Thursday, September 28, 2006

Minute stealers 1.0

Jajah and Rebtel are two interesting VoIP applications that allow you to call low-cost from any telephone device to any other telephone device.
The good thing is that you don't need to install any software on the PC, to configure the audio devices, to overcome the VoIP quality issues we are facing these days.

The bad thing is that they are now playing the low-cost business proposition. That's not going to work. Luca expressed his thoughts and doubts about this matter, somehow confirming my point of view and broadening the vision, and Om Malik starts a poll on the willingness of adoption of the two services.

He also calls for comments about the impact on national telcos...
My opinion is that Telecom Italia is the big incumbent, since it owns and manages the twisted pairs (Italian wiring coverage is highly valuable and guarantees an huge competitive advantage), with a wireline market share that is over 80%, a 40% market share on mobile (as TIM), a 100% market share on unbundling local loop markets.
Unless the recent news of splitting and tapping change the scenario, Telecom Italia is going to kill -9 any minute stealer with a flip of a finger.
This is the same for mobile market: any "alternative" competitor willing to challenge Tim, Vodafone, H3G and Wind is advised to be well prepared for war.

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Monday, September 25, 2006


As pointed out by Om Malik, Grand Central seems to be the right application at the right time: protect (manage?) my privacy, don't bother me with techie stuff, let me access via web. It'll be really nice if I can configure my preferences directly on my smartphone (that is, Java or Symbian apps, or even XHTML pages).
What's not really nice is: why do I need to "wrap" my phone address now that everybody in the world has got my phone number? Why can't be the phone provider that offers me this really nice service on my current phone number?

Probably, because ye olde telecom is not innovating -mostly.
Let's see how it evolves.

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Good restaurant in Cagliari

I decided to share with you this information: if you happen to come to Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, I strongly suggest you to go to "Ci pensa Cannas", a no-frills restaurant which focuses on seafood and fish dishes. Prices are 20-40 €, wines excluded .

Here is the address and phone number:

Enjoy and, if you care, please leave a feedback!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

VoIP on Nokia E61

Giacomo shows us how to configure Nokia E61 SIP client to use Abbeyphone Voip Service in few steps.
Nokia traces a road on convergence, proposing a client based solution for mobile professionals: whether they are engineers on a construction site, entrepreneurs or sales agents blocked in airports, they will exploit the potential of VoIP as a second line, a second chance, an alternative way of communicating.

Right now, young people can experience new communication forms: nokia has released an interesting application called Nokia Sensor, it is free but unfortunately it relies on a BlueTooth connection between two devices equipped with the same software. What if the application works on a wifi network, thus not limiting to 1-2-1 connections on a very limited bandwitdth like BT does?
What if I can keep communicating with the person I met with the very same application I used to contact him/her previously? What if I can see "status", "emotion", "location"... That is, "Presence"?
I'll call them wireless Venues: I see a potential business for discos and clubs (they need innovation to overcome the curse of boredom young people suffer of), for mobile producers (they sell more phones), for service providers (they provide a wide range of applications).
I think we would not see this kind of applications spreading out in the short-term, but I have the feeling that the act of socializing is more and more technology influenced -and bound.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Firefox VoIP for MacOS X and Linux is out

The new beta version of Firefox VoIP for MacOS X and Linux is out.
Luca is so enthusiast now, because he has recently passed to the bright side of personal computing.
He bought a MacBook, and I had the feeling that, at first, he was desperate about the very limited market availability of certain categories of software.

Well, now Luca and other Mac users can live the Voice Over Web (VOW) experience...
Ah, and Linux users as well, of course! (I haven't had the time yet to try the extension on my Ubuntu...)

Anyway, if you want to try the service and call someone on the old PSTN devices worldwide, you need credit: please take one of these VOWChers and recharge your abbeyphone account, but don't forget to leave me a comment or a short review :)

Here are the VOWChers, follow the instruction in this previous post and enjoy giving Voice Over Web!

  • 69600185632980142472

  • 04818068517103114060

  • 39029262645794985570

  • 64177382343733935652

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Online advertising is going to change

A well known italian webzine called ITNews published an article on a recent survey about consumer behaviour.

The main concept that stands out is that the average, passive consumer is not anymore a valid model. Consumers are classified not anymore on age, income, sex, race. Besides, consumers are now to be classified on the basis of their "behaviour" and lifestyle.

Secondlly,it has been pointed out is that, regardless of the consumer class, consumers are more something-conscious. They can be environmentally conscious, ethical conscious, and even consumer conscious: they know how to evaluate a product, how to gather more information, they do make comparative analyses on similar products.
They won't get lured anymore with just an ad. They want information, which has to be trusted, authoritative, personal.

Banners and text-ads are going to fade off? They wouldn't, at least in the short period. But an increasing need for 121 communication is needed, even on the WWW.
If you want to discuss this topic with me, just call me at +39.070.2339.253. You can use abbeyphone, our VoIP service. Oh, the call is free :)

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