Here Comes Everyone Offering Wireless Services

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MVNOs have been tried by major brands like ESPN and Disney.  ISPs have attempted to extend into wireless service like Earthlink and Time Warner.  All these efforts meeting with eventual or dazzling failure.

Then there are the regional carriers like MetroPCS and Cricket who attract subscribers with low cost unlimited talk time.  But what about a utility holding company?  Can a group of power companies be successful where major brands and ISPs have failed?

Southern Linc began as an operation to by wholesale wireless service to support the employees of Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power and Mississippi Power using the iDen network (Nextel) and it’s two-way radio communications also known as chirp and push-to-talk.  In the mid1990sSouthern Company who owns these electric companies established it’s own wireless service as a move to create profit in what is for many companies a cost center: employee communications services.

Southern Linc supported its own employees and also made the service available to other businesses starting in 1996.  Recently, the company has extended its  service beyond push-to-talk plans to include cell phone and texting for consumers.  The company plans to grow its 260,000 subscriber base covering southeast Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle by offering service to rural areas not serviced by the Tier 1 and Tier 2 carriers.

Regional coverage has been one focus for wireless carriers meeting with more mixed results than the disasters of ESPN, Amp’d and Disney.  Southern Linc provides all the basic wireless service plans one would find from any other carrier including, Family Plans,  post-paid plans, pre-paid plans and business plans.

A group of electric companies offering an additional utility service has a logic to it.  And their ability to provide service in areas where the economics for larger carriers are weak due to limited subscriber base makes Southern Linc look like a strong contender as a different approach to an MVNO.

GOP Convention Attendance and Coverage

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Word came about 2 weeks ago that I’ve been approved as media for the GOP Convention.  Cool. I’m very much looking forward to meeting John Culberson, and talking about his experiences in becoming a real-time representative.  Video and live streaming will certianly be part of what I plan to produce along with some mixes and remixes.

There are more than a couple of techniques that I’ve learned since CTIA on improving sound of the video which is critical.  A couple of other improvements will be featured either before the convention or at the convention as they are used.  You can probably imagine the areas of improvement if you’ve A) attempted to create videos with your mobile device using one of the streaming services or B) had painful experiences watching the live videos.  The indie media tool kit for mobile reporting is something I plan to share once the final products are selected and tested.

I’m also looking for more sponsors for the GOP convention productions, so if your company would interested in this opportunity please contact me for more information at mojo@mobilejones.com.  More about this as things progress and the new design for mobilejones.com takes shape.

GOP Convention Attendance and Coverage

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Word came about 2 weeks ago that I’ve been approved as media for the GOP Convention.  Cool. I’m very much looking forward to meeting John Culberson, and talking about his experiences in becoming a real-time representative.  Video and live streaming will certianly be part of what I plan to produce along with some mixes and remixes.

There are more than a couple of techniques that I’ve learned since CTIA on improving sound of the video which is critical.  A couple of other improvements will be featured either before the convention or at the convention as they are used.  You can probably imagine the areas of improvement if you’ve A) attempted to create videos with your mobile device using one of the streaming services or B) had painful experiences watching the live videos.  The indie media tool kit for mobile reporting is something I plan to share once the final products are selected and tested.

I’m also looking for more sponsors for the GOP convention productions, so if your company would interested in this opportunity please contact me for more information at mojo@mobilejones.com.  More about this as things progress and the new design for mobilejones.com takes shape.

GOP Convention Attendance and Coverage

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Word came about 2 weeks ago that I’ve been approved as media for the GOP Convention.  Cool. I’m very much looking forward to meeting John Culberson, and talking about his experiences in becoming a real-time representative.  Video and live streaming will certianly be part of what I plan to produce along with some mixes and remixes.

There are more than a couple of techniques that I’ve learned since CTIA on improving sound of the video which is critical.  A couple of other improvements will be featured either before the convention or at the convention as they are used.  You can probably imagine the areas of improvement if you’ve A) attempted to create videos with your mobile device using one of the streaming services or B) had painful experiences watching the live videos.  The indie media tool kit for mobile reporting is something I plan to share once the final products are selected and tested.

I’m also looking for more sponsors for the GOP convention productions, so if your company would interested in this opportunity please contact me for more information at mojo@mobilejones.com.  More about this as things progress and the new design for mobilejones.com takes shape.

Time for a Refresh at mobilejones.com

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I’ve been toying with ways to restructure the site to accommodate video and other new elements on mobilejones.com. It’s become clear that the site needs a refresh with a design better suited to curating and wider diversity of media types.

Watch for a new design along with a new approach and focus for mobilejones going live soon. Thanks for sticking around to those who have, and look forward to getting your feedback on the changes. Until then….

Time for a Refresh at mobilejones.com

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I’ve been toying with ways to restructure the site to accommodate video and other new elements on mobilejones.com. It’s become clear that the site needs a refresh with a design better suited to curating and wider diversity of media types.

Watch for a new design along with a new approach and focus for mobilejones going live soon. Thanks for sticking around to those who have, and look forward to getting your feedback on the changes. Until then….

India loves to talk on mobile phones

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The Economic Times reports that Indian talk-time on mobile phones has reached a high of 461 minutes per month per subscriber. Indians are the most talkative nationality in the Asia-Pacific region out chatting the largest mobile market, China with 450 million subscribers, by 150 to 240 minutes.

The world’s four largest mobile markets are China, US, India and Russia. When it comes to usage, India with 166 million subscribers is second only to the US where the average American spends 838 minutes per month talking on their mobile phones. Russia with the fourth largest subscriber base logged a mere 88 minutes per month. China falls in the middle with China Mobile reporting usage of 303 mintues per month and China Unicom at 220 mintues.

Some of the variance in talk-time is easily explained by the assoicated tariffs. For example, voice charges in India average $.02 per minute with about $.01 per SMS making it one of the world’s cheapest mobile markets. India, also, adheres to the calling party pays and free inbound SMS schemes familiar to Europeans. Callers and receivers both pay in the US, but subscribers purchase flat rate buckets of minutes on both postpaid and prepaid plans many of which, now, include unlimited SMS. Contrast these subscriber friendlier plans with Russia where voice calls average $.20 per minute within a city and $.27 per minute from, say, Moscow to St. Petersburg. Also, both inbound and outbound calls are charged. Clearly, price matters.

India’s low tariff market is also a low penetration market. Although, growth rates are soring with 68% subscriber increase from March of 2006 to March 2007 according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in Delhi. And with the India mobile market forecasted to triple in the next four years, heavy weights like Vodafone are betting big on talkative Indians.

Carnival of the Mobilists #122

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The Carnival of Mobilists (CoM) makes it’s stop this week at Xelluar Identity. Xen does a great job of collecting a robust group of posts into topic areas including mobile advertising, payments, the future, content and applications, handsets and just fun.

Check out the CoM this week for the best resource on media about mobile in the blogosphere. Also, check with the schedule to find the lastest host locations of the carnival. Great job, Xen! And see you at next week’s show.

Covering Polls and Obama HQ in North Carolina

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Tomorrow is the Democratic Primary in North Carolina. I plan to visit the Obama HQ in Wilmington in the morning along with a polling location or two, and then on to Raleigh Obama HQ and polls. Watch for live coverage here.

If you have questions you’d like addressed by campaign staff or voters leave a comment here. Or participate live by watching at http://www.qik.com/mojo/ and using the chat feature while I’m broadcasting.

Covering Polls and Obama HQ in North Carolina

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Tomorrow is the Democratic Primary in North Carolina. I plan to visit the Obama HQ in Wilmington in the morning along with a polling location or two, and then on to Raleigh Obama HQ and polls. Watch for live coverage here.

If you have questions you’d like addressed by campaign staff or voters leave a comment here. Or participate live by watching at http://www.qik.com/mojo/ and using the chat feature while I’m broadcasting.