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Mobile operators will lose voice services to mobile platforms   Leave a comment

Imagine buying your SIM-free mobile phone from a local electronics store and logging into your Google or Apple account as soon as you turn the phone on for the first time. Then imagine having the phone ready to use for voice calls with a phone number provided to you by Google Talk or Skype, and ready to access email, YouTube or Facebook.

That same phone automatically hooks to your home Wi-Fi or any of the available 3G, WiMax or LTE networks without you even knowing (or caring) which specific network its running on at the moment. No longer do you have to belong to a specific carrier — your phone automatically picks the strongest and cheapest network option at any given time. Your network access, along with voice, app/in-app purchases and everything else are provided to you by the mobile platform provider. The carriers are only there to run network infrastructure and sell bandwidth to two to three mobile platform providers.

Let’s face it, the only two things that still connect carriers to consumers are the voice number and billing for the network access. SIM card technology is rudimentary — you can easily conduct user authentication using a simple login, just like Apple does on iPods when you want to buy apps or songs from the iTunes store.

Looking into the future, even the phone number itself will disappear. Why bother with all these numbers when you can just place a call directly to anybody’s Facebook profile?

This future is inevitable, and the changes are coming very soon. With mobile platform providers running the show today, carriers simply have no way of stopping the process. Not having any control over the platform vendors — for instance, via a consortium that would centrally license Android or other mobile platforms to equalize the balance of power between the platform provider and the carriers/OEMs — they will eventually give up on their ambitions to control the user. Just read the Google/Motorola/Skyhook story to see how it happens.

It only takes one carrier to crack and start selling bandwidth to Google, Microsoft or Apple; all other carriers will simply have no choice but to follow. It’s like the prisoners’ dilemma from economic textbooks: If both prisoners don’t talk, both win. But if separated and one is promised a way out (or an easier sentence) and he talks first, then game theory suggests the winning strategy for each prisoner is to talk. In other words, one of them will crack. They are nowhere close to being united enough to stand together, even in the short to mid-term. Look how effortlessly Apple, then everyone else, took over their app distribution businesses — something that only five years ago would have been totally unthinkable.

Most likely, these first-to-crack carriers will be tier-two low-cost carriers outside the U.S., possibly acquired by, but likely just partnering with, the big platform players. Those carriers will have a high incentive to enter such partnerships, as their networks are already optimized for low costs (lean, efficient cost structure without heavy marketing, support, premium services overheads, better network logistics, etc.). Short to mid-term, the strategy will be against tier-one carriers, who have a high marketing/operations cost burden. The UK actually looks like a very logical place to start, especially when some UK carriers have already been experimenting with Skype phones, which were successful to the degree that price-sensitive younger audiences actually started to carry Skype phones as their second device.

It will probably be a while before most users fully switch to non-carrier-provided voice/network services — maybe five to seven years — but it’s only a matter of time, as the new model is so much more compelling to the consumer. Signing up for multiple phone numbers as easily as opening email accounts, getting the best and the cheapest network at any given time in any spot (finally, no more service drops!), free and unlimited voice/video on WiFi networks, cheap roaming even when overseas on a local service, and so many more benefits are poised to take off.

Once this happens, carriers fall into a very undesirable position. Network access becomes an absolute commodity, much more so than in the case of landline ISPs. The latter at least have relatively high switching costs, while a mobile phone is already connected to every network available in its physical location. This means carriers compete head to head over who sells the cheapest bandwidth to Google, Apple or Microsoft, and only those most economically fit with the strongest network logistics survive in the game. This time, the brand, handset subsidies or any other marketing tricks are of no help — it’s all about economics.

What’s really interesting is what could happen with next-generation networks. As carriers see their margins disappear almost entirely and the profits shift to mobile platforms, operators won’t accumulate enough profits to be able to invest in next-generation networks. Nor does the marginalized economics of the network business promise them high ROI. Mobile platforms do the opposite: By that time, they’ll have accumulated profits for all the value-added services, so they’ll have both the money to invest and the strong economic incentive to do so. This will also be very lucrative to mobile platforms politically, as owning services end to end, from cloud to network to devices, enables a whole new level of control and market power.

by Ilja Laurs is CEO at GetJar

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Posted September 12, 2011 by Rajesh_Gandhi in facebook, freedom, google, idea, internet, lifestyle, technology

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Paul Ceglia owns 84% of Facebook   Leave a comment

In a civil lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court of New York’s Allegany County last month, Paul Ceglia said he signed a contract with Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2003 to develop and design a website.

The terms of the contract entitled Ceglia to a $1,000 fee and a 50 per cent stake in the product, which eventually was launched as thefacebook.com, according to the lawsuit.

The contract also stipulated that Ceglia “would acquire an additional 1 per cent interest in the business, per day, until the website was completed,” and the suit said that by February 4, 2004, Ceglia’s stake in Facebook totaled 84 per cent.

Facebook, which has nearly 500 million users, is the world’s No.1 Internet social networking service and ranks among the Web’s most popular sites, alongside Google Inc, Yahoo Inc and Microsoft Corp. The privately held Facebook is also one of the most closely-watched Web companies by investors eager for a blockbuster initial public offering.

Now thats a case of riding back on the popularity wave and getting credit and public attention worldwide.

It seems a frivolous case, with no concrete grounds. Bet to be dismissed, but surely worth following and taking a lesson from it.

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Posted July 14, 2010 by Rajesh_Gandhi in celebrities, crazy, facebook, famous, faux pas

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You – the next Superhero   Leave a comment

Do you wanna please somebody? How do you do it? Gifts?

How about making him / her the next SUPERHERO and sending him / her on a ego trip?

Well, now you can make the person a superhero. Just visit this site and paste his photo here (adjust / pan / zoom so that the face is seen clearly). After you have applied the photo here, a film starts wherein the photo that you put in appears as a superhero throughout the film. After the film ends, you will find a link, which you can email, tweet or Facebook to that person and make him / her the SUPERHERO.

So, go ahead and make his / her day.

A superb form of flattery and an excellent idea for a romantic time. Imagine putting your spouse’s photo in here and sending him / her the link with he / she as the next SUPERHERO.

So grab a photo of that someone who matters (even a little) in your life and make him HAPPY.

(PS – Do let me know, who and how many did you make HAPPY by putting their photos.)

Facebook & Twitter magazine July 2010 issue out   Leave a comment

Have you got your copy of these magazines?

Grab one from the bookstores in your locality or Order one now from here these are just imaginary ones

Posted July 1, 2010 by Rajesh_Gandhi in facebook, twitter

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Facebook tricks   Leave a comment

Go to your profile page and scroll all the way down to the bottom.

On the bottom left corner in little blueletters, click “English US”.

When the language selection appears, click “EnglishPirate” then watch what happens.

When you’ve stopped laughing, paste this on your status to let others know!!!

Posted May 27, 2010 by Rajesh_Gandhi in crazy, facebook, humor, humour

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Facebook facts   Leave a comment

Posted May 16, 2010 by Rajesh_Gandhi in crazy, facebook, internet

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