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Nokia N75 Hits US Markets

The great slim looking Nokia N75 has just been released into the wild on ATT (Cingular) network and is the first high-end, UMTS 3G, Symbian S60 3rd Edition smartphone to launch on ATT's (Cingular) network. The news on the street says that these very cool looking N75 phones are selling like hotcakes. It looks like Nokia may have a hit here in the USA market with a series 60 smartphone.  (Source)

149.5 mln Mobile Subscribers In India

India, I would rather say, fast catching up in the Wireless telecom market by quickly adding new connections. Naturally, India will become the second largest wireless market in terms of Number of connections, it is interesting to see how it fares in revenues.  While 484mln is very optimistic number by any standards, 300 mln is quite reachable.  India in 2006 emerged as one of the world’s fastest-growing wireless telecom markets, with the number of mobile-phone service subscribers in the nation growing to 149.5 mln, up from 85 mln in 2005. And the number of new subscriber additions continues at a torrid pace. Monthly mobile subscriber additions averaged 5.5 mln in 2006, and exceeded 6 mln per month by the end of the year. iSuppli projects that the wireless service subscriber base in India will rise to 484 mln by 2011, more than three times the 149.5 mln in 2006. The growth in wireless subscribers is fueling explosive growth in demand for new phones in India.Source: » 149.5 mln mobil…

80% Of New Mobiles Sold (in UK) Are Camera Phones

No surprise, in UK 80% of new mobile sold in UK are Camera Phones. Bundling of new functions like MP3 Player and Camera is the way to go for Mobile Phones. Consumers don't prefer to carry a device for each function and carry them all along. Instead they prefer to have all those functions in a device that they ALWAYS carry anyways.85% of UK consumers are using text messaging to stay connected to their peers at all times and more than 80% of new phones sold are camera phones, Telephia reports. MySpace is the site receiving content from the highest number of mobile consumers, with 21% of mobile uploaders saying that they have sent content there.Source: » 80% of new mobile phones sold in the UK are cameraphones | IT Facts | ZDNet.com

Mobile Content Revenue Yet To Pickup

As per an IDC report, in US Mobile Content and Application Downloads still accounts to only 13% of Content revenue for Q42006. About a half (48.8%) of  this revenue is still coming from Messaging. There were 236 mln US wireless subscribers by the end of 2006. Wireless data revenue totaled $4.8 bln for Q4 2006, which equates to roughly 13.5% of average revenue per user (ARPU) or $6.74 per subscriber/customer per month. Of the total data revenue, 48.8% came from messaging in comparison to 13.0% from content and simple application downloads and 38.2% from other business- and consumer-oriented services and content, IDC says.Source: » 236 mln wireless subscribers in the US in 2006 | IT Facts | ZDNet.com

25% of Young Adults Have Just A Cellphone

As per a report by CDC,  More than a quarter of young adults have only cellphones, making them the leading edge of a strengthening move away from traditional landline telephones, a federal survey showed Monday. One in four people aged 18 to 24 had only cellphones, as did 29% of those aged 25 to 29, the study showed. The percentages declined with age after that, with 2% of those 65 or over having only cellphones. The trend away from landline phones affects the telephone industry, 911 emergency service providers, and government and private polling organizations, which rely heavily on random calls to households with wired telephones.Source: Cellphone-only use growing among youths - USATODAY.com

Web2.0 Business Models : Beyond Google Ads?

How are many of the Web2.0 companies (hoping of) making  money out of their products? Quick and honest answer is : 'Nobody knows for sure, including the companies'. And predominantly there is only one business model: a free service and place ads on the pages. Here is nice study on current Web2.0 business models, from VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland : PDF FileSocial media is becoming more and more attractive to Web users. However, the majority of social media services do not have a clear business model. Typically an innovative idea gives birth to a service, which people can use free of charge. The most common way to create revenue is via advertisements: Google ads appear in many services. In the long run, however, social media has to adopt alternative means for making money.Why most web2.0 services are free?I think, despite the hype in the media, many web2.0 companies (excluding a few) are NOT looked as providing any VALUE to its users. Most of them do not appear to…

Thought Garage tops Google Search for H1B 2008

I never intend 'Thought Garage' to be a source of information on H1B visas. But regular readers of my blog and frequent visitors made it a prime source of information for H1B visas this year.  One of my colleagues left a message that Thought Garage tops Google search results for H1B 2008 ahead of the most famous immigration portals including Murthy.com. I looked it up on Google and below was the screenshot of the search results.There is no reason for my blog to appear at the top of Google search results for information regarding H1B visas, without your turning to my blog to get the updates and sharing your experiences for the benefit of other guests. I understand for some of you, getting a H1B and working in US will be a turning point in your careers and I am quite thrilled that you considered Thought Garage as one of your sources of information. Thank you all.I could not answer all questions asked by you on posts concerned with H1B 2008 Visa process, particularly certain lega…

Cat fish and Basket Ball

One of my colleagues forwarded this amazing Cat fish (real) story. Read on.Fish Story A guy who lives at Lake Conroe (50 miles north of Houston ) saw a ball bouncing around kind of strangely in the lake and went to investigate.

It turned out to be a flathead catfish who had obviously tried to swallow a basketball which became stuck in its mouth!! The fish was totally exhausted from trying to dive, but unable to because the ball would always bring him back up to the surface. The guy tried numerous times to get the ball out, but was unsuccessful. He finally had his wife cut the ball in order to deflate it and release the hungry catfish  You probably wouldn't have believed this,
if you hadn't seen the following pictures..

In search of Maximizing Mindsets

Seth Godin shares about his recent visit to Indian Consulate in Newyork and its bizarre state of affairs. Thats not a big surprise for me and fellow Indians who have been living through it for years. But it is quite interesting to read his fresh suggestions to treat it just like a business and leverage the unique opportunity and maximize benefits. He argues that problem is not lack of ideas to change but lack of a mindset to do so. The problem is that this bureaucracy, like most bureaucracies, has an attitude of minimizing, not maximizing. They want to minimize expense, not maximize benefit. There isn't a single person there who has as part of his job, "change systems to increase the satisfaction of people we deal with." Nobody who is charged with, "increase revenue opportunities for us and for the people we work with." Or even, "employ more people in Delhi." Same thing happens at my village zoning board, at most schools, at many churches and even, b…

106M Camera Phones in US, still behind Europe

Number of Camera Phone owners in US climbed to 106 Million in United States as per a press release by M:Metrics accounting to around 51% of total cell phone owners. So one in two have a phone equipped with camera.In terms of % of subscribers, US is still behind Europe where as high as 75% of cell phone owners have a phone equipped with a Camera.Cameraphone Penetration and Graphics Purchases: February 2007CountryPenetration% Subscribers Who Purchased Screensaver or Wallpaper% Subscribers Who Saved Cameraphone Photo as Screensaver/WallpaperUS 51%3.316.7UK 75%2.028.3Germany 70%2.020.4France 63% 2.126.6Spain 74%2.631.2Italy 69%2.931.7Source: M:Metrics, Inc., Copyright © 2007. Survey of mobile subscribers. Data based on three-month moving average for period ending 28 February 2007, n= 102,267 mobile subscribers in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and US.

Top 10 Mobile WebSites in US

Top 10 Web domains accessed on Mobiles for US and UK for the month of March have been announced by M:Metrics. Google tops both geographies.United States Top Mobile Web Domains: March 2007United Kingdom Top Mobile Web Domains: March 2007RankDomainAudienceDomainAudience1google.com1,894,143google.co.uk348,8732yahoo.com1,315,801bbc.co.uk298,0163msn.com903,158orange.co.uk215,3534microsoft.com734,664three.co.uk210,2865live.com697,589o2.co.uk202,3736go.com571,469google.com148,7227cnn.com509,772t-mobile-favourites.co.uk108,4638weather.com460,564ebay.co.uk106,3869myspace.com435,910msn.com93,38610passport.net434,050yahoo.com89,668 Source: M:Metrics. Reports for the month of March are projected to represent the universe of smartphone owners and are based on in-tab panel sizes of approximately 500 panelists in the United States and 600 panelists in the United Kingdom. Technorati tags: , , ,

iGoogle - Themes that change with you !!

Wow!! Another cool feature from Google. Now, You can personalize your Google page with a theme that changes with you, precisely your time and climate. Another simple concept that defines what personalization could mean and why you can't ignore Google.    >> iGoogleIt is raining in Dallas and here is what my theme looks like. I will update this post tomorrow in the morning, so you will see the difference.See you tomorrow then. And a Big Thank You to Google !Here is how the theme looks today morning. Funny that I missed my cute girl in red in the second one.I love it. The theme always looks fresh and quite refreshing. Here is another theme. This is wonderful in bright colors. Did you observe the Bagles and Coffee in the picture? Ofcourse, it is breakfast time.Technorati tags: , , , ,