Monday, 14 July 2008

Carnival of the Mobilists #132

Welcome to the Carnival of the Mobilists #132.

For those of you new to the Carnival, it is a collection of the best writing on the mobile industry from the last week written and collated from a rotating set of volunteers. The only qualification to be host is to have written three previous carnival posts. All you need do to get involved is send your entry to Please do.

This week has been a real pleasure to host with a number of thought provoking topics and surprisingly wide ranging - given the release of the 3G iPhone this week I expected an avalanche of Apple posts and little else.

Let’s kick off there though as Paul Ruppert at Mobile Messaging introduces us to the fascinating fact (well, estimate) that there are over 1m black market iPhones already in China and ponders its impact on China’s restrictive internet access security.

Igor Fateski at Mobscure also reports back on his first day with an iPhone – a day in which he used it actively and yet made no voice calls at all. It’s an interesting reflection on how it may shape our daily lives.

Also thinking about changing behaviour patterns, Ajit Joakar in his Open Gardens blog asks if we still cling to old forms of communication even though they are clumsier or even redundant now that the mobile web is becoming more prevalent.

Ajit wasn’t the only one pondering along this theme. A great post from Martin Sauter at WirelessMoves considers a number of use cases where communication has been transformed by mobile.

It was not that long ago that there was a stigma attached to using a mobile phone and it seemed to take some markets a long time to reach critical mass (UK, US and France for example), yet the impact of mobile technology can be far-reaching indeed. Take a look at this United Nations Foundation paper examining how mobile can be used to advance health care, particularly in the developing world.

This ties in with Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #223 on SmartMobs which describes the use of social networking in patient diagnosis and care.

Quite often these initiatives fall down on the capabilities of the networks and devices in those markets but All About Symbian asks us to take another look at what budget phones can do these days. It’s a brilliant post.

Dennis at the always excellent WAP Review shares his investigation and subsequent recommendation on how to provide access between web and mobile variants of the same site for different browsers. It’s important to ensure that the reader can get to where he wants to get to, not where you wish to lead him.

Also, considering design is Design for Mobile who are organising an interactive workshop in September. I am not sure of the protocol of including conference details in the Carnival but the request was politely made and it is an issue of increasing interest. So here you are.

Rudy de Waele includes a write-up of the recent Mobile 2.0 Europe Conference in Barcelona. A very well run event that brought together an interesting range of industry interests, allowing a broad series of discussions and introductions to a number of pre and post investment start-ups. Make a note in your diaries to be at the sister (or should than be father?) event in San Francisco on November 3rd.

One of the most talked about moments of the event was the operator panel session which was a little…. um…. animated, but perhaps the audience missed a trick by focusing on data plans and access rights – it seems as though we are all paying too much for our voice calls if you check out MobileSlate.

Starting to wrap-up, it is always worth alerting you to the writing of Peggy Anne Salz, though this post is not on her own M-Search Groove but rather over at Mobile Messaging 2.0, where she reflects on a number of recent conversations in which a number of services can help us be better prepared for our future interactions.

Mopocket asks an interesting question: why is it that often a service is overlooked until the moment Google launches it? In this example, Microsoft must be gnashing its teeth.

And finally, James at mjelly walks us through a number of mobile advertising networks which can be used by anyone in the off portal world to drive traffic to your site. This is a thorough list and we’d encourage you to feed back comments to the post both to add to the list but also add your reflections as to what works or not for you.

So, there we are. This week’s Carnival. It’s a tough call as always as to the Post of the Week but the warm glow of satisfaction goes to All About Symbian. Their post on budget phones offers great insight into how the developing world can continue to accelerate its mobile usage, compensating for the lack of fixed telephony or internet penetration.

You can find all the posts and all of the sites mentioned here in Mippin – add them to your favourites to keep track of them on a regular basis wherever you are.

Next week, the Carnival is over at Vision Mobile (who I remember wrote brilliantly on the symbian reshuffling recently). Please send your submissions to

Happy reading!

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Blogger Ajit Jaokar said...

Linked back a bit late! but did so!

19 July 2008 at 21:16  

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