BARCELONA was brilliant – and I’ve got the blisters to prove it.
The Mobile World Congress was host to 1300 companies – I tried very hard to get round to all of them, to spread the PMB Word, but probably only managed a fraction of that!
The mobile ecosystem is in the midst of an unprecedented wave of transformation. As business models adapt, new verticals and players emerge. Technology evolves, perceptions shift, and lives are improved. We are constantly looking at opportunities to expand and strengthen our business, and we certainly weren’t disappointed this year.
A big hello and welcome to our new partners in Pakistan and South Africa. We’re hoping to be out there visiting you in the next couple of months.
A big thank you to Kate Hamilton from Myriad, for her fabulous organisation…
Off to Uganda this week:
I’ll be spending time with one of our favourite clients – he even named his son after me, and you can’t say fairer than that!
Well – I’ve arrived in Barcelona, and guess what?
It seems that Vodafone and Nokia are following where PMB lead.
Offering low cost handsets to the emerging African nations. Our phones are superb quality and fantastic value for money. And they are ready for shipping right now!
‘Vodafone launched the world’s cheapest mobile phone and Microsoft unveiled a new operating system aimed at taking the smartphone into the mass market when the Mobile World Congress began in Barcelona yesterday.
Vodafone showed two new handsets aimed at customers in emerging markets in which it has operations, including India, Turkey and eight African countries. Both mobiles — one called the Vodafone 150, priced at less than £10 — are expected to open up the world of data services to users who could not afford expensive handsets.
The phones will offer basic voice and text services but also will have the built-in ability to manage mobile payments, as Vodafone looks to tap into the expanding market for such payments and money transfers in countries where traditional banks are difficult to access or out of reach for many.
Vodafone is not alone in looking to the cheaper end of the market for future growth. Nokia said that it was testing mobile banking services in India this year. It expected to roll these out to all the big cities in the country by the end of the year. With 4.4 billion mobile phones in the world and only 1.8 billion bank accounts, the opportunity was clear, it said.’
I thought I would start the week with a nod to Don Quixote. As I am off to sunny Spain tomorrow, today’s blog should feature the best of Spanish culture, hence Cervantes, and a picture by Picasso of Quixote and his side-kick; Sancho Panza. The title of my blog alludes to an adventure by the errant knight. Quixote thought the windmills he could see in the far distance were huge giants, and he prepared to fight them…
So tomorrow I take my trusty steed – Easyjet – and embark on my chivalrous quest – to conquer clients at GMSA. We’ve been doing a lot of research recently into procurement. It seems that the industry leaders are now out-sourcing their procurement on consultancy terms – great news for PMB.
The word on the street, is of course Social Streaming… have all your favorite social websites.. i.e Facebook, Linkedin etc, under one umbrella… at the push of a button on your phone. We are working very close together with Europe’s largest software house..who incidentally sponsor the best Mobile award at MWC..
I’m very excited to be demonstrating our new low cost handsets at the show, not to mention our must-have, knock me down with a feather, amazing qwerty mobile!
Happy New Year – and our very best ROAR to our friends in China.
This is a tricky one. Who does your vote go to?
The Estadia Nou Camp, home to 100,000 FC Barcelona fans:
Or Parc Guell, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi?
Of course, to me it’s a no-brainer. My favourite building in Barcelona has to be the shrine celebrating the most wonderful achievements of the 20th century. The Nou Camp of course! Next week I am in Barcelona for the World GMSA Conference, it would have been fantastic to take in a game but sadly the best football team in Europe (apart from Ajax of course), are away from home then.
Instead, I’ll check out some of the seminars, I’m interested in cloud computing and the tsunami of apps Apple have inspired – has this fragmented the market place? I’ve also got some interesting meetings lined up, I feel a bit like the pie man showing his wares, although obviously not to Simple Simon!
So now a report from the US states that blogging for the young is a thing of the past:
‘One student said teenagers had lost interest in blogging because they needed to type quickly and “people don’t find reading that fun”.’
Sounds depressing doesn’t it!
BUT, it is good news apparently for the mobile phone industry. Ex-bloggers would rather send short, quick messages via internet links on their phones.
We have more snow here, it’s not such a novelty anymore. I’ll be glad to get to Barcelona next week for a change in temperature – it’s been a long winter.
We also have low cost sim cards available. An absolute must for all those teenage cloud computerholics out there!