cotm-200.jpgHappy 200th, COTM! is honored to host the 200th Carnival of the Mobilists, the weekly roundup of the very best in mobile writings from across the blogosphere.   I really can’t remember the bicentennial of the US (I was five years old at the time… something about tall ships and commerative quarters), so for me this is the real deal!  Strike up the band… it’s the Bicentennial Edition of the Carnival of the Mobilists!

We’ve got a trio of entries on Google’s acquisition of AdMob (announced last week).  Check out Antoine RJ Wright’s  The Relevance of Google Purchasing AdMob & Gizmo5, mjelly’s Why Google got a bargain with the admob acquisition (really, $750MM was a bargin?!?), or Peggy’s Google Buying AdMob: Why They Did It & The Real Impact on Mobile Advertising, Mobile Search.  Of the three, Peggy really nails it with a thorough analysis and first rate news gathering – which is why her post is my pick of the week.

On the mCommerce isle, check out Mobile Banking ROI tips from Bank of America from a newcomer to our ranks, David Eads of Mobile Manifesto – a mobile banking and commerce blog.  Very thoughtful post to say the least… lots of good info here.   Of note, “it took [B of A] 13 months for the first 1 million customers to adopt mobile banking. The second million took 9 months and the third million took 6 months. This represents an acceleration rate of roughly 30%.”  Tons more where that lil’ jem came from…

What’s next?  Well, prepare yourself for everything you ever wanted to know about of The Digital Divide in Numbers: TVs, PCs, Internet users, Mobile around the world.  Can mobile fill the breech?  Check it out and decide for yourself.  Or, if you haven’t yet had your fill of emerging economy-friendly subject material, browse over to The scarcity of learning sources is contrived, the best stuff is free.  Not exactly emerging economy, but hey – I’ve got a theme going, here.

Finally, you might want to read up on why “mobile marketing is stupid, but only for people who make it stupid!” in Don’t Put The Email Shoe on the Mobile Foot.  Love that quote, and that title.  I also love shoes, pithy puns and mixes metaphors… but those are all topics for another time.

Whelp… that’s all she wrote.  A shorty, but a… well, you know.  Be sure to catch next week’s carnival over at the Burning the Bacon with Barrett… and as always, to get in on all the hot blog-on-blog action submit your mobile-related stories to: mobilists [at] gmail [dot] com.

carnival_poster_sm1.jpgThe Carnival is in Town!

The Carnival of the Mobilists, the weekly roundup of the very best in mobile writings from across the blogosphere, is back on   As is typical with most summertime carnivals, the heat usually brings out the passion -and this carnival will not disappoint.  So enough with the intros… let’s hit it!

  • First up is Peggy Anne Salz of msearchgroove, who interviews Orange VP of Biz Dev Marc Overton to take a deep dive into the UK-based operator’s new Blyk-influenced mobile advertising initiative, “Orange Monkey.”  Is there something better than free?  Sounds promising, but we shall see…
  • Sachendra Yadav draws some interesting conclusions on future mobile behaviors based on current netbook usage patterns, while
  • MobHappy’s Russell Buckley picks up a similar thread over at Media Week. In “Mobile Rescues Traditional Publishers” he makes a good case for what Rupert Murdoch and the rest of the crumbling traditional publishing world can learn from Steve Jobs’ micropayment iCosystem.  Could it be that there’ll be room in the Post-PC era for the NY Post?  For page six’s sake, let’s all hope so.
  • Dennis Bournique speed tests server-assisted mobile browsers over at wapreview -and I’m not going to ruin the ending for you, but *spoiler alert* it ain’t over ’till the fat lady sings (for those missing the reference, read the post and/or bone up on legendary, server-assisted mobile browsers).
  • Next up is Ajit Jaokar of Open Gardens, who takes us by the preverbal hand to show us what a mobile WebOS experience might look like. Interesting take… but pardon those of us who are a little terrified of a cloud-based mobile OS on the AT&T network.  As for me I’m still trying to get two bars and an EDGE signal in my apartment w/o leaning out the window… 
  • And for something completely different, there’s Dean Bubley of Disruptive Wireless, who makes a bold statement that IMS is at its EOL.  As a marketer by trade, I’m not even remotely familiar with the particular ins-and-outs of voice/data mobile infrastructure systems and standards… but somehow when overlaid on top of the Dead Parrot sketch it all seems to make sense.  You’re a odd bird, Dean!

There you have it!  Be sure to catch next week’s carnival over at the Golden Swamp… and as always, to get in on all the hot blog-on-blog action submit your mobile-related stories to: mobilists [at] gmail [dot] com.

CARNIVAL of the MOBILISTS 172 MOBILESTANCE DOT COM bMobilestance is proud to host the 172nd edition of the Carnival of the Mobilists

For the uninitiated, the Carnival of the Mobilists is a weekly roundup of the very best in mobile writings from across the blogosphere.   It’s been over a year since we last hosted the Carnival, and we’re happy to say that it’s still going strong… with over a dozen of posts to choose from we’ve got our work cut out for us, so let’s get started!

iPhone iPhone iPhone.  If all the frenzy around last week’s Verizon iPhone rumor mill got you wondering what that might look like check out Why an iPhone Deal with Verizon Wireless Would Be Cool.  What’s that?  Had enough iPhone hype for one week?  Then give a read to The Others: Where Android, Symbian and Limo Are to satisfy your fix of “All Things (not) iPhone.” Proof that there’s life beyond that shinny little game changer from Cupertino.  Both are courtesy of Volker on Mobile Entertainment.

App Haps. If monetization of mobile apps turns you on, then head over to About Mobility and check out On Mobile Applications, Platforms and Monetization -“Show me the Money.” A very well thought out piece that really puts the space(s) through the paces.  So good in fact, it’s our POST OF THE WEEK.  Nice job, CEO – really top shelf! does a great job breaking down why barcode scanning is easier on Android than it is on iPhone in Barcode Scanning and Shopping with the iPhone, including some alternative approaches developers have taken to work around limitations in the current iPhone SDK.  Hopefully things will change with the release of the “new batch of iPhone goodies” heavily rumored to come out this June/July?

Finally,  Wild Illusions lays down some quality coverage of the medical App and services landscape in Mobile Pearls vol. IV: Mobile Healthcare Edition.  This sector is about to explode with the release of iPhone 3.0 this summer and its support of external hardware, so a very timely post to be sure.

Mobile Marketing & Advertising.  Over at London Calling: the Mobile Advertising Blog you’ll find a mobile marketing cautionary tale worth reading, or – why marketers need to REALLY pay attention to privacy in mobile, and not just give it the lip service that usually passes for “privacy concerns” in other digital channels. Consequently, it’s experiences like what’s described in this post that have informed my decision to never do business with SMS list brokers, regardless of what they tell me of of double, triple or even quadruple opt-in.  Sorry list-brokers, not only do I just don’t believe you, but all that opt-in language largely misses the point that consumers aren’t ready for most mobile push tactics, period.

A pair of posts on those aggregators of mobile ad inventory many seem to love to hate (myself not included!).  Mjelly has a nice post on The Rise of Mobile Network Aggregators while Mobile Broadband Blog makes some good points in iPhone – a Boon to AdMob.

Mobile Web.  Open Gardens publishes a piece on Harnessing Digital Footprints – the Dark Side of Web 2.o, while Dennis at over at WapReview posted a terrific review of dot mobi’s WordPress plug-in for mobilizing WP blogs.  The Dot Mobi WP plug-in looks fab and I can’t wait to try it out (mobilestance is also a WordPress site)… although if it means updating my WP I might have to pass.

Handsets and Hardware.  Only one post this week on the hardware side of the house, but it’s a real gem in “From MotoLozr to MotoRcvr via MotoTxtr: How to Prevent the Slo-Mo Suicide of Moto the Grand” from Communities Dominate Brands.  In this age of commonplace bankrupcies of iconic American brands like Chrysler and Citibank, this is a very well thought out, well written and poignant piece on the OEM so close to our hearts.  Our RUNNER UP FOR POST OF THE WEEK, and just by a hair!

Data & Resources. Anyone in need of a place to start in mobile SEO should check out The Place to Be: Mobile Search Engines and Portals Where You Should Register Your Site, while Little Springs Design gives a great update in Inspiring Articles in Mobile Design.

Chetan Sharma drops a new version of the thoroughly comprehensive Global Wireless Data Update.  Everything you always wanted to know about ARPU, but were afraid to ask!  Speaking of comprehensive… Ubiquitous Thoughts, in “It’s Been a Busy Time for Mobile Learning, but a Good Time,” pulls together a ton of great resources for those in the Mobile Learning space.

So there you have it.  Carnival #172 in all it’s glory. A shout out to next week’s carnival host, RadVision VoIP Survivor… and as always, to get in on all the hot blog-on-blog action submit your mobile-related stories to: mobilists [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Check out the best and brightest in mobile posts from across the blogosphere, read up on Google Latitude, an overview on cloud computing, a preview of MWC ’09 and so much more!

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As always… to get in on all the hot blog-on-blog action, submit your mobile-related stories to: mobilists [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Check out the best and brightest in mobile posts from across the blogosphere, including an examination of “iPhone Application Overload,” the explosion in African WAP use, and an example of that rarest of rare breeds: a positive example of Bluetooth marketing!

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