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Facebook sends operators a friend request at the TM Forum

At the recent TM Forum in Nice, Facebook used the opportunity to reach out to operators to try and persuade them to open their hearts and minds. Historically the relationship between Facebook and mobile operators has been a little… frosty. Some love the social network site, some simply can’t stand it. It’s a bit like […]

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Applications Devices

Facebook Home: Flipping brilliant; but my friends are rubbish!

I’ve been rather silent of late. I never want to actually force myself to write here on Mobile Industry Review. It’s far too easy to get stuck into the churnalism world of cutting and pasting press releases to make yourself feel like you’re doing the right thing. When I feel like I’ve nothing to write, […]

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Operators Opinion

One version of the future: “Facebook will kill the phone as we know it”

Here’s one possible scenario that many people I know in The Valley are betting on. The interesting thing with that area is that they have a habit of forcing their will. Facebook jumped into an already crowded VoIP market with the update of its Messenger app last week. Robert Gaal, of Karma, says the company’s […]

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Opinion

The Facebook Phone: Why it’s good news for the industry

I’ve been reading all about The Facebook Phone. I’m sure you have too. I thought I’d pen a viewpoint. If you’re in the mood for a cup of coffee, grab one now. Otherwise a TLDR (“too long didn’t read”) will suffice.  In about 48 hours the original report of Facebook hiring a few Apple engineers […]

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Operators Opinion

Just how much of a problem is Facebook for the operator industry?

A thought-provoking research note from the team at Strand Consult: People who believe that Google is currently the biggest threat to mobile operators may not realise exactly how much time mobile customers are using on Facebook and how Facebook is currently changing the way over 800 million people communicate on a daily basis. The biggest […]

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Opinion

A billion dollars for Instagram?

Oooof. There must have been all kinds of jiggery-pokery going on behind the scenes with this one. A billion dollars? Still it’s cash and shares — I haven’t read how much the actual cash amount is (or whether that’s been published yet) but of course the majority will be stock. Which, after 6-months or so […]

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News

[Insert YAFP here] = “Yet another Facebook Phone”

Charlie over at the Phones4U blog writes about reports that HTC is working with Facebook on an official Facebook phone. Next. I’ve set my expectations to way below zero. I most definitely look forward to being utterly amazed and surprised. However I do have to wonder what more you could do with Facebook on a […]

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Opinion

Google+ and the Android Trojan Horse

I was skeptical at first, but I think there is a future in Google+. I’ve been using it this last week, and it’s not perfect, but not bad either. I was skeptical because of Google’s massive social fails in Buzz, Latitude, Wave and +1 (although to be fair +1 on its own is a fail, […]

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Applications Opinion Services

Uplinq: David O’Neill of Viafo and the Interactivity of Apps

David O’Neill, CEO of Viafo, talks to us about improving the interactivity of Apps. Viafo deals with adding interactivity and functionality to Apps manageable from The Cloud. The standardised set of APIs handles sharing, checking in, commenting, liking and following. More from David:

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Operators Opinion

If an operator is charging users for Facebook roaming, should they pay a license fee?

This post ties rather neatly in with my previous one (Would you pay €2 to use Facebook on the beach?) regarding roaming. Now then, what happens if operators were to deploy these rather innovative plans such as the one mentioned above? It’s a topic I’ve been exploring whilst I’ve been on-site at MACH Insights 2011. […]

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Operators Services

Would you pay €2 to use Facebook on the beach?

So here’s a question for you. I’d like you to have a wee look at this video and see what you think of the concepts demonstrated. I came across it in the ‘Demo Lab’ area at MACH Insights 2011. It’s showing off a MACH product by the name of the Data Roaming Engine which enables […]

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Applications Operators

VOIP-enabled Facebook chat from Vivox: Fantastic

Try this out…  I’ve just been using it and it’s utterly smart (the back-end service is provided by the chaps at Vivox): T-Mobile USA has launched itself onto Facebook, providing free VoIP calls between social networkers though the service is not yet integrated into the operators mobile network. Bobsled by T-Mobile is a VoIP application […]