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November 20th, 2009

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Typhoon Ondoy (International name: Ketsana) has devastated millions of Filipinos in the Philippines.

Ondoy roared across the northern Philippines near Manila on Saturday, dumping more than a month’s worth of rain in just 12 hours.

Nearly 300,000 people were affected by storm, including some 47,000 people who were brought to about 100 schools, churches and other evacuation shelters, officials said.

In this time of need, let us all work hand in hand together to help out our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.

Friendster has compiled all the verified rescue relief centers across the country, as well as abroad.

With a little effort and helping out, we can give aid and assistance to those in need faster.

Globe challenges Smart’s speed test claim

November 15th, 2009

The mobile broadband war is getting more intense as the two mobile services rivals try to claim ownership of having the fastest mobile broadband service.

Smart Communications started to run an advertisement claiming that its SmartBro wireless broadband service is the fastest, based on a public field test conducted by a company called PSRC (Philippine Survey and Research Center).

The SmartBro TV commercial showed a celebrity host testing a SmartBro kit and a second kit that is blurred on screen, apparently the unit from rival Globe. The host utilized the popular bandwidth testing site SpeedTest.Net, with the results showing SmartBro as the fastest.

However, rival Globe Telecom, which owns the Globe Tattoo brand, questioned the credibility of Smart’s claims saying that their rival’s test was full of fallacies as it used one website for measurement. In a press conference, Globe’s network engineers claimed that SpeedTest.Net only captures the “burst speed” of the network being tested during a certain period, but not the actual total speed within a sustained period.

Broadband and Landline Group Marketing Head Mari Litonjua added that Smart’s test was only within one place. To counter this claim Litonjua said they wanted an independent review and tapped telecommunications system integrator NESIC Philippines to conduct a series of tests using Globe Tattoo and SmartBro.

They also included a competing kit from Sun’s own wireless broadband service but only for Metro Manila where the service is only available.

Instead of just using SpeedTest.net, Litonjua showed they also used a speed testing software called Netpersec and a second speed testing website, 2Wire.com.

“We don’t want do the test in one place just like they did. So we tested it in several areas,” Litonjua said, noting that these areas were chosen at random and based on foot traffic.

As the NESIC results showed, Globe Tattoo outmatched SmartBro in all of the tests. Only Sun Cellular’s wireless broadband performed nearly the same as Globe Tattoo, and it also outgunned SmartBro.

The NESIC test, however, did not include a prolonged time-based test, which could also affect the kit’s bandwidth. There are external, uncontrolled factors that can affect bandwidth speed, even in high-signal locations. One of these include the number of mobile phone and wireless broaband users in a given area who are connecting at the same time.

Still, Litonjua stressed that the purpose of the test was to get the most comprehensive measurement and make people aware of the claims. “What’s important is user experience and we’re trying to address that.”

SmartBro has over 500,000 users in the Philippines. Globe claims that it has over 110,000 wireless broadband subscribers, the majority of which are from its Globe Tattoo service.

Smart has yet to respond to Globe’s test results.

via Globe challenges Smart’s speed test claim – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

Blackberry India App Store

November 15th, 2009

Research In Motion, the maker of the smart phone Blackberry, has extended its application store to India, which includes third party applications by Indian media and entertainment firm such as Hungama, broadcaster CNBC-TV18 and application developer Geodesic.

Range, Pricing

A factor that affects the success of an app store is its range of applications. Other handset vendors such as Apple and Nokia were able to immediately tie up with Indian developers and media partners to offer India-exclusive applications on their respective application stores but RIM has only managed three. Will Indian users be dismayed by this small-scale, pocket-sized attempt? One wonders if such launches could spark off more independent mobile app sites on the lines of Getjar.com.

We attempted to search for the Indian pricing of applications online at the store – it is unavailable as of now. We have contacted the company to get details of paid applications and their pricing and will update this post soon.

Can we expect moderation in pricing compared to other app stores? Maybe not – the company has chosen to stay in its ivory tower while other handset manufacturers (Nokia with its E63 and HTC, Acer) are lowering price barriers.

Will Anybody Really Use The Store?

Recently, at the Geodesic earnings call, Kiran Kulkarni, MD, Geodesic, had revealed something that suggests (and this is our extrapolation and not Kulkarni’s) the app store might not find many takers. He said, “Fact is that 79% of Blackberry users use only voice in India and not its e-mail features.” So much for its “push e-mail” slogan! RIM might need to come up with new strategy for India and invest largely in advertisements that expound the real value of the handsets and that will encourage users to explore its functions.

via Here Comes The Blackberry India App Store | MediaNama.

Broadband Addoption in Philippines Still Slow

November 15th, 2009

Broadband service in the Philippines lags behind its neighbors in terms of wireless broadband adoption. The country only has “less than a million” users despite having launched 3G service three years ago.

Currently the leading landline operator PLDT, Smart Communication, have a combined broadband subscriber base of 1.2 million. About 700,000 of these use Smart Bro, which is comprised of fixed and wireless–via USB dongles–broadband users.

Main rival Globe Telecom, on the other hand, has 379,000 broadband subscribers, of which 180,000 are subscribers of its Globe Tattoo wireless plugin broadband service.

Another market player, Sun Cellular, has also rolled out its fixed and wireless broadband services but its subscriber base is still just a few thousands, and nowhere near the numbers of Smart and Globe.

Read more here http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/communications/0,39044192,62059187,00.htm

MTNL Ups Unlimited Broadband Speed

November 15th, 2009

MTNL has also increased the speed of its existing Unlimited Broadband plan “Triband unlimited 256Kbps” to 384 Kbps, and increased the timing for the ‘Night Unlimited’ plan to 10pm to 8am, from 11pm to 7am.

‘MTNL is providing the truly Unlimited Broadband plan without any “Fair Usage Policy” or limitations regarding download and uploads,’ the BSE listed company said in a press release.

Read the full article here http://www.medianama.com/2009/11/223-mtnl-ups-unlimited-broadband-speed-pitches-no-fair-usage-policy/

Photo From the Globe Tattoo Launch Event

November 4th, 2009

Blogger LA Lomarda has some great photos of the Globe Tattoo Launch event. Check them out here.

Slow iPhone Launch in Beijing for China Unicom and Apple

October 30th, 2009

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The iPhone was off to slow start in Beijing as rain fell on the launch party held by Apple and China Unicom. Read the full article here http://bit.ly/1oW5L

Tata Docomo Commercials

October 26th, 2009

I’m loving the new Tata Docomo Commercials. The audio is great and they are so playful. Here are a few that I have found.
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BSNL Launches PrePaid Broadband Plans, More Expensive

October 26th, 2009

bsnl-mobile-indiaInstead of lowering rates for broadband, public sector owned telco BSNL, has launched a prepaid Broadband service, that appears to be more expensive on a monthly basis, than a post-paid one.

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Tata Docomo Launches Comics On the Go

October 25th, 2009

tata-docomo-comicsTata Docomo has introduced a new value added service called “CoMix on-the-go”. This new service allows Tata Docomo subscribers to read full comic book content ranging from  ‘Mythological tales’ to the all popular ‘Supandi’ from Amar Chitra Katha, children favorite characters ‘Mickey Mouse’, ‘Winnie the Pooh’ and ‘Princess Diaries’ from Disney like and the powerful characters like ‘Sadhu’ and ‘Devi’ from Liquid comics. They have over 2000 titles currently available. Read the full story here »

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