is set to offer the best selling smartphone, the Apple iPhone 3GS to its customers.

With O2’s monopoly (since 2007) on the iPhone broken a few months ago by Orange (and then by Tesco Mobile), Vodafone is the next to do the same. Though a pre christmas launch would have been widely appreciated by the existing customers of Vodafone, they preferred to wait on till the new year. This was most probably done as their Christmas sales strategy revolved around the Vodafone 360 and other products. There was no space for the iPhone.

Vodafone’s pricing will be slightly higher than that being offered by O2 and Orange. A free iPhone would cost around £45 a month on a two year contract. An 18 month contract will cost considerably higher per month. Most mobile phone analysts had expected Vodafone to be the one to crash the pricing on the iPhone. However this is not expected to happen now.

Orange is still the cheapest to offer the phone. However the difference in pricing is minimal.

Price Comparison: £35 a month (600 UK mins, 500 UK texts):

16GB               16GB                 32GB          32GB
Orange £87.00       £87.00         £175.00         £175.00
O2 £87.11       £87.11         £175.19         £175.19

£89.00 £89.00       £179.00         £179.00

Source: OBIL.co.uk & vodafone.co.uk

Our suggestion to anyone looking for the iPhone is to wait for a few more months. March/April 2010 would be a good time to get the phone and hopefully a price war would have kicked off by then.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X2 launch delayed again
Dec 8th, 2009 by Pai Solebille

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The much awaited Xperia X2 launch has been delayed again in the UK. Vodafone which has exclusivity over this model announced that the model would not be available in the UK till early next year. This is the third time that Vodafone has had to postpone the launch.

Either ways, it is already too late for Vodafone to wring any Christmas sales out of it, even if it were to be launched in this week. The X2 would have definitely been a big hit if it had managed to sneek into the market in November or even early December.

This does indicate that Vodafone do have some serious issues with setting up of the phone. If it were a minor issue, they would have probably still gone ahead with it.

The Mobile-Hub team had been anxiously waiting for the launch of this phone and to have a thorough review of the X2 on the site before Christmas. However looks like its a job for the new year.

Retweet on Vodafone
Nov 23rd, 2009 by Pai Solebille
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Twitter Logo

Twitter has just introduced a ‘retweet’ option. A ‘retweet’ or ‘RT’ as its called in Twitter allows users to ‘forward’ an interesting message from their own timeline to the timeline of all of ones followers.

Twitter had been sceptical in allowing such a feature at the click of a button, due to the fear of being inundated with spam ‘forwards’ choking up its social networking site. However as users tended to ‘retweet’ a message anyways, they finally gave in and have incorporated the feature into Twitter sometime last week (that too in a phased manner, not all users of twitter had retweets enabled on the same day).

Vodafone, always a front runner in social media related technology (see earlier post on Vodafone 360, a social networking coup by Vodafone), has been quick to allow the same from their mobiles. Sending a message of : “RT twitter username” to 86444 causes the last message received to be retweeted to all the followers. Vodafone users have long used the SMS method to tweet their statuses/interests. The ‘retweet’ option only enhances the experience.

Pay extra for dedicated 3G bandwidth says Vodafone
Nov 23rd, 2009 by Pai Solebille

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In what is a shocking new development in the mobile services sector, Vodafone has enabled users, to pay for a dedicated priority access, to the bandwidth on the network. Ofcourse this is only available to the business users of the Vodafone network (and only in Spain at the moment), but might be extended to all users in the future.

What this means is that, if you pay extra, you will have a high share of the 3G bandwidth on a priority and the ones that don’t will have a slower connection. This will eventually mean degraded user experience to the normal users, who could be denied bandwith even if there was enough free, for them to use.

Vodafone ofcourse does insist that ‘ordinary users’ will not suffer any sort of poorer performance. Oh well yeah, but we at Mobile Hub, do not understand how this could be the case. If that is the case, then why throttle the bandwidth in the first place.

After a few great initiatives the last month, like the Vodafone 360 and Twitter retweets using the phone, this is one stupid step from Vodafone.

Samsung H1 Review
Nov 15th, 2009 by Pai Solebille

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Review:

The Samsung H1 is the first handset that comes preloaded with the Vodafone 360 feature in the UK. The 360 from Vodafone is basically a one stop place for all your social networking needs. Click here for more details on the Vodfaone 360.

The Samsung H1 has quite an iPhonish feel to it. It looks and works like the iPhone. The main apps page looks a lot like the iPhone apps interface page. But no complains there.

Samsung H1 Apps InterfaceSamsung H1 Silver - CalendarPic: The Apps and Calendar pages on the Samsung H1

The interface works a lot like the iPhone. Coincidence, don’t think so !!

Of the two phones on the 360 at the moment, the Samsung H1 is the higher end phone, while the Samsung M1 is on the lower end.

The massive 3.5″ touchscreen is very impressive. The screen is big enough to view a webpage or to list enough applications in a single page. The touchscreen has a feedback output to touch, so when you touch the phone’s screen small vibrations are emitted, giving that natural rough texture to touch on an otherwise soft screen. This feature makes ‘touch’ very realistic.

The 5MP pixel camera on the phone is typical of Samsung. They always tend to put in the high end cameras on their phones.

It has the WiFi built into it. So using the 360 feature on a home router would be a lot quicker. This is especially useful if you have large files to be synced up with the main server (the main feature/advantage of 360).

The integrated GPS is a handy feature. It comes pre-loaded with maps and voice directions. No other high end phone at the moment comes with pre-loaded voice directions.

The 32GB memory implies that you will never run out of space. This is enough space to store 3200 MP3 songs. (Note: The initial marketing material from Vodafone indicated a 16GB upper limit on memory, but Mobile Hub can confirm that it is actually 32GB)

The Samsung H1 is available in two colours at the moment. Black and Silver. The Black looks more impressive than the rather dull looking silver model.

Samsung H1 - Side ViewPic: Samsung H1 side view.

The phone is quite bulky. With a thickness of 58mm and weighs a good 134 gms. But with the features it packs in, that would be expected.

Specifications & Features:

  • 3.5″ OLED touchscreen
  • 32GB internal memory
  • Wi-Fi
  • HSDPA
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 5Megapixel autofocus camera with flash
  • Dimentions 58×115.9×12.9mm
  • Weight 134g

Summary: Playing around with the H1 was a treat. The Vodafone 360 on this phone is just a bonus.

LG GD510 Pop Review
Nov 14th, 2009 by Pai Solebille

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Review:

LG, the South Korean conglomerate, has been one of the pioneers of the touch screen technology for quite a while now. The release of the LG GD510 Pop is set to keep their high standing in the market going.

LG has always tried to take the touch screen mobiles to the masses, rather than go in for the high end smart phone segment. The LG Pop for example is not expensive and is slotted in the low to mid range, as far as pricing is concerned. In terms of features it does punch way above its weight. The touch screen is a generous 3″ TFT. It looks sleek and ownable.

The LG Pop, follows in the foot steps of the highly successful LG Cookie. This means that all the basic features are included on the phone. It has a decent 3.2 mega pixel camera. This does both photos and video recording. The onscreen QWERTY is a treat to work on. This feature is nearly as good as the one on the Apple iPhone. The FM radio is a handy feature for those that want music on the move. If you prefer to carry your own music around, the memory (micro SD) is expandable to a staggering 16GB. That is enough space to fit in around 2000 MP3s songs.

The LG Pop however does not have the WiFi feature.

So all internet browsing will have to be done via the network providers package allowance.

The phone looks sleek. Weighing just 87 gms, it does neatly slip into your pockets.

Now for the important bit, pricing. It is priced just under £100 pounds, which is a cracking good deal for the features available on the phone.

Full Specification & Features:

  • 3 inch TFT touchscreen display
  • 3.2-megapixel camera with video option
  • Onscreen QWERTY keyboard
  • Internet browser
  • Bluetooth
  • FM Radio
  • Loud Speaker
  • MP3 Player
  • MP3 Ringtones
  • Polyphonic Ringtones
  • Built-in handsfree
  • Calculator
  • Clock
  • Games
  • Gesture/Motion gaming
  • Organiser
  • Speaker phone
  • Vibrate
  • Video Player
  • Voice memo
  • Bluetooth
  • GSM
  • USB
  • WAP
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
  • Colour Screen
  • Touch-screen
  • Wallpapers
  • 65K colours
  • Internet Browsing
  • Expandable Up to 16GB
  • Internal Memory 42MB
  • Email
  • MMS
  • Predictive Text
  • SMS
  • Dimensions 97.8 x 49.5 x 11.2mm
  • Display Size 3 inches
  • Weight 87g

Summary: The best under £100 phone on the market today (i.e. 14th Nov 2009).

Click here for LG GD510 Pop deals from OBIL.co.uk

Nokia’s Ovi Store Kills N-Gage gaming platform
Nov 3rd, 2009 by Pai Solebille

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Nokia has finally decided to close its N-Gage gaming platform. The platform set up in early 2008, helped users download games from N-Gage, directly onto their handsets. So the way the platform worked was pretty much similar to the iPhone’s app store, that lets users get apps straight to the phone, at the click of a button.

Users of N-Gage can ofcourse continue downloading games till the end of 2010. No new games will be however be added to the existing platform.

As far as Nokia was concerned, N-Gage had already become redudant, with the Ovi Store launch. The Ovi Store is basically a store that provides different content to use on the Nokia phones. So the games content on N-Gage would also be available on the Ovi Store, which potential could cause a lot of confusion.

The decision to scrap N-Gage hence is actually a good one.

Nokia has been struggling financially recently and scrapping N-Gage is one way of reducing unnecessary costs.

Vodafone launches ‘Vodafone 360′ – A one stop place for all your social networking needs
Oct 31st, 2009 by Pai Solebille

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Vodafone has launched its Vodafone 360 feature. The 360 is basically a one stop place for all your social networking needs. If you are on Facebook, Google, Hotmail, Yahoo and/or Twitter (and various other social networking and email sites), the 360 brings them all together in one single place.

The core features included in the 360 are as follows:

  • Connected Address Book
  • Communication
  • Maps & Places
  • Photos
  • Status Updates
  • Synchronisation

Ever wondered if you could consolidate all your contacts in a single place. The connected address book helps you organise your contacts spread across various sources into one single place. The address book hence is now a super set of all your contacts (on your phone, your social networks and email contacts). Groups can then be created within this superset for better contact management.

You can also effortlessly stay in touch with your contacts with phone, text, chat or email. Personal emails from Google and Hotmail can be read on the phone.

The Maps feature helps you with navigation. Voice directions are included. Also you can share your location on the phone and let your friends know your present location. Also share your favourite restaurants and bars with your friends.

Take photos and they are directly uploaded onto the internet. Share them with your friends if you wish to.

The Status Updates feature helps you see what your friends status updates presently are (on social networking sites) and share yours with them.

Now for the technical bits. The Synchronisation feature ensures that all of the above are synchronised into a single location. So if you lose your phone, its not a worry. It is all backed up online for you.

Only two phones are pre-loaded with the 360 feature at the moment, the Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 & the Vodafone 360 Samsung M1.

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Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 key phone features: (Click here for a detailed review of the Samsung H1)

  • 3.5″ OLED touchscreen
  • 16GB internal memory
  • Wi-Fi / HSDPA / Bluetooth 2.0
  • 5Megapixel autofocus camera with flash
  • 58×115.9×12.9mm / 134g

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Vodafone 360 Samsung M1 key phone features:

  • 3.2″ TFT touchscreen
  • 1GB expandable internal memory (MicroSD card)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 / HSDPA
  • 3Megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom
  • 55×111x13.3mm / 111g

However this service will be extended to the more popular models on Nokia and Sony Ericsson. If you have unlimited bandwidth on your phone you can still download the 360 onto your phone (provided the phone is compatible).

Samsung – Recession? what recession?
Oct 31st, 2009 by Pai Solebille

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Samsung Electronics seems to be doing rather well in a recession. Declaring results for the last quarter Samsung announced a massive $30.3 billion (£18.4 billion) in sales and a respectable $3.6 billion (£2.2 billion) in profits.

The South Korean electronics gaint has not been impacted as badly as the other big player in the electronics markets. Nokia has recently announced massive losses for example.

The key point to note is that their telecoms division has done exceptionally well. Far better than their other divisions. Raking in a net profit of nearly a billion dollars.

Samsung’s strategy has recently been, to provide higher feature electronics at a lower price. However they seem to have not yet been able to provide an end to end integrated solution like Nokia or Apple. The strategy of including a better camera or a better touch screen inteface has not yet paid dividends in the high end market segment. Samsung has hence done much better at the lower end of the market, while the Nokias, Apples and Blackberries have been battling it out on the smart phone side of things. The lower and middle segment of the mobile phone handset market is still massive. It is very easy to get diverted by the Nokia vs Apple battle, even though they account for a very small share of the overall mobile phone market. The bulk of the phones still sold in the world are the simple low end ones.

This seems to have played into Samsung’s advantage. They have silently cornered a higher share in the lower and middle segment. This is what the results declared validate.

Samsung is also going to invest nearly 5 billion dollars in research and development.

This huge spending means more pixels in our camera phones and higher disc storage on them. Overall, good news for the consumers indeed.

Blackberry Storm vs Blackberry Storm 2
Oct 29th, 2009 by Pai Solebille

Blackberry Storm 1(vs) Blackberry Storm 2

The Blackberry Storm that was launched by Research In Motion (RIM), an year ago, was plagued with problems post release. The Storm was launched in a rush and hence the problems. The interface didn’t work as it should, the touch screen left a lot to be desired and the phone auto-rotate feature was too slow to respond.

The Storm 2 basically fixes all that. Technically Storm 2 is called the 9520 (The Strom 1 was a 9500). However its not just the look and feel that have been upgraded. The Storm 2 has loads of new features built in, which were not previously in the Storm 1. Looks wise, both of them have the exact same dimensions and weigh nearly the same.

For starters, the Storm 2 has a ‘flashlight’. Well that is called progress. What would one do without the flashlight feature on the phone.

The major new features are:

  • Flashlight
  • The camera on the Storm 2 has a led flash.
  • A new upgraded sensor for the auto-rotate
  • The new Blackberry messenger
  • Wi-Fi support
  • Additional WAP support
  • Higher 2GB memory

Essentially the Smart 2 fixes all the issues with the usability aspect of the Storm 1 plus adds in loads of new features.

If you are thinking of getting the Storm 1 (9500), don’t, get the Strom 2 instead.

Also interesting is the fact that, at the moment the Storm 1’s are more expensive to buy, compared to the Storm 2. (Source: www.obil.co.uk)

Sony Ericsson Kurara – A scaled down Satio?
Oct 28th, 2009 by Pai Solebille

Sony Ericsson Satio

Nokia did it with the N97. The N97 has turned out to be a decent hit with smart-phone buyers. Hence Nokia decided to come out with a lighter/smaller version of the N97 called the N97 mini. The N97 mini, will have most of the features of the N97, but would only be smaller, lighter and cheaper. That was one great move.

Sony Ericsson is not letting itself be left out in the miniaturising existing successful phones story. The Satio has been fairly successful for Sony Ericsson. Featuring a massive 12MP camera, a touchscreen interface, Wi-Fi, integrated google maps and geo tagging. The camera obviously is its key selling point. The camera ofcourse in itself is  advanced for a mobile phone version. With integrated Xeon flash, autofocus, face recognition and an image stabiliser. Technologies that one can find in the mid-range digital cameras. The sequel to the Satio would be the Kurara. The best of Satio, scalled down a bit and ofcourse a lot cheaper. The camera is being toned down to a 8MP one.  Which is still more pixels than others have to offer at the moment.

Ofcourse, this means the Karura pricing would be correspondingly cheaper as well.

The Satio is a high price product from Sony Ericsson. (Eg: OBIL.co.uk sells them starting at £25 a month contract, with a initial handset cost of £135. Which is quite high.). The Kurara should be a lot cheaper than that.

NASA images now on iPhone – New App Launched
Oct 26th, 2009 by Pai Solebille

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The official NASA App is out now.

The App connects you directly to all the high resolution pictures that are presently in NASA archives. Also included are the latest video updates, a countdown to the next major NASA launch and ofcourse the NASA official twitter update.

So for geeks around here, this is a one stop shop for all things ‘NASA’.

Hopefully NASA also comes up with an Android & Symbian version of this App for the other handset owners.

Included in the App are:

  • High resolution pictures
  • Latest videos
  • News updates
  • Countdowns
  • NASA Twitter updates

Enjoy !!

Apple’s iPhone to be on Orange early November 2009
Oct 26th, 2009 by Pai Solebille

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iPhone sales in the UK has been monopolised by O2, since the time the phone first arrived in the UK. This has pushed the prices up on the iPhone. The best contracts on O2 started at £34 a month, which ofcourse included a hefty initial charge for the handset. The prices on Carphonewarehouse (and their sister concern mobiles.co.uk which added the iPhone recently) mirrored the exact same pricing plans as O2 had set it. Generally Carphonewarehouse and its sister stores always offer better deals compared to the service providers (well most of the time).

This is all set to change. With O2 losing its protected right of sale on the iPhone early November, the other major players are already trying their best to get the best-selling iPhone on their inventory as early as possible. Getting it in stock early November would mean a good entry into the Christmas sale market (which is generally the high sales period). Missing the November deadline would mean O2 would have the massive share of the sales.

However looks like Orange might infact be ready to sell iPhone as early as the 2nd week of November. It would be a great coup if they could achieve that. The logistics involved in doing this would be phenomenal. Loads of marketing and sales guys will have to work overtime to ensure that they would be able to smoothly handle this transition. It is also likely that they could get it totally wrong, by hurrying things up and that means end users who pay for their phones, but do not eventually get hold of them in the specified time frame. Hopefully Orange does a good job with the planning.

Other networks, are not even remotely contemplating ending O2’s monopoly till just after Christmas and new years. Vodafone’s targetted release of the iPhone is early Jan 2010.  This is most likely because Vodafone have already worked on a Christmas sales strategy and are unwilling (unable) to change it at the last moment.

Orange has been really bold and hope they can pull it off.

Ofcourse one thing is for sure, the iPhone is going to be highly affordable in the future.

Nokia delays N900 internet tablet launch – Again !!
Oct 25th, 2009 by Pai Solebille

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The futuristic N900 was to be launched in October. Its already end of October and the phone is as yet not available to buy. Most probaly the phone should be out by Mid to End of November 2009. (That is guess BTW)

The N900 which is priced at the higher end of the market (expected pricing of £400) was expected to Nokia’s grand entry into the tablet sector.

Running a fully fledged Linux based operating system, this would in reality mean a near compatibility with the present day desktop/laptop generation. Supporting all the latest technology that for example a standard laptop could provide. The operating system would by way ahead of the existing ‘Symbian’ operating system that most of the present Nokia handsets tend to use.

The delay is not exactly good news for Nokia. A run up to Christmas sales means a further delay could cost them massive sales over the next few months. The have a few more weeks to get their act straight, before it would be too late for the sellers to change their planned inventory.

Most major sellers have already finalised their Christmas sales inventory by Mid August.

For Nokia, time is rapidly running out.

Nokia’s iTunes might be a failure
Oct 25th, 2009 by Pai Solebille

The much awaited Nokia’s ‘Comes with Music’ service does not seem to have done well enough to dent Apple’s share in the online music download segment of the industry.

The service launched in the UK around an year ago, was Nokia’s first major step into the ‘contents’ industry. This move signalled the move away from being a pure handset manufacturing role that Nokia has played for ages. Nokia has always believed that, it should concentrate on making great new handsets, while the external industry would deal with the content and services aspect of things. The arrival of Apple (with its iPhone) dramatically changed the way business is done in the market. The aim now was not just to corner the market of the handsets, but also to monopolize the whole services and content that came along with the handset.

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The number of subscribers to the Nokia service have crossed only the hundred of thousands and not the millions that Nokia would have hoped for.

The service has also suffered greatly due to the inability to package the deals well with the handsets. This has hence caused the service providers being non-interested in pushing and marketing the deals. No deal can be a success unless the actual service providers push for it. End of the day its they who decide what products sell and what don’t.

Nokia should work towards ensuring that the service providers in the future are a part of any future forays into content sales.

As of today Apple’s iTunes sits pretty with no new competition in sight.

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