Archive for October, 2010

Steve Jobs: New Tablets From Rivals Will Be “DOA: Dead On Arrival”

Steve Jobs just called out the tablet competition in Apple’s earnings call. First, Jobs balked at the idea that an “avalanche” of iPad rivals were coming this year. He said it’s just a “handful” of credible rivals. And then he took a shot at those potential rivals. He said all the new tablets coming from rivals this year will be “DOA, dead on arrival.”

His primary reasons:

  • Too many are looking at making seven-inch tablets, which are just too small. Jobs says a seven inch tablet isn’t 70% of the size of an iPad.  Because it’s measured diagonally, it’s actually 45% smaller.You’d also need to include sandpaper so people could make their fingers smaller,” to use these smaller tablets.
  • Many are going to use Android, which even Google says isn’t ready for prime-time on tablets. This means you get no apps with your Android tablet from this year.

In the Q&A with analysts, Jobs followed up and said, “We’ve got a tiger by the tail here,” in regards to the iPad and tablet market.

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Web Goes Mobile 2010 – Save the Date!

On December 8th, MobileWeb will organize the 5th edition of the Web Goes Mobile Seminar. The main theme is of high strategic importance to media companies, publishers and advertisers: “Tablets: new business for media?”. Next week we will announce the program and open the registrations. Keep a close eye on our blog or follow us on Twitter.

Web Goes Mobile

Web Goes Mobile Seminar

Main theme: “Tablets: new business for media?”

The iPad has been the fastest growing new multimedia device ever seen in history. Launched only in april of this year, millions of devices have been sold. Many manufacturers have been stepping up their efforts in introducing their own tablets.The iPad, and more in general tablets, are very likely to bring new business opportunities for media companies and publishers.

Top international speakers & local cases

This year again we have top international speakers who will share their insights and field experience with the introduction of iPhone, iPad and other mobile apps in their respective businesses. We will also present local cases in the Pecha Kucha format which we introduced last year.

Logistics

Block the date in your agenda: December 8th from 9.30 – 14h.

Place: Business Faculty, Nederoverheembeek

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Mobile Messaging Latest news: Telenet, GOF Guidelines and special characters in SMS

MobileWeb announces today 2 important upgrades of our SMS messaging platform:

  • The implementation of Telenet as a separate mobile operator
  • Complete support of special characters such as €, é, à, … in SMS messages

We hereby also inform you officially that as from October 15th 2010 modified GOF Guidelines will apply to SMS services in Belgium. Additionally we introduce you to our new team members.

Finally, please note in your agenda that we organize the 5th edition of the Web Goes Mobile Seminar on Wednesday December 8th, under the theme: « Tablets : new business for media ? »

Telenet : fourth mobile operator

Telenet : fourth mobile operatorSince October 11th, Telenet has become a full MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). This implies that Telenet will now manage on its own infrastructure and billing systems its mobile subscribers. Gradually Telenet will migrate its 170.000 mobile subscribers, who are currently handled by Mobistar, to its own systems.

For you, as a customer, this will not have any impact during the first year. MobileWeb has obtained special conditions for you with Telenet, who stay valid until September 30th 2011 :

  • No extra shortcode fees will be applied
  • You receive refunds or cash collection amounts who are equivalent to the ones from Mobistar

In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, MobileWeb has prepared the past weeks this technical and administrative migration :

  • The technical connection with the Telenet SMS Platform is now fully operational and tested,
  • All existing shortcodes have been activated on this platform and tested by our teams
  • Premium SMS customers will receive as from november 2010 separate refunds or cash collection amounts for Telenet as a separate operator.

Modified GOF Guidelines as from October 15th 2010

Modified GOF Guidelines as from October 15th 2010

Starting October 15th, the Belgian mobile operators will apply modified GOF Guidelines. The key changes of this new version :

  • Treshold of 25 euro alert: Service Provider have to send a free message when the usage per shortcode and per calendar month exceeds 25 euro (effective as from January 1st 2011) (article B2.2)
  • Premium WAP Push messages are not allowed any longer (B.3.2)
  • Subscription services, initiated on the web, have to follow more strict rules in communicating the first opt-in (B.2.5.1)

Please read the entire text of these modified guidelines on our site www.mobileweb.be/gof

Complete support a special characters in SMS

Complete support a special characters in SMS Since October 7th, all SMS connectivity services of MobileWeb support a much broader set of characters in the SMS messages. As a result you can now without any problem send SMS containing characters €, é, è, à, @,…

This character set is supported on all mobile operators and is know as GSM 03.38. A more complete description is available on this link.

Visit MobileWeb on Digital Marketing First (28/10)

 

MobileWeb will be present on the fifth edition of Digital Marketing First (DMF) on October 28th. Visit our booth B05 and discover our latest showcases of our  Mobile Messaging and Mobile Publishing divisions.

We will give a presentation in the conference program from 12.15 – 12.45hr: “iPad and other tablets: new business for media?”

The iPad has been the fastest growing new multimedia device ever seen in history. Launched only in april of this year, millions of devices have been sold. Many manufacturers have been stepping up their efforts in introducing their own tablets. In this session we will give you an overview of this exciting new market development, and share with you our latest insights about how the iPad, and more in general tablets, are very likely to bring new business opportunities for media companies and publishers. Additionally we will share our experiences in publishing applications on various platforms (iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones).