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Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Carnival of the Mobilists #150

A nice round number for the Carnival with a bumper stack of posts from a wide number of areas in the mobile space.

Let's get cracking.

Femtocells [here a handy wikipedia link :-) ] come in for some attention this week with a couple of interesting posts. First up, a cheer for a newbie to the Carnival: welcome David Chambers. He offers a detailed and insightful post concerning making use of Femtocells to help manage future load issues on existing networks, including a number of pricing models. It's the kind of post that you hope the operators are up to speed with. We then also have a timely posts from Ram Krishnan on the current state of Femtocell deployment and from Dean Bubley at Disruptive Wireless on which devices are Femtocell-aware.

In fact, if you do not have Disruptive Wireless in your RSS reader of choice then I recommend you remedy that now. Also this week, Dean serves up offerings considering the inadequacy of using ARPU as a means of measuring the success of mobile broadband and considers a possible splintering of work and personal social profiles.

Another one for a regular look-in is Visionmobile who this week - prompted by the success of the iPhone app store - look at a possible resurgence of mobile app stores as a means of user discovery. The analysis is thorough but much will depend on how these propositions move out of the early influencer space into normob territory.

Here the (non-Apple) download stores could use some tips from Barbara Ballard at Little Springs Design. She identifies the niggles that stop a number of services making the mainstream and this post is an excellent example. It is all in the detail.

Long term Carnival contributor and Champion - Dennis @ WAP Review is also hot on the case of usability. Take a look at this post.

The most recent game-changing UI innovation has been the touchscreen. Sachendra Yadav asks and invites comment on how big a shift this will be and whether or not it spells a death-knell for the (more) traditional keypad.

My blog of the week is from Andrew Grill at London Calling who uses a Gaping Void cartoon to set up his article perfectly and I have featured this above. 'Ask, don't tell' is the recommended mantra for advertisers, particularly in the mobile media where the relationship with the device is far more intimate than other channels. Nice post.


Other titbits:

I love these examples of mobile technology making a difference in the 'real' world. We have an excellent example here from Tsahi Levent-Levi in Israel of a compelling use of the technology to support healthcare services.

Martin Sauter at Wireless Moves - a frequent Carnival contributor - reviews the Huawei D100 and 3G connection sharing.

The G1 has launched to mixed reviews which you are no doubt up to speed on. Two fresh insights come from Omio which feature an interview with T-Mobile's Head of Corporate Affairs and from Geoff Ballinger who has his hawk-eye on the development of the OS.

Take a look at Idlemode too. The post that I was going to link to has disappeared but there is plenty of interest there nonetheless.

And that's it. A bumper week with some old stalwarts and new contributors. Thanks for everyone for your posts and be sure to check in next week at the Golden Swamp where Judy takes her baby back again.
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