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Sunday, February 27, 2005

I don't get it - or do I - probably not - or maybe so?

This kind of stuff drives me nuts. Allen writes "...The mobile phone guys will never get it. They will never figure out how to deliver content other than ringtones and maybe some MP3 tunes...."

Darn. Darn. Darn.

Who are these mobile guys that don't get it? Or does that mean that I don't get it or that I'm not a mobile phone guy or what?

Just because there's those white cables sticking out of your ear doesn't mean you've got the whole world figured out. (Whoops. Sorry. I think I'd also love to have an iPod!)

And one last thing for now. Ringtones may be as stupid as can be - but people are doing it... and I mean LOTS of people. So are all of these zillions of people buying ringtones (or games - oh no, watch out for those crazy people) idiots? Probably not all of them. Maybe just most - eh some - hmmm, a couple?

Whew. I think I feel better now.


  • At Monday, February 28, 2005 7:20:00 AM, Blogger Allen said…

    It's not the developers of content and applications who are the issue. The mobile guys are the telcos--the gatekeepers--who don't get it. It the ringtones providers had a way to get their product to the consumers without involving the telco middleman, you don't think we'd see more ringtones 9and better ones at that) in the marketplace. A gatekepper such as a slow-mvoing telco slows down progress.

  • At Monday, February 28, 2005 8:41:00 AM, Blogger Chris Ritke said…

    Ok, I can agree with that for the most part - although I can understand that the telcos don't want to open up their gates too wide, it's a question of money (lots of it) and quality - if you look at Handango where anybody can upload whatever they want you get a zillion titles in each category and nobody knows what to download.

    On the other hand, a friend of mine was a pioneer in the ringtones business in Germany - they started the whole thing with dailers - there weren't any gatekeepers involved in that. Although now the Government is the gatekeeper there because of all of the crap that has been going on with dialers in porn etc etc - now you get put in jail if you don't follow the rules; and plus: people are scared as hell of dialers because who knows what else those little programs are doing to your computer (spyware, dailling in even if you don't want them to etc)


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