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Mobile Marketing – Nokia – ShowPressRelease : Business mobility – the new competitive mandate, according to global survey

mai 14, 2007

Mobility solutions lead to revenue gains rather than simply reducing operating costs; improved workforce agility, collaboration, and ability to attract and retain the best talent cited among key benefits

NEW YORK, NY – Competition is pushing businesses towards greater mobility, and companies plan to adopt mobile applications for core business activities – these were two key findings in a recent global survey on business mobility conducted by Nokia and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and in cooperation with the CIO Forum. As business mobility continues making headway into organizations and more advanced applications and processes are mobilized, the reasons behind companies’ mobility adoption can vary from hard core ROI benefits to softer values such as employee retention. Companies are increasingly implementing mobility to offer greater collaboration, responsiveness to customers, and better work-life balance to staff, fundamentally changing the ways people are working.

Nokia and EIU polled more than 500 global executives across a range of industries to find out how their organizations were using business mobility. In the survey, three quarters of the respondents pointed to human factors such as attracting the best talent – including new entrants to the workforce–improving customer support, and building brand reputations as reasons for deploying business mobility.

The survey shows that business mobility has gone mainstream. Well over one-third of executives reported that at least 20% of their employees can be considered ‘mobile workers’, defined as those who spend at least one day a week away from the office. Far from being a requirement for just a few specialized technology firms, business mobility is now seen as broadly applicable to companies in many industrial sectors.

Survey respondents cited competitive benefits of business mobility solutions, including:
– Important competitive advantages such as quicker response time to customers (36%);
– Improved collaboration within the enterprise (27%);
– And the ability to work with multiple partners/suppliers (12%).

The survey also showed that activities occurring in the field are increasingly core to the success of a business and companies can no longer rely on information merely being captured in the field. Respondents also planned to increase their use of mobility solutions over the next two years, with companies more likely to make greater use of:
– Remote network access (41%);
– Customer relationship management (34%);
– Collaborative applications such as mobile groupware (21%);
– And sales force automation (17%).

« This research clearly demonstrates that business mobility has arrived, and is viewed as a fundamental part of being competitive regardless of the industry, » said Olivier Cognet, VP, strategy and business development, Enterprise Solutions, Nokia. « We have resolved a great deal of earlier mobility industry ‘teething problems’ related to infrastructure, and the need for business-optimized devices and complete solutions. Now is the time to fully reap the far-reaching benefits that business mobility has to offer.  »

Along with advantages, respondents also said business mobility brings challenges such as managing a mobile workforce (19%) and maintaining a cohesive culture across a dispersed workforce (18%). The ability to measure the impact of business mobility on a company’s competitiveness was also cited (12%).

« By enabling decision-making ‘on-the-move’, business mobility solutions let organizations respond more quickly to customer needs, develop ideas for innovative products and services, and attract new talent, » said Nigel Holloway, Research Director in the Americas at the Economist Intelligence Unit. « Although it presents new managerial challenges, the long term trend toward greater business mobility is clear. »

As a means of enabling business mobility, Nokia’s integrated business mobility solutions portfolio makes it easier for companies to take a more strategic approach to business mobility, overcome the challenges, and help quantify the total return on investment (ROI). The portfolio includes Nokia Intellisync Mobility platform; Nokia Eseries business devices; secure connectivity technologies designed to safeguard data on the device and over the network; technical support; and professional services. Offerings are built on four key cornerstones: being simple to deploy, manage and use; being connected to eliminate the boundaries of both distance and technology; being intelligent enough to make communication affordable and respond to changing company and employee needs; and being trusted to protect sensitive corporate data and systems.

The global study was conducted in the first quarter of 2007 as part of the Nokia for Business Executive Forum, an initiative focused on competitiveness through business mobility. For more information and to download a complimentary copy of the report entitled, « The Quest for competitiveness: Business mobility and the agile organisation, » please visit http://www.nokiaforbusiness.com/compete

Nokia – ShowPressRelease

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Marketing Mobile – Publicité mobile : la MMA fait ses recommandations

mai 14, 2007

Bannières, liens textes, SMS, MMS, interstitiels, vidéos… La Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) donne ses conseils aux acteurs de la publicité sur mobile, un marché encore limité.

Encore confidentielle, la publicité sur mobile a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires en France de 7 millions d’euros en 2006, soit 0,03 % de l’ensemble des revenus publicitaires. Pour accompagner ce développement attendu, mais aussi l’encourager, l’antenne française de la Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) a publié un document dans lequel elle donne ses recommandations sur l’utilisation de formats publicitaires adaptés aux téléphones portables.

La MMA France veut ainsi encourager l’adoption de standards précis. Il s’agit d’une première en France, mais d’autres organisations pourraient également publier leurs propres recommandations. L’Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) a ainsi mis en place en octobre dernier une commission mobile, dont l’un des rôles est de faire des recommandations.

La MMA mondiale avait elle-même publié en novembre 2006 un document pour encadrer la publicité mobile, avec notamment des standards pour certains formats. L’antenne française va plus loin, en apportant des indications précises sur dix formats publicitaires (lien texte, bannière, interstitiel, vidéo simple ou autour d’un contenu vidéo, SMS, MMS simple et vidéo, WAP Push et publicité dans les applications embarquées).

Pour ne pas repousser l’utilisateur, dont beaucoup trouvent trop intrusive la publicité sur téléphone portable, l’association fait quelques recommandations. Elle conseille ainsi, pour les formats « pull » (liens, bannières, interstitiels, vidéo) de bien identifier qu’il s’agit de publicité. Les formats « push », comme les SMS et MMS doivent contenir l’identité de l’expéditeur, et n’être envoyés qu’à des utilisateurs ayant donné leur accord (opt in).

Par ailleurs, la MMA France invite les publicitaires à rendre cliquable – quand c’est possible – la quasi totalité des formats proposés. Elle en précise également les tailles et les poids, et va jusqu’à conseiller l’envoi de SMS ou MMS dans des créneaux horaires particuliers. Cette première version des standards publicitaires mobile sera cependant complétée par des recommandations sur un autre format, l’e-mail, sur lequel la commission Espaces Publicitaires n’a pas fini de plancher.

Publicité mobile : la MMA fait ses recommandations

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Marketing Mobile : Microsoft se renforce dans la publicité sur mobile en rachetant ScreenTonic

mai 5, 2007

Microsoft rachète le Français ScreenTonic, la régie publicitaire dédiée au mobile. Après s’est fait coiffé sur le poteau par Google concernant le rachat de DoubleClick, l’éditeur revient à la charge. Il enrichit ainsi sa propre régie publicitaire Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions (MDAS). Le géant de Redmond n’a pas souhaité communiquer sur le montant de la transaction.

Microsoft a pour objectif de fournir des solutions publicitaires pour les éditeurs et les opérateurs. «La publicité mobile devrait connaître une croissance exponentielle au cours des cinq prochaines années», prédit Didier Kuhn, PDG de ScreenTonic.
De son côté, ScreenTonic se targue d’avoir les principaux opérateurs français, britanniques et belges comme partenaires.

Il y a quelques jours, Yahoo! a proposé 680 M$ pour racheter Right Media, entreprise spécialisée dans la vente d’espaces publicitaires en ligne, dont l’activité est identique à celle de DoubleClick.
La guerre fait rage entre Microsoft, Google et Yahoo! Avec ces rachats, chacun convoite la plus grosse part d’un marché qui réalise une croissance à deux chiffres par an.

http://www.screentonic.com

Microsoft se renforce dans la publicité sur mobile – Actualités Business – Le Monde Informatique

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Mobile Marketing – Nokia Press Release : Over 100 million S60 devices shipped

mai 3, 2007

S60 Summit 2007, Madrid, Spain – Nokia announced that over 100 million S60 devices have cumulatively been shipped by S60 licensees to date. S60 software built on Symbian OS is the world’s leading smartphone software, developed by Nokia and licensed by some of the industry’s top mobile device manufacturers.


With this announcement, S60 further demonstrates its strong lead in the volume market. Handset vendors, operators, developers as well as internet service providers are increasingly recognizing the potential offered by multi-vendor platforms, such as S60.

« This announcement represents a significant landmark for S60. We believe it inspires further innovation on S60. The open platform gives mobile users more choice and provides a platform upon which new applications and services can be built », said Matti Vänskä, Vice President, Mobile Software Sales and Marketing, Nokia.

Speaking at the event press conference, Matti Vänskä said: « We see three key trends affecting the requirements for software platforms. The mobile device is becoming the hub for personal experiences, whether focused on imaging, business, music, navigation or video. People are accessing Web 2.0 services and content with their mobile device. Thirdly, simplicity and intuitiveness of user experience are increasingly important. »

S60 has made application development considerably easier with the S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2. The introduction of Open C brings the standard C function libraries to S60 software, supporting increased productivity and improved time-to-market of applications. With Open C, developers can reuse existing code and focus on the mobility aspects of their applications.

As announced last week, S60 will the first mobile software platform with integrated widget support, bringing the power of Web technologies to the mobile. Widgets enrich the mobile experience as they create a personal Web experience for a personal device. S60 makes it easy to create and bring Web services to S60 devices using standards-based Web technologies, such as Ajax, JavaScript, CSS and HTML.

S60 supports a wide selection of device segments. S60 licensees have launched devices that provide uncompromised imaging, music and video functionalities and support for the needs of business users as well as other targeted segments.

In the event, Samsung showcased their latest S60 devices, the new SGH-i400, a compact slim slider with EDGE for mainstream market, and the SGH-i520 that was launched recently. To date, 57 devices based on S60 and Symbian OS have been launched, 28 of which are based on the latest S60 3rd Edition.

The S60 Summit was held in April in Madrid and hosted a comprehensive expo that showcased over 60 demonstrations of the latest and most innovative features and solutions for S60.

S60.com

Nokia – ShowPressRelease

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Mobile Marketing – Press Release : Nokia N95 Wins Prestigious TIPA Award 2007

mai 2, 2007

Espoo, Finland – Nokia revealed the Nokia N95 multimedia computer has been voted the ‘Best Mobile Imaging Device in Europe 2007’ by TIPA (Technical Image Press Association), the largest photo and imaging press association in Europe.

« A small mobile wonder and a camera as well, » the Nokia N95 multimedia computer was commended for its outstanding imaging functionality, comparing its features directly with those of stand-alone cameras. The judging panel noted features such as the autofocus lens for sharp, large prints, a real mechanical shutter to avoid distortion, the Carl Zeiss optics with Tessar lens that can focus at close range and the up to 20x digital zoom for distant subjects. The panel also commented on the device’s outstanding audio, video and web capabilities and its GPS functionality.

« This award reinforces Nokia’s leadership and commitment to driving forward convergence in the mobile industry, » said Jonas Geust, head of Nokia Nseries Players Category, Multimedia, Nokia. « We’re delighted the Nokia N95 has been recognized as an outstanding imaging device and we firmly believe that by offering our customers true multimedia computers, like our Nokia Nseries range, we can confidently say we have now arrived at a time when people no longer need to carry multiple devices. »

The features of the Nokia N95 include:
– 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics
– Possibility to capture print quality photos and DVD-like quality video clips
– Unique 2-way slide concept with dedicated media keys
– Support for compatible microSD memory cards of up to 2GB
– Wireless LAN connectivity and HSDPA offering high download speeds
– Integrated GPS, and access to maps for more than 100 countries
– The option to purchase additional features such as city guides and voice-guided navigation

TIPA was founded in 1991 as an independent, non-profit association of European photo and imaging magazines. At present, TIPA includes 31 member magazines from twelve countries.

A full list of Nokia N95 features is available at www.nseries.com/n95
Related photos in print quality can be found at www.nokia.com/press

Nokia – ShowPressRelease

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Mobile Marketing – PressRelease : Netvibes Mobilizes Its Feeds with Nokia WidSets

avril 27, 2007

Entire Netvibes Ecosystem’s 85,000+ Feeds Available on Mobile Phones via WidSets

San Francisco, CA, USA and Espoo, Finland – WidSets, a popular consumer Internet service powered by Nokia, and Netvibes, the pioneer of the personalized startpage, today announced that they will publish the Netvibes Ecosystem’s 85,000+ feeds on the WidSets service, making them easily accessible on most mobile devices.

WidSets is a phone manufacturer-independent Internet service that multicasts preferred feeds and user-generated content to mobile devices. Starting today, users will be able to find their favorite feeds in Netvibes’ vast library and add them onto their mobile device via WidSets. This happens with just a few clicks, making it easy to view and enjoy rich media feeds while on the go.

The Netvibes Ecosystem’s entire collection of 85,000+ feeds includes recently announced content from major media outlets including CBS, CNN Money, Entertainment Weekly, Forbes.com, InStyle, LATimes.com, Newsweek, People, Real Simple, Sports Illustrated, Time, USA Today, and washingtonpost.com. Netvibes Ecosystem also hosts official content for many celebrity partners including 50 Cent, Ben Harper, G-Unit, Ice Cube, Mandy Moore, Moby, and Snoop Dogg. As a leading provider of user-generated feeds, the Netvibes Ecosystem comprises a large collection of entertainment, lifestyle, news, sports, and television feeds.

« What people really want is content that is personalized and delivered to them in real-time, without having to go out and search for it, » said Netvibes Founder and CEO, Tariq Krim. « This is exceptionally true for mobile phones, which are extremely personal devices that people keep on themselves at all times. That’s why we chose the WidSets service, because its a very convenient way for people to access their favorite, personalized Netvibes feeds on whatever mobile device they like to use. »

WidSets was born out of Nokia Emerging Business Unit and represents a first step in Nokia’s vision of mobilizing the Internet. The WidSets service currently has several hundred thousand registered users and a comprehensive library of over 1200 widgets. WidSets works on a wide variety of mobile phone brands and is compatible on over 200 mobile devices.

« WidSets was designed to showcase the power of Web 2.0 on mobile phones with an easy-to-use widget interface, which is fully optimized for mobile usage. What better way to do that than to work with companies such as Netvibes, one of the web’s leading providers of both media and user-generated content, » said Dieter May, Vice President and Head of Nokia Emerging Business Unit.

Going forward, as part of this strategic collaboration, Netvibes and WidSets are planning an even deeper integration of their services with WidSets as an important cornerstone to further extend the recently announced Netvibes Universe. Soon, the Netvibes Universal Widget API (UWA), which allows interoperability between Netvibes and many platforms, including Google Homepage and Apple’s Dashboard, will make most of the Netvibes Ecosystem’s modules available on WidSets as well.

WidSets is globally available at: http://www.widsets.com. The Netvibes Ecosystem, which includes this week’s newly announced major media and celebrity Universes, is available at: http://eco.netvibes.com.

Nokia – ShowPressRelease

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Marketing Mobile : Une start-up française relance la géolocalisation des enfants

avril 26, 2007

Les clients de l’opérateur Orange peuvent désormais localiser le mobile de leur enfant via un service proposé par Illico.net, une start-up parisienne. Un service de «géocontrôle parental» agrémenté par la Cnil.

La société française Ilico.net lance, sur le réseau d’Orange, un service de géolocalisation des enfants via leur téléphone mobile. Ce système de «géocontrôle parental» repose sur un principe simple: l’adulte s’inscrit à un service en ligne, baptisé «ootay», et y enregistre les nom et coordonnées téléphoniques de son enfant.

Pour le localiser, il accède ensuite à son espace dédié sécurisé (identifiant et mot de passe), via le Net ou sur un mobile compatible Wap ou iMode. En cliquant sur le nom de l’enfant, une requête est envoyée sur le réseau mobile d’Orange pour repérer le téléphone. En réponse, le parent reçoit une carte indiquant le périmètre géographique où se situe le mobile. Ce périmètre est représenté par un cercle de couleur.

Le service fonctionne sur toute la France avec une précision de 50 à 150 mètres en ville, et de 150 mètres à 3 kilomètres en zone rurale. La technique utilisée est dite Cell-ID. «Elle consiste à repérer l’antenne la plus proche du combiné puis à déduire la distance entre les deux équipements d’après la vitesse que mettent les données pour faire un aller-retour», explique à ZDNet.fr Patrick Chanudet, fondateur d’Ilico.net.

L’utilisateur ne paye pas d’abonnement mais achète des crédits de localisations. Il en coûte, par exemple, 4 euros pour cinq localisations. «Outre les enfants, ce système peut aussi fonctionner pour la localisation de personnes âgées», poursuit le responsable.

Un service contrôlé par la Cnil

La Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (Cnil) a validé le dossier Illico.net. Interrogé par ZDNet.fr, Thomas Dautieu, juriste à la Cnil, explique qu’«il n’y a pas de réglementation spécifique en France concernant la géolocalisation des enfants», contrairement à la Finlande qui s’est doté d’un cadre juridique spécifique. Les autorités y ont estimé que la responsabilité parentale primait et que la géolocalisation des enfants pouvait se faire sans leur consentement.

«En France, comme les autres services de géolocalisation, les principes à respecter sont: l’information des personnes, la possibilité d’exercer à tout moment son droit d’opposition et l’obtention préalable du consentement des personnes localisées.»

Dans le cadre du système d’Illico.net, cela se traduit par l’envoi initial, lors de l’inscription au service, d’un SMS à l’enfant afin qu’il donne son accord. Ensuite, chaque fois qu’il est localisé, il reçoit un SMS lui précisant par qui et quand l’opération a été effectuée. À l’inverse, l’envoi par l’enfant d’un SMS avec le mot «stop» à un numéro spécifique permet d’interrompre à tout moment le service.

Cette expérience de géocontrôle parental n’est pas la première menée en France. En 2003, Alcatel et Oberthur Card Systems avaient réalisé un test grandeur nature d’un service nommé Ange Gardien. Il géolocalisait par triangulation (traitement croisé de trois points du réseau) le mobile d’un enfant suivant un itinéraire prédéfini à la sortie de l’école. En cas d’anomalie, un SMS était envoyé aux parents.

Alcatel a abandonné le concept

Faute de débouchés commerciaux, le projet a été abandonné l’année suivante, explique Alcatel. «Pour l’instant nous avons mis ce type d’application en stand-by car le marché n’est pas encore là», confirme-t-on chez Oberthur Card Systems.

Le système d’Illico.net se distingue de ce premier projet. «Grâce la technologie Cell-ID, notre système est compatible avec tous les mobiles du marché. Alors que la triangulation nécessite l’utilisation d’une carte SIM spécifique, ce qui réduit le marché et rend cette technologie inexploitable auprès du grand public.» Et son business model est simple: les clients achètent des crédits de localisations à Illico.net, qui paye de son côté l’opérateur mobile pour exploiter son réseau, le temps de l’opération.

Créée en 2004 sur fonds propres, la start-up parisienne a également ouvert ses services depuis six mois en Angleterre avec Orange, Vodafone et O2; en Belgique avec Proximus (Belgacom); et en Allemagne avec ePlus. «Plusieurs milliers d’utilisateurs» ont été séduits, indique sans plus de détails Patrick Chanudet mais précise qu’en France, «des pilotes sont en cours avec d’autres opérateurs».

Dans le cadre d’un accord à portée mondiale, la solution ootay est également inscrite au catalogue de services que le constructeur Ericsson propose aux opérateurs en accompagnement de ses équipements.

Illico.net espère réaliser 250.000 euros de chiffre d’affaires cette année. Des revenus qu’il compte multiplier par cinq en 2007. La profitabilité est attendue dès la fin 2006.

http://www.ilico-net.com

http://www.ootay.com

Une start-up française relance la géolocalisation des enfants – Actualités – ZDNet.fr

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Mobile Marketing : Google Phone launching end of 2007?

avril 18, 2007

The on-again, off-again Google Phone rumors just got a healthy stir by Digitimes. The Taiwanese tech rag says that HTC is building the phone with initial shipments set to hit by the « end of 2007 » — globally in 2008.

They cite « handset component makers » as their source. The phones will feature Texas Instruments’ 3G platform with EDGE and of course built-in G-Mail and Google Maps. Unfortunately, they will not be GPS enabled. The handsets are also said to sport both Google and carrier branding with « sources » claiming that European’s Orange might be the first carrier to see the hotness. Digitimes doesn’t have the best track record with rumors so please everybody… exhale and let’s wait for secondary confirmation.

Google Phone launching end of 2007? – Engadget

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Mobile Marketing – Press Release : More Messages Mean More Value As Verizon Wireless Introduces Unlimited Text, Picture, Video And Instant Messaging To Anyone In The U.S.

avril 17, 2007

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless today announced America’s Choice® Select plans that include Unlimited Messaging. The owner of the nation’s most reliable wireless network is also introducing new America’s Choice Family SharePlan® Select plans with Unlimited Messaging for all the lines on the plan. The new pricing plans include unlimited Text, Picture, Video Messaging and Instant Messaging to anyone on any network in the U.S.

“The new plans are in response to customers’ increasing demand for greater text messaging options,” said Jim Naughton, director of consumer marketing for Verizon Wireless. “Text messaging has moved from being a nice feature to a necessity for many customers. With the Quick Text features on many devices today, more and more professionals are using the service, in addition to the many teenagers who depend on text messaging for fast communications.”

During the fourth quarter of 2006, Verizon Wireless customers sent and received an industry record-setting 17.7 billion text messages and exchanged more than 353 million picture and video messages.

To get Unlimited Messaging from Verizon Wireless, customers may call customer service at 1-800-2 JOIN IN or dial *611 from their Verizon Wireless phone.

Verizon Wireless recently introduced its 30-day Test Drive, an industry first that lets customers experience its network virtually risk-free for 30 days. If customers are not satisfied with their experience and take their numbers to another carrier, Verizon Wireless will refund their money for calls, equipment, activation fee and taxes.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

More Messages Mean More Value As Verizon Wireless Introduces Unlimited Text, Picture, Video And Instant Messaging To Anyone In The U.S.

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Mobile Marketing : Nokia Introduces Web Widgets for S60

avril 16, 2007

Today Nokia announced the addition of Widgets and Web Run-Time to its S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 smartphone platform. Widgets are lightweight applications built on common web standards like CSS, Javascript, and AJAX. Web Run-Time is the platform that these applications will run on in the S60 environment. It is based on the same core technologies as Nokia’s wildly popular S60 web browser.

Widgets will allow S60 users to keep up to date in real time with their favorite Internet sites and data sources. For example, the WeatherBug widget, shown above, tracks weather in the user’s area, while a Reuters widget might keep a list of current headlines at the user’s fingertips. In the future, widgets will also be able to interact with the core S60 applications, such as the contacts and calendar.

The Web Run-Time and Widget tools and documentation will be available to developers starting in Q3 of this year. We should start seeing S60 3rd Edition FP2 handset coming onto market in Q1 of next year.

Nokia Introduces Web Widgets for S60 (MobileBurn)

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Marketing Mobile – Technologie NFC: bientôt au coeur des titres de transport

avril 16, 2007

Les trois opérateurs de téléphonie mobile français viennent de créer un groupe de travail, et s’allient ainsi aux sociétés de transports publics tels que la RATP ou la SNCF. Objectif: définir un standard permettant à terme de transformer le téléphone mobile en titre de transport.

Les trois opérateurs mobiles français, associés aux sociétés de transports publics, commercialiseront, dès 2008, des offres permettant de transformer son combiné en titre de transport. À l’image d’un système comme le passe Navigo de la RATP, l’utilisateur n’aura qu’à passer son téléphone à quelques centimètres d’une borne afin de valider son titre de transport. Son mobile intègrera une puce sans contact de type NFC (Near Field Communication), communicant par ondes radio.

Avantage: les billets ainsi dématérialisés pourront être achetés directement depuis le téléphone, sans avoir à passer par un guichet ou une borne de recharge. L’achat se fera comme sur internet, simplement en communiquant son numéro de carte de crédit sur un site dédié.

Ce système est déjà testé, notamment par la RATP. Mais pour la première fois, l’ensemble des acteurs concernés a décidé de collaborer. Un groupe de travail vient d’être créé par Bouygues Telecom, Orange, SFR, la RATP, la SNCF et les opérateurs privés de transport public Keolis, Transdev et Veolia Transport. Il est placé sous l’égide du pôle de compétitivité « Transactions électroniques sécurisées » de Basse-Normandie [TES] basé à Caen.

« Ce groupe de travail a pour objectif de permettre d’utiliser le téléphone mobile pour accéder à tous les réseaux de transport public, et ce quel que soit l’opérateur de téléphonie mobile », indiquent-il. « Les opérateurs et les transporteurs sont arrivés au constat qu’il fallait s’entendre sur des solutions interopérables », confie à ZDNet.fr, Mung Ki Woo, directeur de la ligne produits de paiement et sans contact chez Orange.

Une ou deux puces?

Par exemple, un ticket électronique acheté à Nantes, devra fonctionner sur le bus local menant le voyageur à la gare, puis dans le TGV l’amenant à Paris et enfin dans le métro de la capitale.

Pour 2007, les partenaires se sont fixé l’objectif de s’entendre sur un standard de spécifications techniques, dit de «billettique transport sur téléphone mobile». «Nous définirons ensemble une couche applicative commune qui sera la même pour tous les opérateurs», explique à ZDNet.fr, Laurent Jullien, directeur de projet sans contact et paiement chez Bouygues Telecom. «Ensuite l’utilisateur téléchargera une application complémentaire correspondant à la solution proposée dans sa région».

Il existe, par ailleurs, plusieurs variantes de puces NFC communicantes; ils auront à délimiter les modèles compatibles. Ils devront également trancher sur l’utilisation ou non de la carte SIM pour stocker le titre de transport électronique, gérer les opérations de paiement et les autorisations de passage. Deux écoles s’affrontent dans ce domaine.

La première souhaite que les opérations soient gérées par la carte SIM; ce qui confère à l’opérateur mobile un rôle de premier ordre puisqu’il est propriétaire de cette carte. La seconde préfère ajouter une puce dans le combiné pour effectuer ses opérations (principe du dual ship).

En revanche, le principe de fonctionnement du titre de transport électronique, même le mobile éteint, est d’ores et déjà retenu. Ceci afin de permettre à un voyageur d’utiliser son titre en cas de batterie vide.

Technologie NFC: bientôt au coeur des titres de transport – businessMOBILE.fr

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Mobile Marketing – Press Release: Yahoo! Reinvents Search for the Mobile Web

mars 29, 2007

Yahoo! oneSearch(TM) Accessible Today Through More Than One Hundred Million Mobile Phones

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Mar 20, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO) has today expanded the reach of the popular new Yahoo! oneSearch service to the Mobile Web in the United States. Yahoo! oneSearch reinvents search to give consumers exactly what they want on their mobile device – instant answers. The innovative search service that initially launched in Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 is now accessible on more than 85 percent(1) of mobile phones through the mobile Web and is also available through the gamma version of Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0.

The service leverages Yahoo!’s deep experience, investment and expertise in search on the desktop as well as relationships with leading content providers to deliver an un-matched search experience to consumers.

« Yahoo! oneSearch has already started to change the mobile search game by fundamentally improving the way consumers’ access and use the Internet on their mobile phones, » said Marco Boerries, senior vice president of connected life, Yahoo!. « Consumers that have tried oneSearch love it, telling us it’s easier and more helpful than any other mobile search services they’ve used. We are delivering the results consumers want with just one search, not a list of Web links. »

Yahoo! oneSearch is designed to make searching for and finding information as quick as possible for consumers by providing relevant results right on the page such as news headlines, images, business listings and more as well as easy navigation to other websites. For example, if a consumer wants to go to a movie this weekend, they just need to type the name of the movie into the search box. The search results would first list the movie, including a user rating, local theaters the movie is playing at, news headlines related to the movie and more. To dig more deeply into the results, a consumer would simply need to click on any item or category. For example, to see all the movies playing at a specific listed theater, just click on the theater name.

Yahoo! oneSearch on Yahoo!’s Mobile Web site has sponsored search results and display advertisements built into the experience, further extending the reach of Yahoo!’s advertising services to the mobile environment and enabling advertisers to reach consumers on their mobile devices across major mobile operators. Consumers can click on an ad to go to the advertisers’ mobile web site or a landing page to get more information about the advertisers’ offerings, including the ability to call the advertiser.

Yahoo! oneSearch will roll out in additional country and language versions over the coming months. For additional information on Yahoo! oneSearch please visit http://mobile.yahoo.com/mobileweb/onesearch. To try Yahoo! oneSearch on your mobile phone open your browser and type in m.yahoo.com.

Press Release: Yahoo! Reinvents Search for the Mobile Web (MobileBurn)

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Marketing Mobile : SFR met de l’ADSL dans ses forfaits mobiles

mars 28, 2007

L’opérateur lancera fin avril une offre de haut-débit en option aux forfaits de téléphonie mobile de deux heures et plus. Et insiste sur le service clients, avec une société dédiée à l’assistance.

Une « box », un débit maximal de 20 Mbit/s, de la télévision sur ADSL, de la téléphonie fixe illimitée, une fonction de magnétoscope numérique avec un disque dur de 80 Go… L’abonnement haut débit présenté par l’opérateur mobile SFR, ce mardi 27 mars, a tout des standards du marché. Y compris son prix : 29,90 euros en zone dégroupée et 37,90 euros en zone non dégroupée.

Commercialisée à partir du 25 avril, cette offre, qui s’appuie sur le réseau de Neuf Cegetel, s’adresse uniquement aux abonnés de SFR, actuels ou à venir. Il s’agit, en effet, d’une option à un forfait mobile de deux heures ou plus : le prix de l’ADSL s’ajoute donc à celui de la téléphonie. L’option ADSL inclut le mode « Happy Zone », officialisé ce mardi après une phase expérimentale en octobre 2006. Cette fonction donne droit à des communications illimitées vers tous les fixes en France, passées au domicile et à proximité (1). Il est à noter que l’option « Happy Zone » est également proposée hors ADSL aux clients de SFR, pour 14,90 euros par mois, toujours en sus d’un forfait d’au moins deux heures. Les clients SFR depuis plus de un an se verront proposer un tarif de 9,90 euros.

L’arrivée de SFR sur le segment de l’ADSL découle du rachat des activités d’accès à Internet de Tele2 en octobre dernier, même si l’opération n’est pas encore validée par Bruxelles. Pour le moment, Tele2 continue donc d’opérer comme un FAI à part entière.

Si l’opérateur n’innove pas vraiment pour ce qui est des services Internet, il s’essaie néanmoins à la convergence entre les deux mondes. Les messages arrivés sur le répondeur du téléphone fixe peuvent ainsi être écoutés sur le mobile, l’abonné est alerté en temps réel. Les e-mails peuvent être transférés sur le mobile et le répertoire de contacts est commun à la boîte aux lettres électronique et au mobile. L’abonné recevra évidemment une facture unique de SFR.

Netgem annonce que ses décodeurs IPTV seront utilisés par la société SFR, pour la fourniture d’une solution de télévision haute définition dans le cadre du lancement de son offre quadruple play

LEXPRESS.fr – – L’Express

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Mobile Marketing – Press Release : Top Brands choose Blyk for Mobile Advertising

mars 27, 2007

CANNES, France, March 26, 2007 – Major brands, including Buena Vista, Coca-Cola, I-play Mobile Gaming, L’Oreal Paris, StepStone and Yell.com mobile have confirmed that they will be among the first advertisers to use the Blyk network when it launches in the UK this summer.

Blyk is the first pan-European ad-funded mobile network. The medium offers 16-24 year-olds free mobile phone calls and texts in return for receiving advertising to their mobile handsets.

Blyk will work closely with this diverse group of advertisers to pioneer usage of its creative ad formats and sophisticated profiling system. The member profiling enables brands to build a dialogue with a highly relevant group of young consumers who welcome the interaction and information. The impact of the campaigns can then be tracked in real time, allowing advertisers to view, assess and adjust their activity accordingly.

Lee Jury, Executive Director of Buena Vista International, said; “We are
delighted to be working with Blyk, to ensure we can communicate relevant releases to selected demographics through this highly targeted, unique, measurable and personal channel.”

I-play Mobile Gaming CEO, David Gosen, said; “Blyk provides visibility on who and when people are playing mobile games, information which the industry has been sorely in need of. CRM is a basic business principle to driving revenues and building loyalty and we haven’t been able to put this in place until we have access to real data on what our customers are doing. Now, thanks to Blyk’s offering, we can start to have some transparency on this issue.”

”We are extremely pleased to be working with some of the most forward-thinking brands who value the direct access and accountability that Blyk provides. The diversity of brands reflects the broad range of advertising opportunities through the Blyk network.” said Jonathan MacDonald, UK Sales Director.

About Blyk
Blyk is a pan-European free mobile operator for young people, funded by advertising. For advertisers, Blyk is an innovative mobile media channel offering direct engagement with a young audience with real time feedback. Blyk was co-founded in 2006 by Pekka Ala-Pietilä and Antti Öhrling and has offices in Helsinki, Finland and London, UK. Blyk is launching first in the UK market in mid-2007, with other markets to follow.

For more information, visit about.blyk.com.

» PressBlog – Blyk

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Mobile Marketing : NBC to offer on-demand mobile television service

mars 20, 2007

NEW YORK (Reuters) – NBC Universal said on it would let viewers buy full-length, prime-time television shows such as « The Office » and « Heroes » on-demand to play on mobile phones, a first for the United States.

The decision is the latest effort by media and wireless companies to entice consumers to watch video on their phones. The strategy aims to expand viewership outside the home and boost revenue for service providers beyond charging for phone calls.

NBC’s new service will be delivered through privately-held MobiTV, allowing viewers to stream full episodes of top-rated shows starting at $1.99 for a 24-hour period after the show airs. But prices will also depend on how much wireless service providers want to charge.

The service is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2007 and follows Verizon Wireless launch of live TV services in several U.S. markets from a network built by Qualcomm Inc.’s (Nasdaq:QCOM – news) MediaFlo USA unit.

MobiTV started streaming video to phones in 2003 and now has more than 2 million subscribers to its service in the United Kingdom, as well as North and South America.

« Everybody’s going to do this eventually, » said Outlook4Mobility analyst Andy Seybold, referring to other media and wireless companies.

Apple Inc.’s (Nasdaq:AAPL – news) portable iPod video player already shows full-length TV programs, but customers have to first download the program from their computer. Its iPhone, which arrives in stores in June combines a media-playing iPod with a wireless connection.

MobiTV customers will be able to decide to buy a show and watch it on the go. They will not be able to store the show on their cell phone, at least initially, and only some phones will enable viewers to pause a show and resume viewing later on, said Jeff Bartee, vice president of programming at MobiTV.

Analysts said the ability to pause a show would be crucial to enticing mobile phone customers to on-demand purchases.

« I don’t believe anybody’s going to watch an hour-long show all at once, » said Seybold.

The service will not have the same picture quality as regular TV, but MobiTV said the difference would be imperceptible on small phone screens.

MobiTV and NBC did not say which operators would offer their service. For $9.99 a month, MobiTV streams TV shows to the phones of Cingular, now being rebranded as AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T – news), Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE:S – news), and Alltel Corp. (NYSE:AT – news).

Representatives for the wireless carriers were not immediately available for comment.

Verizon Wireless spokesman Jeffrey Nelson said the company does not have plans to sign up MobiTV, but would not comment on whether any on-demand services were in the works.

Verizon Wireless is owned by Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ – news) and Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L). NBC is majority-owned by General Electric Co. (NYSE:GE – news) , while Vivendi (VIV.PA) also retains a stake.

NBC to offer on-demand mobile television service – Yahoo! News

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Mobile Marketing : E-Series Blog Archive – Five Reasons Why I Like Widsets

mars 19, 2007

Here is a good article from E-series Blog on Widsets and their evolution :

With the risk of sounding like a broken record (I have written about Widsets several times before) here is my list of why I really like Widsets – the company behind, stunningly beautiful mobile Widgets.

Continuous improvement
I was very impressed with the first release of Widsets, which I wrote about back in June 2006 (If you are new to Widsets I recommend you start with that post, it will give you a good overview of what Widsets are).

Since then, Widsets have gone through a number of enhancements each one gradually improving the service. The last enhancement I wrote about was in September 2006. Since September the Widsets team have been busy working on the library of Widsets, the application itself and enhancement to the website. Which leads us to next reason..great website.

Great Website
I really, really like their website. It is simple, beautiful AND very functional. A pretty amazing combination to pull off. So many websites are either beautiful or functional. Some websites are simple but not beautiful.

Their newly redesign website makes registration for new users and managing your widsets even easier. Great work guys! (the web team at Nokia could learn a lot from Widsets’ web designers)

There is also a new Widset simulator online so that you can take Widsets for a spin online without actually downloading the application.


Future Potential
From the very first time I used Widset I always felt that the application and service have so much future potential. I am fully convinced that we’ve only seen the very beginning of what Widsets can become. I can’t wait for future versions of the service. I wonder what Widsets will look like one, two, three years from now.

Attitude!
This is a company driven by passion! I’ve never met anyone from Widset but it is easy to tell from their blog, their website and their excellent user forum that the people of Widset truly believe in their product. I like the fact that they are approachable and open. Ping the people at Widset and you *will* hear from them! That is a sign of a company that cares.
It also seems as if they have a lot of fun while working. It must be a good place to work!

ver Growing Library Of Great Widgets
If you haven’t tried Widsets I strongly suggest you do – you’ll like it. If you tried it before but for some reason haven’t used it for a while you have an equally great reason to try it out – you’ll be mighty impressed.

Most of the earlier widgets were more or less RSS feeds. While that isn’t bad in itself it might not impress the hard core users.

However, new widgets such as the excellent Wikipedia widget which lets you search Wikipedia. For all those Sudoku fanatics I can recommend the Sudoko widget.

There are also great widgets for eBay, BBC, 43Things, Digg, Technocrati, Flickr and a widget for this very blog – the E-series widget

E-Series » Blog Archive » Five Reasons Why I Like Widsets

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Mobile Marketing : Serrures électroniques activées par un téléphone mobile

mars 19, 2007

Le promoteur immobilier japonais Anabuki va installer dans trente immeubles représentant 5000 logements des serrures électroniques activées par un téléphone contenant une puce sans contact, selon un système développé par la société Index (www.indexweb.co.jp), a annoncé cette dernière.

Nokia 3220 RFID

Anabuki, qui gère environ un millier d’immeubles au Japon, illustre ainsi l’adoption à grande échelle de ce type d’application, jugée par beaucoup plus pratique et plus sûre que les clés et les serrures classiques. Index, une entreprise de services Internet sur mobile, est l’une des sociétés à avoir développé un dispositif de serrure activée par la lecture d’une puce sans contact, composant déjà intégré dans un quart des 100 millions de téléphones portables en circulation au Japon.

Pour fermer leur porte à clef, les résidents d’immeubles équipés n’ont qu’à effleurer le lecteur de la serrure avec leur téléphone portable. L’avantage de cette «clef virtuelle» est qu’elle peut être répliquée sur les mobiles de chaque membre de la famille, expliquent ses concepteurs. En cas de perte du téléphone, elle peut être désactivée très rapidement, par une simple commande informatique.

On peut aussi vérifier à distance, depuis son mobile, qu’on a bien fermé la porte. Et si tel n’est pas le cas, on peut le faire à distance, sans retourner chez soi en courant. De même peut-on créer une clef temporaire, valable une journée ou moins, pour un ami, le concierge ou un livreur.

Pour les habitants des immeubles équipés, le mobile sert aussi de clef de boîte à lettres et consignes collectives, ainsi que de mode de paiement des distributeurs et autres services équipant éventuellement la résidence. Cette fonction «multisésame» s’ajoute aux porte-monnaie électroniques, cartes de crédit, titres de transport et badges d’entreprises que peut aussi supporter simultanément la puce sans contact des téléphones.

Serrures électroniques activées par un téléphone mobile / PDAfrance.com

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Mobile Marketing : CeBIT 2007 – Hands-on with the LG Prada

mars 16, 2007

Those lucky devils at Engadget got to fondle an LG Prada at CeBIT today, and have a gallery up of the phone-that-iPhone-copied (as LG sees it.)

The LG KE-850 Prada is actually somewhat smaller than the iPhone, and, in my view, sleeker and more conservative in design. Sean Cooper reports that while it looks good, the plastic has an inexpensive feel to it, and that (Haha!) typing on a touchscreen keyboard an address in a browser is nasty.

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L’équipe d’Engadget a eu la chance de prendre en main le nouveau téléphone LG KE-850 PRADA. Pas si facile à utiliser le clavier tactile du LG présenté comme un concurrent de l’iPhone 😉

Plus de photos sur Engadget – More photos on Engadget
Hands-on with the LG Prada – Engadget

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Mobile Marketing : Nokia announces platforms to connect advertisers and media publishers with mobile

mars 16, 2007

Nokia Ad Service and Nokia Advertising Gateway enable delivery of the right ad to the right mobile consumer.

Espoo, Finland; New York, USA — Nokia announced two mobile advertising services. Nokia Ad Service, is a fully managed service for advertisers to conduct targeted advertising on mobile services and applications.

Nokia Ad Service consists of a group of mobile publishers forming a mobile ad network and a platform to deploy, manage and optimize mobile advertising campaigns.

Nokia also introduced Nokia Advertising Gateway, a private label service for third party Publishers and Advertising Aggregators that want to extend to relevant mobile advertising. Nokia Advertising Gateway operates as an intelligent switch, selecting between text, visual, audio and video ads – depending on the user’s context – and feeding the ad to the device.

Nokia Ad Service
“As advertisers struggle to reach personalized targeting with traditional media such as print and TV, mobile advertising is becoming an increasingly attractive channel for brands,” said Tom Henriksson, Director of Nokia Ad Service at Nokia Emerging Business Unit. “We have completed a number of pilot campaigns with advertisers and mobile publishers for testing the Nokia ad serving technology and consumer experience. The feedback has been very positive from all parties.”

Nokia Ad Service fulfills different types of advertising needs such as advertisers deploying global mobile campaigns, agencies offering mobile advertising to complement traditional media initiatives, and publishers seeking new business models and a larger consumer audience. Nokia Ad Service serves mobile operators as a solution provider bringing the mobile advertising model to operator services, driving new and sustainable revenue streams. Nokia Ad Service simplifies the mobile advertising process by supporting & managing the full campaign lifecycle for advertisers including planning, deploying, optimizing, and reporting. Typical mediums of experience for mobile advertisements are in the form of interactive content like banner ads in browsing services, ads in applications, and videos.

Nokia Ad Service will begin its operations in Europe with a kick-off at ad:tech, an interactive marketing event in Paris, France on March 6th-7th, 2007 and globally in the second half of 2007.

Nokia Advertising Gateway
“With Nokia Advertising Gateway we are partnering with newspaper publishers, other traditional media companies, aggregators, platform companies, operators and internet companies to help them serve their current advertisers by offering easy access to a mobile audience” says Matthew Snyder, Head of Business Development, Nokia Multimedia, Advertising Business Program. “We have an aggregator interface for plugging partners’ platforms into the gateway – Nokia being in the role of platform service provider. Think of the gateway as a one-stop delivery point with intelligence”.

Nokia Advertising Gateway enables delivery of targeted ads to mobile devices. Ads will be closely tied and optimised to specific multimedia applications, such as reading digital newspaper content, watching TV, listening to music or looking at directions on maps. Nokia offers access to the platform for third parties and enables their ad sales teams to sell for the mobile channel. Nokia Advertising Gateway supports so called CPA (cost per action) model and it provides usage data from mobile devices for enabling targeted ad selection and delivery to users’ devices. A key part of the platform will be the easy-to-use reporting and analytics tools for Publishers to manage their advertisers ROI (Return on investment).

Nokia Advertising Gateway will run several pilots during the coming months and will become commercially available in the second half of 2007, starting with support for converged mobile devices based on the S60 software platform.

For further information on Nokia Ad Service, please visit www.adservice.nokia.com

Nokia Ad Service

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Mobile Marketing : La publicité mobile explose au Japon

mars 16, 2007

Avec plus de 100 millions de téléphones portables en circulation dont 82% avec accès à internet, le Japon est non seulement le paradis du mobile mais également un formidable laboratoire des nouveaux usages.

A l’occasion de la Mobile Marketing Conference 2007 organisée à Paris jeudi dernier par l’agence Jap’Presse et InnovAsia Research, Takeya Takafuji, président de la Mobile Marketing Solution Association japonais, a indiqué au JDnet quelques chiffres sur la publicité mobile dans son pays.

Selon ses estimations, le marché de la publicité sur mobile a atteint 650 millions d’euros en 2006, essentiellement tiré par l’engouement des mobinautes japonais pour les sites indépendants, absents des portails des opérateurs et par définition exclus de leur système de reversement.

La combinaison du haut débit (70% des connexions) et des forfaits illimités devrait encore accélérer la consommation média des mobinautes japonais. Selon la Mobile Marketing Solution Association japonais, le marché pourrait dépasser les 2 milliards d’euros dès 2011, de quoi aiguiser les appétits de grands noms du Web comme Yahoo ou Google, qui multiplient déjà les accords dans l’archipel.

La publicité mobile explose au Japon par Neteco.com

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