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We’ve got decades to go… decades!

Sometimes I simply cannot avoid the childish delight that erupts from my mind when I switch on my mobile phone in the Maldives and find email messages start to arrive.  The magic of if — the fact I’m on the other side of the planet and this stuff still works — never ceases to amaze […]

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Opinion

Google.com/phone Is Dead! Long Live The Mobile Operator

Back at the beginning of this year, Google’s launch of the Nexus One sent shockwaves around the industry. Mobile operators were quaking in their boots. Quaking, I tell you. Not because of the Nexus One’s market leading features, no. But because of the manner in which Google decided to sell the device: Direct to the […]

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Save me from the chip & PIN nightmare, please!

I’ve had it with chip & PIN payments. I simply can’t stand it any more. First, though, let me explain. A few years ago, the United Kingdom financial institutions, tired of the ridiculous amount of credit card fraud that they — ultimately — had to pay for, decided to implement chip & PIN credit and […]

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My Kingdom For An iPhone Rival

It’s a shame, it really is. By the end of this week, almost every person in my close family will be sporting an Apple iPhone as their primary communications device. Both my parents, both my parents-in-law, my two brothers, my wife and one of her sisters. Of the 10 people in my immediate family, 8 […]

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Operators Opinion

Fear the Googlepipe

The nice chaps at Mobile Entertainment magazine ran my ‘Fear The Googlepipe‘ opinion-piece yesterday morning. Did you catch it? It’s based on a post I did a little while ago about the launch of the arrival of the Nexus One and what that could mean for your common-or-garden mobile operator. I say ‘based’, but the […]

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Opinion

Beyond The iPhone: A World of Opportunity

It’s getting a little bit silly now, dear reader. Ridiculously silly. We’ve had a good year now of mobile applications taking off, going ballistic. Now, though, it’s time for the industry to get real about the iPhone: It isn’t the only handset on the marketplace. The World Is Not Flat I understand that the iPhone […]

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Opinion

The US Startup Visa: A boon for dismayed, frustrated British entrepreneurs

I’ve been reading a lot about the proposed US Startup Visa. Right now, one of the biggest things that prevents smart entrepreneurs (British or otherwise) from going to live and work in Silicon Valley, is the Visa issue. Sure, most nationalities can get 3 months worth of time in the States, but after that, they […]

Nokia is back and beginning to rock

[This editorial was originally published in the Mobile Industry Review newsletter on the 20th February 2010. Make sure you get the editorials ahead of time by subscribing here — free.] Change has come to Nokia and I’m excited at the prospect of what’s to come. The Ballsy Choice It was a ballsy choice to relocated […]

The Cannes Doctrine: The Future of Mobile

The Cannes Doctrine…. or why the industry is still controlled by idiots. [This editorial was originally published in the Mobile Industry Review newsletter on the 4th December 2009. Make sure you get the editorials ahead of time by subscribing here — free. View other recent newsletter editorials.] There is a fundamental misunderstanding in the mobile […]

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Vodafone 360 – An Absolute Failure?

[This editorial was originally published in the Mobile Industry Review newsletter on the 28th November 2009. Make sure you get the editorials ahead of time by subscribing here — free.] “360 will be an absolute and total failure… and then in 5 years, they’ll try again.” Discuss. That quote was sent into me this week […]

Vodafone’s Lukewarm 60-degree Offering

[This editorial was originally published in the Mobile Industry Review newsletter on the 20th November 2009. Make sure you get the editorials ahead of time by subscribing here — free.] If you’re working at Vodafone, you’ll want to look away now. In fact, hit ‘escape’ and press delete. Now. Very quickly. Because this text is […]

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Why the Ovi Store is still total bollocks

Yes I’m a fan. A big Nokia fan. Using my new N86 I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the background-processing abilities with the likes of Nimbuzz running along with Google Maps, ShoZu and so on. The camera is, of course, brilliant, too. But the Ovi Store? Oh dear. Here’s just one indication why it’s struggling.