Five ways to reach all mobile internet user segments

The big greenfield global growth opportunities for internet access are in the emerging markets, where mobile broadband access will likely dominate new internet user adoption. Targeted pricing, adapted to the needs of user segments, is the proven way to maximize market development. ABI Research’s latest mobile Internet pricing tracker reinforces the notion that there are essentially five mobile Internet pricing models in operation:
  • The Tiered Usage Pricing Plan
  • The All You Can Eat Data Plan
  • The Unlimited Plan with Speed Restriction
  • The Data Surfing Time Plan
  • And, the Multi-device Shared Plan
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By David H. Deans, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones.

Further thoughts on the Google Voice / Google+ Hangouts integration

Google hangoutsMy post this week about Google Voice ringing into Google+ Hangouts generated a good bit of commentary, not only on the original post but also out on Hacker News, Reddit, Google+and other areas. Given the range of responses, I thought I'd reply to a couple of points and expand on some further related topics. So here goes...

"DUH! This is nothing new/disruptive. You could do it forever with GTalk/Gmail!"

A common response was to point out to me...

By Dan York, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Mobile, Smartphones, Telematics, VoiP.

Could Google be moving away from ‘Nexus’ line?

I find it interesting at Google’s annual I/O developer conference, the Mountain View-based company chose to showcase Samsung’s Galaxy S4 running the untouched, stock Android experience.

But it begs the question – could Google be moving away from the Nexus line?

 

This is completely theoretical, with the upcoming release of devices such as ‘Glass’, perhaps Google actually be making more of a play into the hardware market?

Google's acquisition of Motorola may also lend evidence to...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Google, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

You can now call Google+ from regular phones

Want to hear the sound of Google further disrupting the world of telecom? If you have a Google Voice number and also use Google+ (as I do) with the Hangouts feature enabled, you'll soon be hearing this new sound if you haven't already.

An Unexpected Ringing

Yesterday a random PR person called the phone number in the sidebar of this blog to pitch me on why I should write about her client. This phone number is through Google Voice and I knew by the fact that my cell phone and Skype both started ringing simultaneously that someone was calling that number.

But as I was deciding whether or not to actually answer the call, I realized that there was another "ringing" sound coming from my computer that I had not heard before. Flipping quickly through my browser windows I found my Google+ window where this box appeared at the top of the "Hangouts" sidebar on the right:

By Dan York, 23 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Smartphones, VoiP.

Trouble may be brewing at HTC, or are we overhyping?

There could be trouble at Taiwanese manufacturer HTC, according to The Verge.

Amongst staff departures, production failures, and the recent disastrous launch of the “First” Facebook phone...is there actually trouble, or are we putting the nail in the coffin too early?

 

HTC had a rollercoaster of a first quarter, with a highlight being the release of arguably the best...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones.

Analyst says Samsung is “tail wagging the dog” as Droid profits creamed

It’s common knowledge Samsung is Android’s biggest player – just this month shipping 10 million of the South Korean giant’s latest ‘S4’ flagship – but just how much does the hardware manufacturer take away from Android?

According to Neil Mawston at Strategy Analytics; Samsung holds 41% of the...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

136.7 million Americans now own a Smartphone

The growth of smartphone adoption in the U.S. marketplace has me wondering, how much more upside is available and when will we likely see full market saturation? comScore released data that reported the key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry during the three month average period ending March 2013. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 39 percent OEM market share, while Google Android led as the number one smartphone platform with 52 percent platform market share. ...

By David H. Deans, 17 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Smartphones.

BT heads into the 4G market, whilst Samsung readies 5G

For the first time in over a decade, consumers could be receiving a BT-branded mobile signal, along with the latest 4G-capabilities. But a particular South Korean company is already testing ahead...

Before we discuss this “next step” let’s investigate BT’s mobile network background, starting with Cellnet in 1985 the fruits of a venture between BT and Securicor.

Back then, as the first provider to offer WAP and GPRS, things looked great along with 11 million customers in early...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones.

Smartphone shipments grew by 30 percent in Q1

The mobile communications sector continues to advance -- with new handheld devices driving mobile internet usage. Juniper Research estimates that the number of smartphone shipments reached almost 200 million in Q1 2013, representing a growth of 30 percent from the same quarter in 2012. Samsung increased its smartphone market share by shipping an estimated 68 million smartphones and accounting for approximately 34 percent of all smartphone shipments...

By David H. Deans, 10 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Infographic, Mobile, Smartphones.

Nokia aims to conquer low and mid-range, but is there any chance of success?

The Nokia Asha 501 was announced at a global launch event in New Delhi earlier this week to much praise, mainly regarding the Lumia-esque differential styling, the “swipe” UI, and the price.

For anyone not familiar with the Asha line, it’s the Finnish-manufacturer’s solution to emerging markets; offering fantastic devices at extremely affordable pricing whilst being incredibly attractive.

Taking the 501 as an example of this, the device which is available in many fluorescent colours (and playful design is...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, India, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Smartphones.