Author Archives: Anil Malhotra

Does it make sense for carriers to attempt another mobile billing standard?

Last week, Telefonica Digital announced a tie-up with European operator Telenor, to standardize a way of charging third party services to customers’ phone bills. The idea is that a third party content provider could integrate with Telefonica’s BlueVia charge to … Continue reading

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RIM on a Roll….

We took some quiet satisfaction from BlackBerry maker RIM’s news flow at Mobile World Congress this week. The company substantiated the claims it made at its recent DevCon Europe event with a “momentum” release on February 27, stating that there … Continue reading

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Mobile World Congress – Can payments pave the way to a perfect sunrise?

There has been a lot of marking territory by the big beasts of the mobile industry this last 48 hours. The main pitch from successive carrier CEOs at this week’s Mobile World Congress has been the inequality of investment versus … Continue reading

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Carrier Payments help oil the machinery of mobile commerce

Recent numbers published by a developer selling on the BlackBerry App Store show a straight line, month on month increase in the percentage of revenue contributed from carrier-billed payments. It’s clear that when available, customers like to charge mobile-purchased, digital … Continue reading

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“Losing the Plot”

Despatching my 7 year old son to bed recently as an episode of Law and Order began on the TV, he turned and asked, “Are you watching one of those murdering programs?” To his mind, the nuances that distinguish highly … Continue reading

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App Stores give carrier billing a new lease of life

Just when you thought that the dominance of  the App Store had relegated carriers to little more than a marketing channel for Apple devices, and that SMS as a charging model for wallpapers and ringtones had been regulated into oblivion, … Continue reading

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How far fetched is Near Field?

Near Field Communications technology has been around for a while. Slender chips embedded in a range of products from handheld computers to bank cards are enabling applications to speed up information exchange. Where NFC has caused most interest recently is … Continue reading

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Mobile browsing in the ascendency

It’s the “simplicity of sharing” There’s a storm brewing over how mobile phone users spend their time on-line. In recent days an increasingly public argument has developed – claim and counter-claim – on how you measure the consumer appeal of … Continue reading

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Why music matters…….

…..this question has been at the top of my mind this week, prompted by several parallel events. Google announced its cloud music “locker” service ‘Music Beta’, just a few weeks after Amazon made its service available. Both are intended to … Continue reading

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Why iPhone users want more choice

A recent article in FierceWireless Europe (March 11) reviewed findings by market research company Analysys Mason, which speculates on how ‘exclusive content’ could become the next battle ground for operators trying to control customer churn. Specifically, the article states: Worryingly, … Continue reading

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