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What you need to know: This weblog captures key data points about the global telecoms industry. I use it as an electronic notebook to support my work for Pringle Media.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Amazon Launches Keenly-Priced Tablet

Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire, a tablet computer with a seven inch multi-touch display, priced at 199 US dollars. The Kindle Fire, which is designed to provide "instant access" to Amazon's digital entertainment services, will ship with 8GB of memory, a 1024 x 600 pixel screen and a new web browser, which draws on Amazon's formidable Cloud services.

In a clear shot at Apple, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said: "There are two types of companies: those that work hard to charge customers more, and those that work hard to charge customers less. Both approaches can work. We are firmly in the second camp." source: Amazon statement

Friday, September 23, 2011

iPad Maintains Iron Grip

Apple’s iPad will account for 73.4% of worldwide media tablet sales in 2011, down from 83% share in 2010, according to reserach firm Gartner. “Apple had the foresight to create this market and in doing that planned for it as far as component supplies such as memory and screen," said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner. "This allowed Apple to bring the iPad out at a very competitive price and no compromise in experience among the different models that offer storage and connectivity options.”

“So far, Android’s appeal in the tablet market has been constrained by high prices, weak user interface and limited tablet applications” Ms. Milanesi added. source: Gartner statement

Friday, September 16, 2011

RIM's Sales Slide 10%

Research In Motion, maker of Blackberry, said its revenue fell 10% year-on-year to 4.2 US billion dollars in the quarter ended August 27, 2011.  RIM said it shipped approximately 10.6 million BlackBerry smartphones (compared with 12.1 million the previous year) and approximately 200,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets during the quarter.

RIM expects revenue for the quarter ending November 26 to be in the range of 5.3 billion to 5.6 billion dollars, compared with 5.49 billion dollars the previous year. RIM expects BlackBerry smartphone shipments  to be between 13.5 million and 14.5 million units in the current quarter, compared with 14.2 million in the same period last year.

“We successfully launched a range of BlackBerry 7 smartphones around the world during the latter part of the second quarter and we are seeing strong sell-through and customer interest for these new products. Overall unit shipments in the quarter were slightly below our forecast due to lower than expected demand
for older models,” said Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion.source: RIM statement

Friday, September 9, 2011

Smartphones outsell Feature phones in Western Europe

In western Europe, feature phone shipments fell 29% year-on-year to 20.4 million units in the second quarter, while smartphone shipments increased 48% to 21.8 million units, according to IDC. The analyst firm said the total western European mobile phone market declined 3% year on year to 42.2 million units in the quarter. source: IDC statement 

Twitter Claim 100 million Active Users

Micro-blogging service Twitter said that it now has 100 million active users around the world. It claims that half of these users log in each day and 40% of its user base just read their feed, rather than posting themselves. source: Twitter blog post

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mobile Prices Down Sharply in Decade

Total global mobile voice minutes increased tenfold between 2001 and 2010 to 1.6 trillion last year, according to Wireless Intelligence. The research firm, a unit of the GSMA, said that is equivalent to an increase from three to five hours of call time per user per month across the world, and has come about as a result of a simultaneous drop in the effective price per minute of calls to a quarter of what it was nine years previously.  source: Wireless Intelligence statement