Yahoo and Google go mobile


Excerpt from Times Online:
November 07, 2005
By Rhys Blakely
Mobile phones may yet fulfill the potential foreseen
during the dot-com boom, following reports that
Yahoo and Google are to roll out services through
wireless networks.
To date mobile internet - or "3G" - services have
proved a disappointment for users, who have had to
contend with patchy network coverage and lengthy
download times.
Telecoms companies paid ?2.5 billion in 3G license
fees in the UK alone, hoping to cash in on the
new market. But half a decade later a study by Ofcom,
the telecoms watchdog, found that 85 per cent of
the British population did not know what "3G" meant.
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Reply to
Caerus
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As usual, you just can't pass up a chance to be snide, can you?
Reply to
kashe
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Reply to
John Navas
Agree, most of the dot-com "potential" was just pure hype and spin.
Reply to
George
On Wed, 09 Nov 2005 13:33:24 -0500,
Not really. There were some spectacular failures during the boom/bust years and people with more marketing prowess than anything else, who made the whole industry look bad. That doesn't mean anything online that purports to offer an interesting service is automatically "bunk".
Also, the way the article reference is written, in a way, is a return to the "bad days" (publications like "Fast Company", "Business 2.0" and "Red Herring" come to mind) where anything remotely connected to the internet, or data networks is imbued with all sorts of "cool" catchwords like "3G", and "Dotcom" etc., rather than just talking about whatever the h*ll the product *does* - and more importantly, whether it's *useful* or not.
It takes little knowledge or insight to write about Yahoo or Google. It's like a business writer writing about Walmart: everyone talks about them, news is everywhere, everyone writes about them, who cares?
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Philip J. Koenig

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