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Mobility battlescape - the war for controlling your handset

With mobility becoming a commodity, how's a service provider or a phone vendor to differentiate itself ?

In recent years there has been an ongoing battle between the carriers, content providers and the phone vendors to gain access to the valuable real-estate in the palm of your hand.

They've all taken different approaches to gain access to the consumer.
Nokia recently opened two flagship stores in New York and Chicago so that it could control what features the consumers got on the phone - a plan that was probably triggered by Cingular disabling the WiFi connectivity on some of the Nokia phones it sold as part of its service plans.

Apple is opening up the iPhone platform for third-party developers and there is a legion of third-party application developers who are providing phone-independent Value Added Services.
Skype has launched a mobile service that does not depend on the carriers, there are services like Fring that can bypass the carriers toll service to make wireless VoIP ca…

Craigslist's Take on the Ephemeral vs The Eternal

Here's a dummies version of a discussion between the ephemeral vs the eternal (at least in relative terms). This post and the reply has probably been blogged and analyzed ad-infinitum on the blogsphere, but it channels a lot of economics and Buddhist philosophy ;-)

What am I doing wrong?
Okay, I'm tired of beating around the bush. I'm a beautiful (spectacularly beautiful) 25 year old girl. I'm articulate and classy. I'm not from New York. I'm looking to get married to a guy who makes at least half a million a year. I know how that sounds, but keep in mind that a million a year is middle class in New York City, so I don't think I'm overreaching at all. Are there any guys who make 500K or more on this board? Any wives? Could you send me some tips?
I dated a business man who makes average around 200 - 250. But that's where I seem to hit a roadblock. 250,000 won't get me to central park west. I know a woman in my yoga class who was married to …

Dealing with the 'Irrational' Negotiator

HBS's Working Knowledge has a great article on dealing with irrational negotiators.
Mistake 1 : They are not irrational - they are uninformed
Mistake 2 : They are not irrational - they have hidden constraints
Mistake 3 : They are not irrational - they have hidden interests

After having dealt with a couple of people who seemed to be irrational - this provides a good framework on how to approach these negotiations.

Corporate Slogans

There are corporate slogans that work:Cisco has "Welcome To The Human Network", GE has "Imagination at Work", HP has the evocative "Invent" and we all know who has "Always Low Prices. Always".And then there's this:
Who else but a bureaucrat at the Government of India's Airport Authority of India could come up with this: "Safety Culture Is Of Paramount Value"?

Blogging about Tractors

I don't think any non-IT company or for that matter any IT company in India has a company blog.

The blog run on the Mahindra website by
"Joel Combs – 32 years old, live on and farm 170 acres in Pine Knot, Kentucky USA. Gateway to the Big South Fork NRRA. I have 3 children, ages 5, 7 and 9, and I work as a Machine Operator for Kingsford Charcoal in Burnside, KY. I’m a 5-year member of LIUNA local 576, and my hobbies include hunting, fishing, boating, cars, barbecuing, and most all things outdoors."

Not a terribly interesting blog - but some good photos on how the non-IT world lives ;-)

Looks like Mahindra is trying to show how it's part of the American community.