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Why would Amazon become a virtual operator? It already is one — Mobile Technology News Telecom / Solutions / XtraLine Operator benefits and the business case The XtraLine enables operators to generate more revenue through higher usage and the adoption of premium services. The XtraLine has a significant churn reduction impact because users don’t want to loose their XtraLine as well as their service related data (online phonebook, stored messages, call history…). myCity, une application de Belgacom pour un marketing urbain plus efficace - Belgacom Groupe L'application mobile myCity répond à la demande croissante d'information sur les smartphones et tablettes Le 18 juin, Belgacom lance myCity, une application mobile pour les villes, les communes et les bureaux de marketing urbain. Avec Belgacom myCity, ces derniers peuvent proposer d'une manière simple et rapide une application mobile professionnelle aux visiteurs et aux citoyens. À l'heure où smartphones et tablettes se généralisent de plus en plus parmi le grand public et où l'internet mobile rencontre un succès croissant, villes et communes se doivent, elles aussi, d'affirmer une présence mobile. Jusqu'à présent, le développement d'applications mobiles constituait une entreprise longue et complexe. Le concept est simple : le client choisit, via la plateforme en ligne Belgacom myApp, les modules qu'il souhaite utiliser sur son application mobile. Outre myCity, Belgacom lancera également sous peu myEvent et myBusiness.

Future of Comms - 10 reasons a "1-800" model for apps won't work Disruptive Analysis has just finished writing a 35-page report on one of the mobile industry's latest “big ideas” for mobile broadband business models: the concept of a "1-800" model for smartphone apps, where the user doesn't pay for data against their quota or cap, but the app or content publisher picks up the tab instead. (My colleague Martin Geddes wrote about the general "Postage and Packaging problem" in an earlier Future of Communications newsletter.) The idea has been floated by various operators - notably AT&T and Verizon Wireless - and supported by assorted network and policy-management/charging vendors. I’ve seen it referenced at several conferences, and the technology media has covered it fairly widely. These “toll-free apps” fits into the wider concept of “two-sided business models” for telcos, which I generally support – but only in some contexts. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of them. Toll-free is subtly different from zero-rating of data, where nobody pays.

James McQuivey's blog View this post as it originally appeared on Advertising Age. With the release of the Xbox One around the world today, Microsoft is now in position to see if it will catch up with Sony's successful PS4 introduction, which reportedly sold more than a million units on day one. Many are asking which console will win. That's actually the easy part. It feels a little like we've been here before. Most will barely remember that while Sony backed Blu-ray, which eventually won, Microsoft was betting hard on HD-DVD. We were right, much to Sony's distress. That's why the right comparison today is not between this and the last-generation game console launches.

Why Microsoft's anti-iPad strategy will backfire | Mobile Technology When Steve Jobs came back to run Apple in summer 1997, he famously told Apple's Mac fans "we need to get away from this notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose." He then announced a $150 million investment in the then-struggling Apple by Microsoft -- with Bill Gates joining the Macworld Expo announcement via satellite -- and a commitment by Microsoft to keep Office for Mac on the market and at parity with the Windows version. That investment went a long way toward calming investor fears and set the stage for Jobs and team to reinvent and reinvigorate the Mac, then create the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad over the next decade. Fifteen years later, it appears that Microsoft has concluded that for Windows to survive, the iPad has to lose. [ Get expert advice about planning and implementing your BYOD strategy with InfoWorld's 29-page "Mobile and BYOD Deep Dive" PDF special report. | Keep up on key mobile developments and insights with the Mobilize newsletter. ]

Telefónica steals march on Joyn with TU Me TU Me offers similar functionality to existing OTT plays Telefónica Digital, the innovation arm of the Spanish incumbent telco, has offered its first retort to the third party messaging apps like WhatsApp, Skype and Viber that are threatening operator business models. The TU Me application enables rich communications between users on any network, mimicking the functionality of OTT applications and tying them to the subscriber’s phone number. It has much in common with what is expected of the RCSe collaboration Joyn, which was announced by Telefónica with other leading operators in February. The application will initially be available for iOS users, with an Android version in the works. It can be used regardless of network, as long as a wifi or data connection is enabled, but will be marketed as part of a bundle for users on its O2, movistar and Vivo branded networks. Telefonica How does this article affect your perception of Telefonica? Telefonica is 9.2% positive Total votes: 22

Growth through innovation - The innovation spiral These are internal factors necessary for the innovation spiral to work. At the top are leadership mindset and culture: organizational leaders must be innovative and take risks to achieve competitive advantage. Once innovation is embedded in the culture, seven other factors need to be aligned to allow innovation to flourish: People and skills Technology Infrastructure Organization and governance Risk management Measurement and KPIs Funding Learn more The most innovative organizations collaborate throughout the process to access diverse internal and external expertise. Customers Investors Suppliers Governments Financial services Competitors Academics Other companies Innovation has, up to now, typically followed a three-step process – idea creation, development and exploitation. IntuitionSocializationIdeationDevelopmentExploitation Organizations typically innovate in three areas: Products and services Processes Business model The major market and economic circumstances that affect business.