Competitive Trends

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Voice Search On Mobiles

Published on April 17th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Voice search for mobile phones is one of the killer applications  – just think of all the people for whom mobile is the main tool for connectivity and they do not prefer to – or simply cannot – type. How nice [&hellip... Read More


Companies

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Mobile Phone Import Up 6 Times In 3 years

Published on April 12th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

As reported by The News, the import of mobile phones in Pakistan has increased almost six times over the last three years. This is alarming because it causes huge drain on foreign reserves and deprives Pakistan of the economic [&hellip... Read More


Companies

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When a cell phone is like a cow: Story of Grameen Bank

Published on April 11th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

There’s an interesting story about Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank in Financial Express. The story is inspired from a book called “You Can Hear Me Now” by Nicholas Sullivan, in which he writes how microloans and cell phones [&hellip... Read More


Competitive Trends

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Guide to MNP in Pakistan – 2

Published on April 10th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Now that MNP is available in Pakistan and all the companies are trying to win customers from their competitors, lets review the implementation of this $80 Million effort in bit more detail. For an overall summary of MNP please see my post at [&hellip... Read More


Competitive Trends

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More Companies To Make Low Cost Cell Phones

Published on April 9th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

I’ve written about low cost cell phones previously in my blog here and here. Motorola has been on the forefront of this despite some setbacks. Now other companies from Europe are joining the race. The low cost cell phone market segment is [&hellip... Read More


Information Technology

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WiFi Phones

Published on April 5th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Most of us know Wi-Fi as a way for laptops to get a high-speed wireless connection to the Web. But as Wi-Fi technology becomes more commonp, handset makers in US and Europe are beginning to include Wi-Fi chips in [&hellip... Read More


Companies

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Telecom Industry’s Contribution to Pakistan’s Economy

Published on April 4th, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

The GSM Association, a trade assoication of GSM mobile operators worldwide, has released the preliminary results of a study prepared by Deloitte, which estimates that the mobile industry has created 220,000 high-paying jobs in Pakistan and [&hellip... Read More


Consumer Rights

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Developing World Telecom And Universal Service Fund

Published on April 2nd, 2007 | by Babar Bhatti

Universal Service Fund, commonly known as USF, is a tax on telecommunication service which is used to fund and subsidise telecommunication infrastructure for remote and rural areas. USF is a controversial regulatory tool. It has been around since 1997 [&hellip... Read More


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