Twitter Updates for 2008-03-13

  • my weekend in Brigthon and trip up to Wembley on saturday for the FA cup semi has been ruined..we’re playing on Sunday at 4pm!! #
  • went to sainsbury’s yesterday, forgotten my wallet..when will I be able to buy stuff with my phone??..just add it to the phone bill #
  • @atmasphere where are you then? #
  • @atmasphere cool..i shall check your blog see what you’ve been doing up/over there #
  • wondering why there are lots of blogs about the telco industry but none by the telco’s themsleves? #
  • @benrmatthews and hello to you too!..your UK NXNW sounds interesting #
  • @jezlyn I just delete it, but if it happens again I do call them back asking to stop, politely sometimes. #
  • @benrmatthews yes NXNW sounds interesting..i’ll listen out for the ideas..cool. #
  • my 4 year old daughter has figured out how my iPod works and has run off with it #
  • @patphelan you never know you might up with your own show! #
  • @RussB I just got the same spam, I mean email ..straight to trash #
  • @loiclemeur yes but it’s a fine line between joining the conversation and shameless promotion..@capgemeni is faceless right now #
  • @gapingvoid did i spot you in party scene of the video? #

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Dave Winer follows up on TWiT after emails from Nokia bloggers

So it looks like I wasn’t the only one shouting at their iPods this week. Dave has received a bunch of email putting him straight, he’s done a follow up.

What’s dissappointing though is the bad experience he had with the N800. It’s dissappointing that he felt that way about it and dissappointing that as a self proclaimed hacker he couldn’t make it work they way he wanted too.

I too have had problems with my N800 and my wi-fi, but I didn’t give up I tweaked the wi-fi, I changed the channel and it’s been fine. I think there must be too many wi-fi networks on the same channel.

Anyway, I glad there’s been enough pro-nokia bloggers out there that have tried to help him. But like I said in my post earlier this week. I’ve got working what’s he’s trying to hack together already in a single device, a Nokia n95.

Don’t give up on the N800 Dave, maybe it’s just too advanced for you 😉

Telco Dilemma Musing: Should carriers move into banking?

There’s two reasons I ask this, because of the talk about selling laptops that I read about and an experience I had yesterday.

The selling laptops is interesting and broadband providers did it recently so it’s not a new model. TalkTalk and Orange offered either free or extremely cheap laptops if you signed up to their broadband packages for, I think, two years. intomobile‘s thinking is that carriers should subsidise not only handsets but just about any data enabled device to drive data usage.

Subsidising handsets is fine if the voice and data packages aren’t capped as you’ll get substantial revenue from the heavy users. Once the cap comes in, subsidising mobile data devices loses it’s sheen quickly as all costs to the users are capped and so is the carriers income for those product.

So I can’t see carriers moving into the adjacent market of high tech goods retailing just yet, even with the buying power of the carriers.

Moving into banking maybe a little too ambitious, what I actually mean is payments. With the Telco Dilemma series it’s becoming clear that looking at adjacent markets is one for the carriers to grow revenue. This Telco2.0 post indicates that Services as an adjacent market is growing, but payment is failing to gain any traction.

Key trend: Beyond IT services, nothing else does – entertainment, healthcare, education, mobile payments, e-commerce all fail to gain significant traction as stand-alone lines of business

I’m struggling to understand why payments aren’t taking off, why is there such reluctance, does someone else have a strangle hold on this area of business and not interested in playing, the banks maybe? My experience yesterday morning was as I do when I’m at home, is leave the house around 8am with the girls taking them to nursery. On the trip home I decided to call into Sainsbury’s and pickup some more coffee. Now most mornings like millions of people I leave the house with my keys and my phone, I can get back in or I can call for help, but I left my wallet on the shelf.

So I walk around the store pick up the coffee and some fresh bread and walk to the checkout, when I realise I don’t have my wallet. But I have my phone, I can pay for ringtones with my phone, via SMS, I can donate to charity via SMS, why can’t I pay for my coffee via SMS?

This payment method could be used in just about any situation, Starbucks, text your order, pay, get text when it’s ready for collection. The carries who provide the network infrastructure take a tiny cut, that’s a tiny cut of every single business transaction that takes place, don’t forget the revenue for the SMS too.

Your mobile phone bill will look a lot like your credit card bill and then we move into interest on balance if you don’t want or can’t pay for all your purchases in one go, looks like banking to me and I want the convenience it brings. You can delve into this model in a lot more detail, the security is there for example, pin numbers in the SMS, but we’ll stop there.

Twitter Updates for 2008-03-12

  • Beer up by 4p a pint, wine 14p a bottle, spirits 55p a bottle and cider 3p a litre by Sunday. 4p a whole 4p it’s a scandal! #
  • c’mon you Spurs! 1-1 on agg now! #
  • @jezlyn are you happy with the n810 then? #
  • @jezlyn i use my n800 everyday not sure if it’s worth upgarding to the n810 though #
  • @jezlyn cool, did you have an n800 as well then? i’ve got an i-go bt kb too #
  • found out today I’ve got a stag do to attend in july sometime! #
  • @jezlyn yep that kb is very neat as is the whole device! #

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