Monthly Archives: November 2007

Verizon blinks under Android glare – to offer “No Deck” Services

There are rarely times when someone can honestly say “I told you so!” with integrity. This is one of those times. 

Under increasing pressure from Google’s Android initiative, the 700 MHZ auction, the iPhone and Wimax, Verizon made a seminal announcement yesterday that they will be “opening up” their network to all forms of devices and services. 

While the devil will be in the details, it appears that Verizon will publish a Verizon standard for devices to utilize its services. 

So, while this is not quite the equivalent of ubiquitous Wifi access, it is, however, very significant. The company that touts its network prowess (and rightfully so) has decided that it cannot manage and approve all the applications and services by itself. Verizon is adding the “No deck” option to its existing on- and off-deck services.

 If this plan is taken at face value, it will unleash a plethora of new services. These services will add tremendous value to the Verizon network’s investment. The catch will be Verizon’s approval of devices in a company-run test lab. If this testing facility is purely technical, and devoid of business influence, then this plan may work.

The lesson of the Internet is that standardized access and connectivity will generate all forms of applications — some good, some not so good.

The Android initiative is already working.

If this landmark announcement is just a public relations strategy for spectrum auction positioning, then this tactic will serve to distract from and delay the inevitable.

It appears to me that Verizon is serious, time will tell

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What are you Up2?

What are you Up2?

Upoc is in the midst of a major upgrade. We are adding the fast-paced microblogging feature to our suite of services, available from the Web, WAP or SMS.

This exciting feature only amplifies our status as an existing market leader in the group messaging community. So, in addition to topic-based discussions, Upoc will now offer individuals the ability to microblog by answering the question, “What are you Up2?” 

Users will be able to view an interactive rolling flow of individual Up2 messages and group messages on their Web browsers. When they come across someone interesting, they can become that person’s fan, and get a copy of all future Up2 messages belonging to that user. Also, users can manage the list of their fans and see how popular they are! 

This application is the convergence of Web 2.0 and mobile: User content; interactivity; mobility; personalization; community; social networking, real-time; and soon, multimedia.

This is just the beginning. Upoc is becoming a platform for instantaneous super blogging. If you want to become of fan of my Up2, just go to and become a fan of username Steve. I am one of almost 4 million subscribers on our platform. … What are you Up2?

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Supertones are coming to a phone near you!

The acceleration of mobile media convergence, as evidenced by the recently launched Dada Entertainment (JV of Dada USA and Sony BMG), Jamster and others should give the growth of mobile media a well-deserved shot in the arm. I predict the next agent of growth with be …


What is a Supertone? It is a media product that combines a ringtone, an album wallpaper, a music video and perhaps a full mp3 track, all bundled in a single MMS-like download. This product will be hot!

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