Australian-based premium SMS provider Ask Bongo has been fined £70,000 and asked to repay charges after children…
Facebook has issued an email to clients, which has been shared with Mobile Marketing, explaining the recent…
This is by no means the first time that Google has had to change its business practices
Apple has been ordered to refund American parents ‘at least’ $32.5m (£19.8m) for in-app purchases made by…
Find out who took home the honours at this year's ceremony
The Effective Mobile Marketing Awards Ceremony takes place this Thursday in London. Today, we complete our preview…
The 2013 Effective Mobile Marketing Awards Ceremony has sold out. 250 people from brands and agencies will descend on the London Film Museum in three weeks’ time, on 28 November, to salute the best and most effective mobile marketing campaigns, projects and platforms.
With the Effective Mobile Marketing Awards Ceremony taking place in London in less than four weeks’ time, on 28 November, we continue our daily preview with a look at the finalists in the Most Effective Mobile Couponing or Barcode Campaign.
i-movo – Coors-Light Cold Caller
With the Effective Mobile Marketing Awards Ceremony taking place in London in just over three weeks’ time, on 28 November, we continue our daily preview with a look at the finalists in the Most Effective Mobile Charity Campaign category.
Friends of the Earth and OpenFundraising – The Bees Need You
With the Effective Mobile Marketing Awards Ceremony taking place in London in less than four weeks’ time, on 28 November, we continue our daily preview with a look at the finalists in the Most Effective Mobile Application – b2c category.
AccuWeather for Android
With the Effective Mobile Marketing Awards Ceremony taking place in London in less than four weeks’ time, on 28 November, we continue our daily preview with a look at the finalists in the Most Effective Mobile Applicaton – b2b category.
Auto Trader Dealer Portal
With the Effective Mobile Marketing Awards Ceremony taking place in London in four weeks’ time, on 28 November, we are previewing the finalists in each category day-by-day between now and then.
With the Effective Mobile Marketing Awards Ceremony taking place in London in four weeks’ time, on 28 November, we are previewing the finalists in each category day-by-day between now and then.
With the Effective Mobile Marketing Awards Ceremony taking place in London in just over four weeks’ time, on 28 November, we are previewing the finalists in each category day-by-day between now and then.
The Effective Mobile Marketing Awards Ceremony takes place one month today on 28 November at the London Film Museum. Every business day between now and then, we’ll be previewing the shortlisted entries in each category, starting today with the Most Effective Mobile Advertising Campaign…
Cheil Worldwide and Mobile 5 – Samsung Galaxy S4 Global Launch
Today’s announcement – major mobile manufacturer sells off its assets to an even larger tech company – is one I’ve been anticipating for a few months now. It’s just that, honestly, I expected the manufacturer in question to be BlackBerry.
[img_assist|nid=25127|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=150|height=88]With the Mobile Retail Summit now just two days away, it’s time to take a look at which companies will be presenting on the day, and what they’ll be speaking about. It’s such a wide line up that we’ve had to split it in two, starting today with our sponsors.
[img_assist|nid=24279|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=150|height=78]A final, or more likely almost-final, reminder that the deadline to enter the Mobile Retail Awards has been extended by one week. The new and final deadline is 5pm UK time, Friday 5 April. The Mobile Retail Awards Ceremony will take place immediately after the Mobile Retail Summit on 24 April.
[img_assist|nid=24591|title=The iPhone 5 - one of many Apple products which Intertrust claims infringe its patents|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=145|height=150]Apple looks like it could be heading back to the courtroom after Intertrust Technologies Corporation revealed that it has filed a lawsuit for patent infringement against the firm in the US Federal Court in the Northern District of California.
[img_assist|nid=23832|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=113|height=150]Issue 13 of our quarterly print edition is now available to read online. Subscribers will receive their copies in the post in the next few days, and if you’re attending Mobile World Congress next week, you can pick up a copy in one of the Networking Lounges. Meanwhile, the iPad version will be available once we get clearance from the Big Apple.
Every web browser, apart from Opera Mini and Google’s native browser on Android, offers the option to switch on third-party cookie blocking. Apple’s browser automatically blocks these on all of its devices as standard to prevent advertisers from gathering and selling information about web activity.
Neuralitic’s SevenFlow mobile marketing solution, which makes unstructured data into small and usable data sets, will be used to provide Guavus’ big data clients with information on how to generate new revenue streams. This is particularly geared towards mobile subscriber acquisition, conversion and retention.
We know the 4G auction will be entirely different to the 3G sale, both in terms of what is being sold and the timing. The earlier spectrum auction took place during the Dotcom bubble. The huge sum paid by the operators last time – £22.5bn – is actually blamed for the slow pace of subsequent investment.
4G is being sold in a time of austerity and in much greater abundance. There are 28 different lots across two bands, as opposed to one band in the 2.1MHz frequency, meaning there is 80 per cent more available today.
As ever, we tried to keep this brief, and as ever, we failed miserably. Apologies, but 2012 was without a shadow of a doubt, the busiest, most exciting year in mobile marketing to date, so there’s a lot to summarise. So make yourself comfortable, put your phone, and yourself, on Do Not Disturb, and relive the highlights of an action-packed year.
As regular visitors to the site will have realised, everything seems to be back to normal after the sustained malware attack of the last couple of days that took the site offline. We have identified the source of the problem, and are taking action to ensure that it can’t happen again, at least not via the same source.
Oxygen8 Money, which provides mobile money solutions, has been granted an Authorised e-Money Licence by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The licence makes Oxygen8 Money an approved issuer of electronic money, placing them amongst a select few businesses on the FSA E-money Register.
In a move that everyone in the mobile marketing industry will surely applaud, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has slapped a £440,000 fine on the two owners of Tetrus Telecoms (can’t find a website for them, surprisingly – Ed) which has, in the ICO’s words: “plagued the public with millions of unlawful spam texts over the past three years”.
We are delighted to announce Metro as Principal Media Partner for the Effective Mobile Marketing Awards, and look forward to the leading urban media brand featuring a selection of this year’s winners on its digital editions for iPhone, iPad and Android tablets.
We were aware of the issue that caused the warning to be displayed, and it has been fixed. We have submitted a rescan request to Google which should mean the malware warning does not appear any more.
It’s the morning after the day before here at Mobile Marketing Towers, and we have to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in Mobile Marketing Live in any way, shape or form, whether as a delegate, sponsor, exhibitor, speaker or general Gofer, of which there were many, and all of whom helped ensure the event ran like clockwork.
There can be few people in the mobile marketing community whose heart doesn’t sink every time they receive another spam text message on their mobile. The increase in this type of activity only serves to reinforce the misconception prevalent among some consumers that mobile marketing in invasive and does not respect their privacy – something that could not be further from the truth.
Velti has closed a $27m (£17m), 2-year deal to provide its mobile marketing technology to “a major US brand”. The program is expected to break in the next few weeks, and is designed to drive increased engagement with the brand’s existing customers, with the aim of increasing loyalty.
The latest issue of our quarterly print magazine is due in tomorrow, but if you can’t wait that long for it, you can catch a digital edition online here.
After almost three years in print, we felt the magazine was due for a makeover, so we hope you like the new look. There’s no change to the substance of the magazine though; as ever, it’s packed with analysis and opinions on the global mobile marketing scene.
The Apple vs Samsung trial in California is raging on unabated, as both companies try to prove that they didn’t rip off the others’ designs. And, as well as all the expected wrangling – Apple demanding a record $2.5bn in damages, Samsung accusing the iPhone of not being particularly original in the first place – it’s providing a lot of fascinating insights into what’s been going on behind the scenes at two of the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturers.
The legal battle between Samsung and Apple – which has seen the two firms accuse each other of patent infringement – has reached trial. Taking place later today in a Californian federal court, the trial could see the companies force pay billions in damages, or even lead to a sales ban.
card.io employees will join the PayPal product team to develop technology and apps around digital wallets. Existing card.io technology remain available to developers using it in their own apps.
Facebook has acquired the talent behind internet startup Spool for an undisclosed sum. Spool is an app-based service allowing users to share content via mobile. In an unusual deal, the employees and IP of Spool will transfer to Facebook, and its apps will close, but Facebook will not acquire the company.
It’s been a rough few months for RIM, announcing losses of $518m and cutting 5,000 jobs – but at least, you might think, it can’t get any worse for the BlackBerry manufacturer. It has, though, with the company being ordered on Friday to pay $147.2m (£94.7m) in damages to device management company Mformation Technologies.
Following a two-year legal battle, Google has come out victorious in a patent infringement case brought on by Oracle. The chief executives of both companies testified during the trial in the U.S. District Court of Northern California, where a jury unanimously declared that Android did not infringe on Oracle’s six patents in question.
Greetings from Forrester’s Interactive Marketing Summit, where senior analyst Melissa Parrish this morning introduced us to the concept of the ‘Always Addressable Customer’. That’s a consumer who owns and uses at least connected devices, and uses the internet multiple times a day, from multiple locations.
The European Parliament will vote today on new regulation on roaming, including price ceilings for calls and data roaming. The vote follows a first-reading agreement by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers on 28 March.
Here at Mobile Marketing, we’re always trying to up our game, in terms of delivering meaningful content to our readers, in the right format. So, from time to time, we like to ask our readers how we’re doing. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a short survey. It’ll take no more than two minutes, so if you could find the time to complete it, it would help us better tailor our efforts to your needs.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded NeoMedia a patent pertaining to the resolution of mobile barcodes.
Patent No. 8,131,597, entitled, System And Method For Using An Ordinary Article Of Commerce To Access A Remote Computer, generally covers systems and methods for providing users of mobile barcodes automatic access to remote computers.
The analyst, Chetan Sharma, has released the results of its 2012 Mobile Industry Predictions Survey, based on a questionnaire, answered by 150 executives, developers and insiders from established mobile companies and startups from across the value chain.
Oh what a year that was. So much going on, at such breakneck speed, that it was hard, at times, to keep up. What better way to end the year then, than with a round-up of the highlights of the past 12 months in mobile marketing.
[img_assist|nid=16153|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=112|height=150]The latest digital edition, issue eight, of our quarterly magazine is available now, and is packed full of analysis and opinion on the hot topics in mobile marketing.
In it, we celebrate the winners of this year’s Effective Mobile Marketing Awards program, with a 12-page special, looking at the winning campaigns.
[img_assist|nid=15880|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=150|height=72]The world never sleeps, as someone once said, and nowhere is that more true than in the world of mobile marketing, where right across the world, new companies are starting up, and existing ones expanding, in line with the growing number of brands investing bigger budgets in the mobile channel.
As regular readers will know, we try our level best to keep on top of it all, and we’re as interested in what’s going on in New Delhi, as we are in what’s happening in New York. Or London, for that matter.
There are just four places left on the Half-day Intermediate Course that our Mobile Training Academy (MTA) training arm is running in London from 9.30am – 12.30pm on Wednesday, 9 November.
The course provides an overview of the role mobile phones and tablets now play throughout the purchase cycle in boosting customer acquisition, improving retention and enabling transactions.
The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has urged the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to start to get tough on text spam, following the Justice Select Committee’s call for custodial sentences to be handed out for breaches of the Data Protection Act.
More than 3,000 premium rate telephone services (PRS) providers have signed up to PhonepayPlus’ new industry-wide Registration Scheme. The scheme launched in April, and registration became mandatory on 1 September 2011, when PhonepayPlus’ new Code of Practice came into force.
There are just a few places left on the first Half Day Intermediate Course being staged by our Training division, The Mobile Training Academy (MTA).
The course takes place in London from 9.30am – 12.30pm on Wednesday, 9 November. It will provide an overview of the role mobile phones and tablets now play throughout the purchase cycle in boosting customer acquisition, improving retention and enabling transactions.
Solaris Mobile, the Dublin-based operator of hybrid satellite and terrestrial wireless networks across Europe, has been granted a combined Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) and Complementary Ground Control (CGC) licence authorisation in Spain.
After the problems RIM has experienced in the United Arab Emirates, Synchronica plc, which provides next-generation mobile messaging services, has wasted no time in announcing that its flagship product, Mobile Gateway, complies with lawful interception legislation.
Tech blog Gizmodo is reporting that a group of iPhone 4 users in the US have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple and AT&T relating to the reception problems that affect the handset when it is held in a certain position.
Starhome, in conjunction with five project partners has been awarded the Bronze award from Celtic, a publicly administered European consortium for Information and Communication Technology projects, for its contribution to the EnComPAs2 (Enabling Community Communications – Platforms and Applications) Project.
PhonepayPlus, the premium rate industry regulatory body, has issued details of its next consultation process that, if ratified will see it introduce a simplified Code of Practice for the premium rate industry. Central to the proposed new regime is a Registration Scheme that will shine a light on rogue providers and provide consumers with helpful information on services they may have bought, or are thinking of buying.
Apple has responded to Nokias legal action against the company by filing a countersuit claiming that Nokia is infringing 13 of Apple's own patents.
Other companies must compete with us by inventing their own technologies, not just by stealing ours, says Bruce Sewell, Apples General Counsel and Senior Vice President.
Nokias lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the iPhone infringes 10 of Nokias patents, could result in settlement even higher than the $612 million (375 million involved in the Blackberry case in 2006. But in contrast with that earlier case, this one is unlikely to lead to threats to cut-off the iPhones 30 million users.
Thats the view of Nicholas Fox, a Chartered Patent Attorney at London-based Ipulse, who says:
Red Bend Software has been issued with two new patents by the United States Patent and Trade Mark Office. The patents cover revertible and failsafe features of Red Bends already patented in-place update methods used for managing software on mobile devices. Both features improve the user experience and enable Red Bends customers to reduce support costs and increase service revenues.
In response to the Federal Communications Commission Notices of Inquiry into the United States Wireless Communications Market (FCC 09-157 and 09-51, and FCC 09-66) , the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) has submitted two responses to the FCC. The first response is to the Notice of Inquiry into the Competitive Market Conditions. The second response is to the Notice of Inquiry into Innovation and Investment.
The Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) is to stage a tour of four key Southeast Asian countries to foster collaboration between regulators and members, and create an environment conducive to the mobile media industrys continual growth and vibrancy. The two week tour, from 7-18 September, will cover Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India.
European mobile operators are seeking to quickly find and implement Roaming Control solutions that will enable them to comply with tariff-reduction and roaming legislation set to take effect in less than two months, according to industry analysts at Starhome, which provides roaming services for mobile network operators.
The European Commission (EC) has issued a set of recommendations to ensure those involved in the design or operation of technology using smart chips respect the individual's fundamental right to privacy and data protection.
Mobile transaction network mBlox has issued a statement concerning investigations in to UK breaches of PhonepayPlus Code of Practice. mBlox has been the subject of an increasing number of PhonepayPlus adjudications, and says it has released the statement in order to put these in context and make it clear that these are historical problems which have been addressed by mBlox in conjunction with PhonepayPlus. The statement reads:
AdaptiveMobile, which provides mobile subscriber protection for enterprises and individuals, has urged mobile operators worldwide to follow the example led by the United States, where this week three of the largest Internet Services Providers (ISPs) – Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable – committed $1 million (500,000) to help block access to explicit child sites and bulletin boards, marking a first move of ISPs giving into government pressures of ‘policing’ the Internet.
Starhome, which provides roaming services and converged solutions, has announced that it has been granted a US patent (US patent No: 7,356,337) for an innovative solution for home shortcode resolution. The new technology, for use by mobile subscribers while roaming, enables shortcode numbers to be translated on the handset in order to drive a higher call completion rate and to increase user satisfaction.
Telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed that mobile operator O2 has now met its obligation to roll out its 3G services to at least 80% of the UK population. This follows Ofcom’s notice to O2 in February that it would shorten its licence by four months if it did not comply with its rollout obligation by 30 June 2008. O2 acquired its 3G licence in 2000 for 4,030 million.
Communications regulator Ofcom has proposed new rules to tighten the regulation of television and radio programmes that rely heavily on premium rate telephone services (PRS). The proposed new Broadcasting Code rules will ensure that programmes that invite viewers and listeners to interact or participate are not vehicles for promoting commercial, revenue-generating services.
Mobile operators serving 550 million customers in the
European Union are putting in place safeguards to ensure that children can
safely access content on mobile phones, as part of a programme coordinated by GSM Europe, the European arm of the GSM Association.
The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), which represents more than 500 member companies worldwide, has released the latest edition of its Consumer Best Practices (CBP) Guidelines for cross-carrier mobile content services in the United States. The MMA says the Guidelines, updated twice annually, have become the baseline set of rules for cross-carrier mobile content services in the United States. The Guidelines can be downloaded here.
The Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) Europe has launched its guide to the AMS (Audiovisual Media Services) Directive at a members’ workshop with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Ofcom. The MEFs Practical Guide’ aims to help the many mobile entertainment companies affected by the Directive understand both its impact, and the potential opportunities it will create across the single market.
The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) is urging marketers to exercise caution when considering the permission implications of Bluetooth following the Information Commissioners Offices (ICOs) recent decision to exclude Bluetooth from its guidance on compliance with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).
Bluetooth marketing is in the news again, following the Information Commissioners Offices decision to update its guidance for marketers on the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003. The updated guidance removes Bluetooth from the list of communication methods that require the users opt-in permission.
Crazy Frog service provider mBlox has been hit with an unwanted Christmas present in the shape of a 40,000 fine and formal reprimand by telecoms regulator ICSTIS. mBlox has also been ordered to pay refunds to all those who complained to the regulator. The adjudication follows a lengthy investigation and subsequent Oral hearing with mBlox, Jamba, and their legal representatives.
Although Jamba itself was not fined, the fine will be passed on to Jamba by mBlox.
Jonathan Bass, managing director of mobile marketing agency Incentivated, has warned mobile marketers to ensure they stay on the right side of the law when outsourcing the broadcasting of SMS campaigns. According to Bass, many companies are inadvertently breaking the law by transferring customer data outside the EU, in order to execute campaigns, something that breaches the 8th principle of the Data Protection Act.
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