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One reason why Symbian (and DeFi Mobile) is totally screwed at the moment

“Try out DeFi Mobile,” recommends our very own Jonathan Jensen.

It sorts out the automatic logging-in to wifi hotspots on your Nokia, amongst other things.

“Right, I’ll give it a go,” I say.

I flick up Google on the N95 8GB.

I type in ‘DeFi Mobile’.

And I’m downlaoding a sodding full size full screen website.

What the?

Sorry, this is a mobile company, this DeFi Mobile, right?

Isn’t there an automatic conversion to recognise that I’m one of the only people on the planet visiting their site to sign-up on a Nokia?

There’s a reason why no one else is bothering using these services.

Accessibility.

I’m sold on the concept by Jonathan. A recommendation from an informed colleague. You can’t get BETTER than that. I want to download, try out and buy.

I’ve got 2 minutes. I’ve allocated DeFi Mobile 2 minutes of my attention.

And…

No.

Next.

Can’t be arsed.

I have to visit a flucking computer. A REAL computer to get it to work.

Or else I have to find guess some sodding mobile URL.

And I can’t be arsed with that.

Look at this:

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They’re trying to SELL me with this. And this:

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Oohhhhhhhh dear.

It’s not like I’m browsing with some new T-Mobile G1 or an LG Renoir. I’m using a NOKIA!

This is why nobody’s making any money in traditional mobile.

So for everyone currently developing for Symbian, you’re off your head. At the moment. Unless you’re selling in bulk to corporates. If you’re relying on the wildfire kind of buzz that many app developers are getting off the back of the iPhone App Store or the Android App Store (BuddyMob hit the top 5 on Android’s App Store today by the way), then think again.

Unless you can get your app on GetJar. And hope against HOPE that your customers have the presence of mind to visit GetJar rather than type your name into Google after a hugely hot recommendation from a friend.

Bring on the Symbian or Nokia Application Store.

PLEASE.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

12 replies on “One reason why Symbian (and DeFi Mobile) is totally screwed at the moment”

I hear ya. Can't bear to visit full size web pages on my N95 8GB. Good phone though.

In this case through, the app company needs to do a little bit of work to make it easier to use their product.

Cutting!

Our RSS feed? Click through!

Put the main site into your browser Neil and it'll dynamically adjust to
whatever mobile handset you're using thanks to the WordPress Mobile plugin
we've got installed. You won't get the Vimeo deliciousness unless you use
something like SkyFire. But you can subscribe to the 3GP video podcast feed
as few thousand of others do on their N95s!

2008/12/12 Disqus <>

So imagine my disappointment when I hear about a site called “Mobile Industry Review”, and put their RSS feed into my N95, only to find that their linked Flickr images don't show and their occasional video reports require at least Flash9 and I have to view them on a PC.

Cutting!

Our RSS feed? Click through!

Put the main site into your browser Neil and it'll dynamically adjust to
whatever mobile handset you're using thanks to the WordPress Mobile plugin
we've got installed. You won't get the Vimeo deliciousness unless you use
something like SkyFire. But you can subscribe to the 3GP video podcast feed
as few thousand of others do on their N95s!

2008/12/12 Disqus <>

So imagine my disappointment when I hear about a site called “Mobile Industry Review”, and put their RSS feed into my N95, only to find that their linked Flickr images don't show and their occasional video reports require at least Flash9 and I have to view them on a PC.

man(more like woman) stop being a whiny girl…defi mobile puts everything to shame…sorry it doesnt seem to work on apple fans iphones or whatever…this is a serious tool for serious ppl…

pls stop nagging and whining like a little school girl who dropped her pencil

peace

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