Mobile Industry Review Show – Episode 22

Mobile Industry Review Show – Episode 22 from Mobile Industry Review on Vimeo.

This week we’re bringing you an absolute WHOPPER of a show. A veritable whopper.

1. We’re committed to bringing you our show from different, unusual and picturesque locations around London. I think we’ve beaten everything so far by filming from the Tower of London. Special thanks to Tim at the Historic Royal Palaces publicity department. As you might imagine, with almost 1,000 years of history to play with, Ben had a field day with his facts segment. ( 00:47 )

2. We take a look at the 3 Skypephone S2. ( 02:19 )

3. We’ve got lots of news and commentary on last week’s happenings. ( 05:15 )

Lastminute Labs, Google Gears ( 05:16 ), Orange hiring iPhone-fans ( 08:40 ), Nokia Maps

( 09:16 )/Lonely Planet ( 09:37 ), Blackberry Bold’s browser issues ( 10:26 ), IKEA MVNO ( 11:51 ).

4. James Body of Truphone makes an appearance. ( 07:03 )

5. Review of Etymotics Headphones. ( 13:47 )

6. Mobile Industry Review website news… including quick overviews of our upcoming jobs section. Plus: We’ll be at the Future of Mobile conference coming up soon. ( 17:20 )

7. Future of Mobile Conference.  ( 18:58 )

8. Special Sony Ericsson News.  Very special stuff. ( 19:18 )

9. The first EVER Whatley Goes Wild segment.  Including a special N95 8GB-protective-strap.           ( 19:40 )

10. We announce the winners of our competitions.  ( 22:48 )

11. Dan get’s his present. There’s almost a tear shed…( 24:37 )

12. James talks about the Nokia N78.  ( 25:36 )

Video Feeds:

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99 Responses to Mobile Industry Review Show – Episode 22

  1. constantine August 25, 2008 at 4:38 am #

    Another brilliant episode!

  2. DanLane August 25, 2008 at 5:21 am #

    Once again, thanks for the shirt guys 🙂

    …although the on-screen graphics guy seems to have gone on strike this week! 😛

  3. jakaraka August 25, 2008 at 5:54 am #

    Ha! Was wondering where they had got to? Always useful to have my N95 next to me ready to jot down anything!

  4. Kat August 25, 2008 at 6:33 am #

    Another awesome show guys!
    Would love to give those headphones a go, I reckon they'd be great for blocking out the crap music they play at MK when I'm snowboarding!

  5. smstextnews August 25, 2008 at 6:38 am #


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  6. ollysk2 August 25, 2008 at 7:32 am #

    Great show! Had a suggestion for you all though, is there anyway you could offer a direct link to download the show? Rather than just the feeds? Thanks!


  7. smstextnews August 25, 2008 at 7:34 am #

    It's almost 200mb… do you really want that, Olly?

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  8. smstextnews August 25, 2008 at 7:40 am #

    The 'medium' quality one at 640px wide comes out at around 700mb. Is there
    any appetite for it?

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  9. smstextnews August 25, 2008 at 7:41 am #

    Ah yes and I think you can download the m4v original via the Vimeo too.

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  10. ollysk2 August 25, 2008 at 7:43 am #

    Well I of course am speaking rather selfishly, but I tend to do a lot
    of watching of this stuff on my iPod touch.. The problem comes when
    the feed is a few days behind the actual post of the podcast. If there
    were a direct link to either the main file or the 3gp file than the
    touch will take that link and queue it up in the media player…
    Basically streams it. Rather self serving request, but I tend to be
    better with direct downloads then remembering to sync so that my new
    podcasts can be downloaded!

    Thanks all, loving having a good long show to watch!

    Sent from my iPod Touch

  11. Samantha August 25, 2008 at 7:43 am #


    Plus, brilliant T-Shirt Dan!

    Brilliant episode as ever!


  12. Michael August 25, 2008 at 1:55 pm #

    Great Show as always… Those of us in the States are always interested in what we will see here in 2 – 3 years time…

  13. preshit August 25, 2008 at 9:01 am #

    Crazy show 🙂 I feel sad sitting here merely watching it and not being a part of it.

    Those earphones look great. Just the thing I was looking for to be used with my iPhone.

  14. SteveRowlands August 25, 2008 at 9:05 am #

    Yet another great episode guys!

    I'll swap the headphones for a packet of custard creams…… Ok, Ok, Jammie Dodgers then…..

  15. Abul August 25, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    Great episode guys, job well done. No interview with James Body?

  16. Eddy August 25, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    Crazy and great show again. Really great show…being one of the winners my comment may be biaised but I really enjoyed the show. Well done guys and thanks for the show and the gift.

    +1 for an interview with James Body…how many devices again in his pockets?

  17. norcalbarney August 25, 2008 at 10:49 am #

    Since you're running it through editing software, could you release a lower bandwidth version? 30 minutes at 1000kbps should be a downloadable size, like around 250MB. I'll try downloading the m4v file, just because I can't watch Vimeo at work.

  18. ocifant August 25, 2008 at 11:08 am #

    Another fun-packed and informative show guys!

    Not sure about the earphones though, especially in London. I like to be able to hear if anyone is coming up behind me…

    Is the duck available for PAs at all?

  19. jakaraka August 25, 2008 at 11:25 am #
  20. James Body August 25, 2008 at 1:17 pm #

    Superb as ever – the creative tension between the telephonic trio is compelling.

    The bit where Dan received his T-shirt (thank goodness the boys chose the right colour) was quite moving – there was a tear of joy in his eye!

    The biggest accolade has to go to Ewan – who must has given up hours of his Bank Holiday weekend to edit out all the giggling and naughty words!!

  21. smstextnews August 25, 2008 at 2:33 pm #


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  22. smstextnews August 25, 2008 at 2:34 pm #

    No rest for the wicked, James! 😀

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  23. issaham August 25, 2008 at 3:26 pm #

    Great show as ever guys! Really, really looking forward to an update on what's going on with Sony Ericsson.

  24. downagain August 25, 2008 at 4:00 pm #

    Today was my first experience of Mobile Industry Review; thoroughly enjoyed it. There are two things which could improve my experience:

    1) Stop the video pausing for a second on a regular basis; we're talking around once a minute, perhaps more (running on a MBP w/10.5.2)

    2) Whatleydude stopping interrupting the true stars of the show with bits of useless trivia.

    I'll be watching again!

  25. smstextnews August 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm #

    The pausing is nothing to do with us — it works smoothly with my 32GB ram
    Mac Pro 😉 Were you viewing the Vimeo video or did you download it?

    And as for Whatleydude's trivia, it is loved and obsessed over by many!

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  26. downagain August 25, 2008 at 4:53 pm #

    I was watching via Vimeo video, I'll download next time.

    What's your definition of 'many' in this instance? 😉

  27. smstextnews August 25, 2008 at 5:09 pm #

    I reckon tens of thousands, downagain!

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  28. Ben Smith August 25, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    It's breaking up for me too… At a guess it's Vimeo as their service went down earlier and it's normally fine for me…. They joys of the cloud!

  29. smstextnews August 25, 2008 at 5:27 pm #

    Ah yes they're doing some work at the moment it seems.

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  30. Ricky Chotai August 25, 2008 at 6:14 pm #

    looking forward to this on my train journey home later today!

  31. mark August 26, 2008 at 5:47 am #

    where are all the website addresses?

  32. Bart August 26, 2008 at 10:57 am #

    Am I to understand that the Quicky Mart can now supply me with a SIM card for their own MVNO.
    Could you tell me where to order this online as Apu has barred me for putting rum in the Squishy machine.
    Please can I win the headphones, they will do a great job of blocking out my sisters constant saxaphone playing.

  33. smstextnews August 26, 2008 at 6:16 am #


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  34. James Whatley August 26, 2008 at 6:22 am #


    Trivia Fail.


  35. Ben Smith August 26, 2008 at 7:54 am #

    James, I <3 trivia. Take heart…

  36. joshr August 26, 2008 at 8:01 am #

    word up, great show, so yes you should defo do a proper video podcast version fed into the current audio podcast feed 🙂

    then i can watch it on my ipod etc, which would be awesome!

    you could encode a lower res version for that i reckon

  37. joshr August 26, 2008 at 8:04 am #

    just thought i'd mention that engadget are reporting that the blackberry bold video where it gets trounced by the iphone over 3g has been shown to not be the case

    apparently the bold was on edge, not wifi. ack! ah well, i'm not a fan of blackberry's anyway, so don't mind either way :p

  38. ilicco August 26, 2008 at 8:18 am #

    another annoyingly good podcast, one of the very few i watch on a regular basis… i do believe however that the Blackberry Bold / iPhone comparision has been disproved, in that the Bold dropped back to a 2G connection as opposed to the WiFi connection it was meant to be using, hence the slow download of the content, but what do i know 😉

    keep it up guys

  39. Ben Smith August 26, 2008 at 10:12 am #

    There's been some follow-up posts showing the behavior definitely on WiFI. The link eludes me for the minute, but I'll post it ASAP.

  40. DanLane August 26, 2008 at 11:37 am #

    I guess the only real way to disprove it is for RIM to send us a couple of Bolds for testing!

  41. smstextnews August 26, 2008 at 11:40 am #

    Until then the Bold looks good. But sucks? Is that our editorial line? 😉

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  42. DanLane August 26, 2008 at 11:41 am #

    Of course today was the first time in 4 years of wearing that style of headphones (I previously had some Shures) I nearly got run over! Although that may also be due to Oxford St suddenly becoming 2-way again!

  43. Krystal August 26, 2008 at 11:43 am #

    Oh yeah well Canada has the Bold, that's right, we have it! Before you! 😀

  44. smstextnews August 26, 2008 at 11:55 am #

    So I need to do a story about the dangers of using Etymotics headsets too?

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  45. DanLane August 26, 2008 at 12:00 pm #

    A lesson in looking BOTH ways before crossing would probably have been more useful!

  46. smstextnews August 26, 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    green cross code

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  47. DanLane August 26, 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    … Remind me again how much the data tarrif is oh queen of smug?

    Also, you only have of first because it's a Canadian invention… Insert Celine Dion joke here.

    Furthermore… Aboot! 😛

  48. DanLane August 26, 2008 at 12:05 pm #

    It's the only scientific conclusion available given the appuratus at hand!

  49. ollysk2 August 26, 2008 at 12:15 pm #

    You guys also had Molsen Ice before the rest of us — first is not always a good thing 😉

    Oh, and I'll be making a trip up to BC soon, I'm assuming I shouldn't even bother trying to data roam up there as it'll cost me my firstborn?


  50. Krystal August 26, 2008 at 12:17 pm #

    You can't just let me have one freakin moment can you…

  51. Krystal August 26, 2008 at 1:18 pm #

    yup olly, pretty much

  52. ocifant August 26, 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    And ducking!

  53. Kip Hakes August 26, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    Another blinding Podcast! Ben – really you have nailed the looking down the camera lens stuff!! 🙂 And was so happy to hear my name randomly near the end of it. Thank you very much for the pens, they are damned cool. I was expecting a load of shite, but they rock!

    Only comment I would make is that it didn't feel as smoothly edited as the othe Podcasts, not sure why.. but hey ho!

  54. smstextnews August 26, 2008 at 3:44 pm #

    There was just too much I think. Too much and I had to squeeze the editing
    into about 8 hours.

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  55. Kip Hakes August 26, 2008 at 3:53 pm #

    Oh, and naughty Mr Whatley for taking his camera on Nemesis Inferno! Usually if you ask the ride operators they are happy to let you have them. But if you don't ask and they spot you with them whilst travelling up the lift hill they may stop the ride and take it off you. So in future, ask or take it out at the top of the lift 😉


  56. jimwild August 26, 2008 at 5:16 pm #

    Another great edition guys, good work!

  57. E-Z August 27, 2008 at 2:36 am #

    even though i don’t live in England, i do live in New England.
    i enjoy your crazyness, and the interesting info you put out there.
    thanks dudes.

  58. phoneboy August 27, 2008 at 12:45 am #

    I'm still looking for a higher-quality mobile version. Of course I'm sure it will be crazy big file size for that kind of quality 🙂

    Maybe Ben Smith will scroll to me the next time free stuff is given out. Maybe those headphones. The question is, are they actually worth 100 quid?

  59. phoneboy August 27, 2008 at 12:48 am #

    Disqus puked, attempt #2.

    Would like a higher quality mobile version, but given how long you chaps go on, the file will be 300mb 🙂

    Hopefully Ben Smith will scroll to me when the Etymotics are given away. Or something else. Hope it doesn't cost more to send it across the pond than it's actually worth. 😉

  60. smstextnews August 27, 2008 at 3:43 am #


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  61. smstextnews August 27, 2008 at 3:45 am #

    Give us some guidance, Phoneboy —

    We can give you:
    – 176×144 (this is the 3GP format we use at the moment)
    – 480×272 (this is the 180-200mb format we upload to Vimeo and put into the
    Large Video feed)
    – 640×540
    – 960×540
    – HD DVD quality — now we're talking gigabytes though.

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  62. David Carrington August 27, 2008 at 4:12 am #

    I was also wondering this one. James is pointing at the bottom of the screen in the video where there are no links.

  63. Kip Hakes August 27, 2008 at 6:29 am #

    Another thought – with the links – 'coming up on MIR' etc.. 'Welcome to MIR' etc. you should get other members of the MIR team to record them – Krystal, Julia, Samantha etc maybe even a disguised MR Operator? 😉

    I'm recording my ones for you soon – little fame whore that I am!


  64. smstextnews August 27, 2008 at 6:32 am #

    excellent idea!

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  65. k3ith August 27, 2008 at 11:25 pm #

    It would be great if you had time logs next to the show topics: See my two examples below after each topic. It would make it easier if I wanted to get to a certain part of the show instantly.

    2. We take a look at the 3 Skypephone S2. (2:19)

    3. NEWS – We

  66. Mike42 August 28, 2008 at 1:15 am #

    I reckon you can't / shouldn't factor in WiFi at all. To the point of disabling it in any test.

    This is the *Mobile* Industry Review, and (apart from JoikuSpot) WiFi ain't mobile.

    Certainly in Europe, there just isn't any compelling evidence that people flock to WiFi locations. Sure, if you can be bothered setting up a Cloud sub, and you have battled through the logon process you might use it if it's around, but you won't up sticks and hike a mile just to log on at a Star*ucks.

    Keep up the good work chaps.


  67. Mike42 August 28, 2008 at 1:21 am #

    And what a complete shocker – you gow *PWNED* by Dan over the self-install of the S2!
    …got any stats on number of Nokia owners who actually bother using NPC Suite / handset-as-modem? 1%? 2%?

    S2 w00t!

  68. phoneboy August 28, 2008 at 2:28 am #

    Why can't do you do a 320×240 like Cali Lewis does with Geekbrief?

  69. James Whatley August 28, 2008 at 4:27 am #

    “pwned” is a bit strong…

    ..and if you want to talk numbers, let's talk actuals.

    1-2% of all Nokia users use their handset as a modem.
    Would we say that, in actuals, that number will be greater than that of S2 Handset owners?


    It's a nice phone dude, but your anti-nokia bandwagon does get tiresome sometimes.
    And this is coming from the guy who was *actually* impressed at the Sony Ericsson party last night…

  70. DanLane August 28, 2008 at 4:35 am #

    Can we dress Mr Operator up like the Stig?

  71. smstextnews August 28, 2008 at 4:38 am #

    That is an excellent idea. Alas I suspect that he might object to the

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  72. smstextnews August 28, 2008 at 4:39 am #

    I'll sort that out, Phoneboy

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  73. DanLane August 28, 2008 at 4:41 am #

    Some say his middle finger is actually an antenna and that when he's REALLY concentrating, all the radios nearby go “dit ditty dit dit dit duuhhhh dit dit ditty dit duhhhh dit dit dit”

  74. DanLane August 28, 2008 at 4:42 am #

    It's a shame Vimeo doesn't do “chapters” like the audio player did!

  75. Mike42 August 28, 2008 at 5:21 am #

    <3rd go at this – what's up with Disqus?>

    No anti-Nokia here chap, looking at the 3 of them on my desk…just anti-silly ideas, like having to download stuff to, er, download stuff.

    Bet you dinner somewhere nice that the % of S2 users eating HAM (Handset As Modem) will waaaaaaaay outstrip Nokia users eating HAM within a month. And that the split will just accelerate.

    This is the lesson vendors should learn. Must learn. Will learn. Have learned from the runaway success that has been self-install USB dongles.

    'Actuals' mean nothing. 'Actuals' (as my man Roger Waters once quipped) make Grease a better record than Graceland.

    Pip pip!


  76. MarkW August 28, 2008 at 11:02 am #

    I know this is late, but I just got around to watching this episode. I have to say I feel like podcasts and the like are generally a waste of my life. Not so in this case! Nice one guys.

  77. James Whatley August 28, 2008 at 11:31 am #

    Wow – awesome feedback – thanks MarkW


  78. jamesbody August 29, 2008 at 1:27 am #

    Any chance of getting this syndicated out via iTunes? – it would make it much much easier to download onto my iPhone for a comfortable off-line viewing experience (and would undoubtably allow the show to reach a MUCH BIGGER audience)!

  79. Ricky Chotai August 29, 2008 at 6:46 am #

    all you need to do is add whichever feed to the add podcast link in itunes simple! 🙂

  80. Ben Smith August 29, 2008 at 8:07 am #

    Yes – this is coming this week. iTunes has a few more tagging and graphicing hoops to jump through that I want to (try) to get right before we submit.

  81. Ben Smith September 1, 2008 at 1:14 pm #


    Congratulations – you were picked on this week's show as the winner of the rather super Etymotics (like Shure's for discerning people) headset. Ping me an e-mail at and we'll post them over to you!


  82. bogart September 3, 2008 at 4:25 pm #

    Just catching up on my MIR TV.

    So, here's a weird thing that happened recently. I went to our new IKEA here in South Florida. As usual in large buildings down here, there is no reception. What is weird, however, is that my phone, an n82 for which there is no 3G in America, displayed the 3G symbol while I was walking around. I tried to access a website, which didn't work, of course, but it was strange.

    Only time I've seen the 3G symbol since getting this phone.

  83. smstextnews September 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm #

    that is veerrrrrrrrry strange!

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  84. bogart September 15, 2008 at 12:15 pm #

    I went back and took a screenshot of my N82 getting the 3G icon in a South Florida Ikea. I have yet to see anything like this anywhere else:

  85. edgar1013 October 7, 2008 at 9:18 pm #

    you're prolly picking up some security system signals mixed in there.
    my 400 dollar radar detector gets false alarms all the time too.

  86. edgar1013 October 7, 2008 at 10:18 pm #

    you're prolly picking up some security system signals mixed in there.
    my 400 dollar radar detector gets false alarms all the time too.

  87. radar_detectors January 31, 2009 at 12:22 pm #

    Yeah indeed it is!

  88. johnrhawkins1971 June 20, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    I believe that Canadians are more trusting of their financial institutions, and electronic banking in general, than our neighbors in the US. I don’t know what it’s like in the European Union, Australia, Africa, Asia, or other parts of the world. Your personal financial situation also influences your trust in financial institutions and your openness to electronic commerce. I would argue that people who aren’t living paycheck to paycheck to get by in life are more open to things like direct deposit, automated payments, debit cards, and so on because they have some disposable income.

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    I can’t tell you how happy I am with that episode

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  1. Ciaran Rooney - August 25, 2008

    Just watched “an absolute WHOPPER of a show. A veritable whopper.” –

  2. Ciaran Rooney - August 25, 2008

    Just watched “an absolute WHOPPER of a show. A veritable whopper.” –

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