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October 5, 2008

SMS? What is SMS?

Filed under: blackberry,convergence,e71,E90,google,Nokia,push mail,SMS — Admin @ 11:14

SMS? What is SMS? will be the question people ask around 2015. Since the birth of the internet with it’s Yahoo and Google,  the next big, subtle and exciting thing is the convergence of email and SMS. Like paging device and services, SMS will be the way of the past, push email will replace the functionality of SMS.

One with argue that people still want to send a short message instead a long one, sure. But the short messenging services (SMS) urges will be replaced by built-in or a third party’s Mobile Instant Messaging. Agile Messenger, Frind and Nimbuzz just to name a few.

Blackberry started with push email, they thought it would be a good idea to push your email to your mobile device even the price of mobile bandwidth was still expensive. With lower and lower price, mobile data (per kb) has become quite affordable and push email started make financial sense.

I am using Telkomsel (www.telkomsel.com) GSM and their price for mobile data had gone down from Rp12/kb to Rp5/kb (as per September 2008). Axis (www.AxisWorld.co.id) offered Rp0.1/kb. My daily email average about 30 emails/day, each email average about 3kb/email. That’s about 30 emails X 3kb/email X Rp5/kb = Rp 450/day; it’s Rp 13,500/month! BlackBerry Connect cost Rp 180,000/month. Go figure!

iPhone and Nokia smartphones already incorporated easier user interface and easier email setting wizard for Yahoo! or Gmail. In the next near distance future, a 6 year old kid or a 70 year old woman can sign up their own email via their mobile device with less then three clicks.

In 2015, when you ask people about SMS: SMS? What is SMS?

March 22, 2008

The Next E90 Nokia Communicator. What is it going to be?

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I have been using Nokia E90 since August 2007 and I was glad that the successor of Nokia 9500 and Nokia 9300i was finally had Vibration for silent call and Radio to fight my boredom while waiting for my business clients. The GPS is not much of a help though.I hope the next E90 Nokia Communicator would have:
  1. Sending Option, so I can schedule my sms when to be delivered, just like my previous communicator; Nokia 9500 and Nokia 9300i.
  2. Faster processor for faster processing power. I love Symbian OS and I hope to see more processing power.
  3. Slimmer device. Yes, slimmer please, it’s quite hefty you know.

If I don’t see those improvement in the next Nokia Communicator device, I would not want to spend premium price anymore, I would rather wait for Nokia E71 for the same features but slimmer and lighter.

March 12, 2008

Akhirnya terasa juga. GSM operator memukul balik.

Seperti yang sudah saya bahas sebelumnya, CDMA operator di Indonesia baru tumbuh setelah GSM operator beroperasi dan menguasai pasar (momentum advantage).

Akhirnya serangan promosi yang bertubi tubi ke pasar oleh operator CDMA seperti Esia, Flexi dan StarOne dirasakan juga oleh operator GSM. Lihat saja iklan iklan dengan Rp0,1/dtk, Rp0,0001/dtk, Rp1/menit dan lain lain.

Legacy Number. Nomor Handphone Turunan.

Beberapa tahun lalu, operator cellular baru yang berbasis CDMA seperti Esia, Flexi, Mobile 8 dan StarOne rame-rame meluncurkan jasa mereka. kira-kira 3 tahun sudah dan mereka masih belum dapat meraih pengguna pelanggan cellular berbasis GSM. Jurus-jurus baru dengan berbagai tawaran telpon murah hingga Rp49/menit pun diluncurkan oleh operator berbasis CDMA.

Apa yang membuat sulit operator berbasis CDMA untuk merambah dan membuat pelanggan cellular berbasis GSM untuk beralih ke CDMA?

  1. Roaming Factor
    Nomor cellular berbasis GSM dapat dengan mudah roaming (menjelajah) di hampir semua belahan dunia. Jika kita berpergian keluar kota atau keluar negeri, kita tidak perlu mengaktifkan atau mem-forward nomor kita dengan nomor baru (trouble free).
  2. Legacy Number Factor
    Momentum. Sudah banyak orang menggunakan cellular berbasis GSM dan sudah banyak orang yang mengenal kita dengan nomor GSM dan sudah identik seperti alamat kantor dan rumah kita yang cukup permanen. Untuk pelanggan yang ingin menghemat, kita dapat membeli atau berlangganan cellular berbasis CDMA, tetapi nomor ini sulit untuk menjadi nomor primer, karena nomor GSM kita telah banyak dikenal orang.
  3. Hardware Advancement Factor
    Perangkat lunak (software) dan jasa dari operator GSM atau CDMA yang baik akan sangat tergantung oleh dukungan perangkat keras (hardware) dari pada pemimpin (front runner) pembuat perangkat keras seperti Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola dan Samsung. Saat ini pasar cellular masih di dominasi oleh Nokia dan Sony Ericsson yang notabene pro-GSM.

Siapa yang bakalan menang? Penentunya adalah pasar sendiri.

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February 22, 2008

My Dream Mobile Phone

These are some features that most of mobile manufacturers have not think of or they may have think about it.

  • Auto Select (Rule Generator).
    Sure some of the mobile device already have some of this dual mode (GSM and CDMA) that can accommodate more then one mobile number in one device.
    Many of mobile operators offer “special offers”, mostly they offered discounted talk-time or sms (text) based on their marketing strategies. I wish we can set a rule on our mobile phone for some numbers, so that when we call the particular number, the phone can call based on assigned operator (GSM or CDMA) to save cost by taking advantage of the particular mobile operator special offers.
  • Built-in BlackBerry Connect or Push Mail
  • FM Radio
  • TV Tuner
  • 8 Mega Pixels Camera
  • 30GB built-in storage
  • Micro SD expansion memory
  • Fast processor (yes, this is very important)
  • Office applications (Microsoft compatible)
  • Quad Band, UMTS and 4G
  • Speech text recognition for faster SMS (text) typing
  • Voice enabled dial
  • World GPS enabled
  • Video Players (DVD, MP4 and many more)
  • Music Players
  • NO Windows Mobile
  • Symbian or Palm OS
  • WiFi a/b/g/n
  • BlueTooth
  • T9 Predictive text
  • 16.7 million colors
  • Phone battery that can last 7 days talk-time
  • Support ANY security modules for secure financial transaction
  • More then one mobile phone fields per person in contacts

February 21, 2008

Windows Mobile? No, thank you.

I’ve used Pocket PC and later on changed it’s name to Windows Mobile 5 and 6. What was Microsoft thinking? Didn’t they figure it out that many users nowadays have more then one mobile phones?Version 6 already and they still could not figure it out to put more then one mobile phone field on one contact. If my friend have more then once mobile phone (yes, more then one, GSM and CDMA), I have to choose which one is it to be input into the fields. Is it going to be on car phone field or is it on pager field? This is silly Microsoft! More and more business travelers carry more then one mobile phone, one is for their home mobile phone and one is for the visited country (using prepaid GSM or CDMA card).

I am into Symbian OS, they’ve figured out that some users have more then one mobile phone. With Symbian (Nokia, Sony Ericsson), I can easily add extra fields on email and particularly on extra mobile phone field.

If Windows Mobile wants a bigger market share, they have to start to think about what users (people) needs.

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If you disagree with me, please email me at blog(at)wanhart(at)com Windows Mobile 6 contact (on edit mode) screen shots on how to add more mobile field in one contact. On the other hand, for Nokia and Sony Ericsson users, please email me the contact screen shots (on edit mode) and show me how to add mobile field in one contact. Thank you.