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The word is out. City Live is changing the Belgian telecoms landscape by starting up a new mobile operator with a heart for internet.

Mobile Vikings was supposed to be launched in silence today. With an invite based system, we are aiming for a controlled growth path to let the world get used to our model. Instead, Frederik Tibau from Datanews spotted what we were doing, with a host of other coverage on the internet in it’s slipstream:

http://www.iphoned.nl/gratis-internetten-op-de-iphone/4005/
http://pi007.wordpress.com/2008/12/15/mobile-vikings/
http://www.mobisphere.be/mobisphere/2008/12/mobile-vikings-apporte-linternet-mobile-gratuit-en-belgique.html
http://www.tijd.be/nieuws/ondernemingen_media_telecom/Kleine_gsm-spelers_hebben_bijna_tiende_van_markt.8118364-435.art
http://www.telecompaper.com/nl/article.aspx?cid=650027
http://www.datanews.be/nl/news/90-5-21513/nieuwe-operator–mobile-vikings–biedt-gratis-mobiel-internet.html
http://www.iii.co.uk/investment/detail?code=cotn%3AARTA.L&display=discussion&action=detail&id=4379533
http://www.nieuws.be/nieuws/Nieuwe_operator_Mobile_Vikings_biedt_gratis_mobiel_internet_2853b6c9.aspx
http://www.iphonic.be/profiles/blogs/gratis-mobiel-internet-met
http://belgoit.be/un-nouvel-operateur-offrira-linternet-mobile-gratuit

Today at noon we will send out an email with more information to everyone who requested to stay informed on http://mobilevikings.com. Stay tuned over the next days, we’re in for a hell of a ride.

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Last Friday, my colleague Koen and I gave a presentation about the future of mobile and the choices City Live makes. We called it ‘the magic of mobile’. Our public? Students communication and multimedia design or the web decision makers of tomorrow. Take a look:

The presentation was part of a set of experimental media classes, in which the students are challenged to do an assignment with the tools they are introduced to. That’s why our R&D director Davy ended the presentation with a GLOWE workshop. He showed amongst others how you can make a mobile application with the GLOWE specification and put it on iGoogle or your blog as well.

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The City Live developers community Glowe presented a mobile  ‘alcoholtest application‘at the Student Take-Off in Hasselt yesterday.  And it was a succes. Students checked their ‘status’ and estimated alcohol percentage via the mobile phone and loved it.


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The Belgian Rudy Dewaele, founder of Mobile Monday Barcelona and Mobile Monday Madrid gave an interesting presentation at Mobile Monday Amsterdam last week: 15 tips to create value for mobile. The 23 minute film and the presentation itself via this blog post at the Mobile Monday website.

 

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I promised in the blog entry about the mobile practices of Flemish newspapers that I would also take a look at the mobile choices the Flemish magazines make.

Whereas every Flemish newspaper mentioned has chosen a mobile website, publisher Sanoma Magazines has taken a different path. The path of mobile applications. For their women’s magazines Flair and Libelle, they offer a weekly mobile magazine. Libelle provides their subscribers among others kitchen recipes, Flair the following:

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The success of Twitter is really amazing. Since its launch in July 2006, the micro-blogging site built up a community of more than 1 million users that send 3 million messages each day. But will this success continue now that Twitter announced that free SMS updates are history?

Twitter growth

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Sometimes it’s good to dig up old news and see what we can learn from past experiences. With all the enthusiasm that is emerging around mobile Android, iPhone or Symbian applications I revisited an old article on mobile data user experience.

The original article was written two years ago by Elliot Drucker, a regular author of Wireless Week. I have summarised it for you here and added my personal interpretation.

Rule 1: Consistent User Interface

Natural and intuitive user interfaces are great, but consistency is even more important. Users don’t want to learn a new interface with every application.

Lesson: Use a framework to develop your frontends.

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