Offline/Online Convergence, Mobile Commerce, and Life After Check-ins

TechCrunch link For years, offline merchants have been acquiring data about you in attempts to personalize your experience through loyalty and rewards cards, credit card data, and surveys. But the problem is these interactions occur after it’s too late: at the point of sale. You’ve already checked out and are leaving the store, or have […]

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Why Checking Into Foursquare With Your Phone in Your Pocket Won’t Work

TechCrunch Link Updating your location in the background on mobile apps is gaining momentum as a use-case, most recently with an app allowing you to Check-In On Foursquare Without Taking Your Phone Out Of Your Pocket. Problem is—though this sounds really amazing—such uses of background location services are bound by hardware / software limitations and […]

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Foursquare, Geolocation and Product / Technology Fit

‘Location based services’, which map geographical position of a mobile device, use state of the art technology. But the technology behind the coordinates is really just an enabler for adoption – location based services are more of a product challenge. When they become easy and practical enough that they are really useful and sticky, they […]

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Why Wireless Doesn’t Scale with Moore’s Law

Moore’s Law, which simply states that the capability/cost curve of chips should double every 18 months, hasn’t applied to mobile operators. Below are some reasons why the cost structure and performance/capabilities of wireless proves way more complex than silicon: Scarcity of wireless spectrum: Wireless spectrum allocation costs prescribe to a different cost/capability curve, one based […]

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Why Your Cell Service REALLY Sucks

The above chart is a great depiction of why your wireless experience really sucks. Here are some stats: Mobile traffic is currently doubling every 9 months New capacity growth is only about 20% per year 3% of users represent about 40% of data usage The operators (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint…) entered a completely new usage paradigm […]

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Twenty Seven Companies Unite to Kill Apple (Huh?)

Today there was relatively huge news out of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that 27 companies are uniting to offer an online app store experience to rival Apple’s. Yes 27. Among the global alliance, 24 of 27 are wireless operators (Orange, Vodafone, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc) with access to 3B customers worldwide. Samsung, Sony Ericsson, […]

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Next Gen Wireless – Twitter, Foursquare and Spurring Innovation

Since the launch of the iPhone, carriers, and in particular AT&T, have been in the news a lot. Most of the press is around why the service providers fail at providing a decent user experience. From dropped calls to dead pockets, people have come to accept what would otherwise be a totally unacceptable SLA (service […]

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