Tuesday, November 13, 2007

What's Next For Mobile Services

Forbes highlights what's next for mobile services.
U.S. Importing Asian Cellular Sophistication

Japan and South Korea have spent years pushing innovation on the third screen, enabling phones to act as wallets, TVs and advertising vehicles. U.S. mobile operators, meanwhile, have focused on expanding and improving their service networks,mobile barcode sticking to basic services, such as text messaging.

That's changing. Over the next six months, U.S. carriers are gearing up to launch several waves of new cellular services.

Mark Donovan, a senior analyst at M:Metrics
is more bullish on two-dimensional barcodes.

A hit in Japan, the codes are being used to build a bridge between physical items—from roadside billboards to magazine print ads—to the virtual world. Their square, black-and-white, mottled patterns hold about 10 times more data than the familiar, skinny barcodes and can be printed on paper in ink or displayed as pixels on a screen.

Next year, the codes will get their first wide release in America.

ScanBuy , a New York-based wireless commerce developer, has convinced Sprint to do a six-month trial of the technology beginning as early as January. Other major carriers are considering making the technology available on their phones and networks, too


Matt said...

Will this use Scan buy's proprietary EZ Codes or the open QR Codes and Datamatrix Codes?

Anonymous said...

I am curious why you link to Scanbuy everytime you post about mobile barcodes on your blog?
Are you an employee or being paid to 'pump' ?

Scott Shaffer said...

Perhaps you're not aware that ScanBuy is a privately held PWC based in the U.S. and they
continue to get press from credible sources.

I don't think it is prudent to discuss the other U.S. based PWC company (publicly held) considering their dire financial situation.

Find the cherries, don't polish the pits.

Anonymous said...

How dire would Scanbuy be. Funny that you do not post financials for them.

Scott Shaffer said...

ScanBuy is a private company (financials to do not have to be disclosed) and does not rely on "death spiral" financing.

Because they are a private company, they must rely on money from accredited investors, not from esoteric toxic financing.

Anonymous said...

The scummy slime balls providing the toxic, death-spiral financing are lining their pockets IMO as we write here...having converted some preferred shares to 60 million or so common shares for a measely $.0131 each in late October and then dumping them through NITE for up to $.03 or so in recent weeks on a pump. 10-Q shows it all. Nice work if you can get it lol. Here I thought the IRS had a license to steal...YA has a much better scam going. They can hide behind the 4.99% cap on common stock ownership. Nobody knows what they're up to until 4 months too late. I hope someone corners management during the upcoming CC and ask why YA is not considered an affiliate required to report its trading considering the bastards own almost 80% of this 'PWC darling' on a fully diluted basis. I can hear the mole's response now..."Oh, they are so good to us..they gave us more money when we needed it." Yeah, right. No, they stuck it to the company sideways!

Scott Shaffer said...

Congratulations, you connected the right dots and discovered their "toxic financing". This has been disclosed in their financials for years but some refuse to see how dire it can be/is.

When your bank starts making your business decisions for you, you might as well call it quits.

Remember, find the cherries, don't polish the pits