Monthly Archives: October 2008

Parter Love: Twitterfone is Beautiful

A quick shout out to Sabrina Dent. She designed the Twitterfone Web Page(s), under eh, difficult circumstances ūüôā So we were delighted to hear that on Saturday night she was awarded the Most Beautiful Web Site award at the Inaugural Irish Web Awards.

She also gave a master-class in acceptance speeches. Short, sweet. Funny. True. Video is here.


Dial2do’s CEO, Ivan Mac Donald, interviewed at Mobilize

We recently sponsored and attended GigaOm’s inaugural Mobilize conference in San Francisco. Great gig -about 300+ people, lots of luminaries on the panels, and a killer mix of VCs and¬†industry¬†people in the audience. ¬†We look forward to returning!

Our ceo, Ivan Mac Donald was interviewed by¬†Kevin C. Tofel of jkontherun¬†during the day. Here’s the clip.

A singular conference: eComm 2009


The one the only!

The one the only!



We’ve been lucky enough to have presented and attended in full both eComm 2008, and ETel 2007. It was out of the ashes of ETel in 2007, that one person, Lee S¬†Dryburgh, picked up the ball and ran with it until he had persuaded, cajoled, begged and literally borrowed his way to staging eComm 2008 at the Computer History Museum in the heart of the Valley.

If you’ve never been – then consider eComm 2009 now, and block out your calendar. Here are my personal top ten reasons to attend:

10     The people, The people, The people. Genuinely excellent people, speaking and in the room.

9       The topics: everything in the telecom spectrum Рand more besides. Not product pitches. 

8       The ruthless time keeping. Watch as seasoned speakers are cut short and thrown off the stage!

7 ¬† ¬† ¬† The format that shouldn’t work. Lots of 15 min talks? Lightning talks of 5 mins? Breakfast together? Huh? Won’t work. Does.¬†

6       The innernet and the tellycom systems are being jammed together, one way or the other. eComm is one of the few conferences to try and consider all the implications.

5 ¬† ¬† ¬† Lee. A good reason to attend is to nab the ever-present Lee himself. Thoughtful and wise in the ways of telecom, and yet, a disruptor who’s not¬†politically¬†correct. You’ll smile. Of course, you might also nab Martin Geddes, James Enck, or a whole range of other luminaries around the event.¬†

4       Cool stuff. Last year Fonolo showed off their deep-dialling. Ribbit gave a lightening tour of their Ribbit platform and Amphibian (before BT bought them). 

3       The mix. Old style operators and carriers mingle with hell-bent-on-burning-it-all-down disruptors. May the best business model win!

2       The out of hours sessions. There may be beer, sushi and talk of telecom revolution. 

1 ¬† ¬† ¬† The chance to meet, present and hear feedback from one of the best collections of your industry peers you’re likely to find in 2009.

See you there. The Call for Speakers is now open.

To invite, say “invite”

We’re adding new stuff in to Dial2Do on a pretty regular basis. One of the little new features we added is invites. If you want to invite one of your contacts to join Dial2Do, then you can just call Dial2Do and say “invite”. It won’t surprise you to learn that the conversation will go something like this:

You: Invite

Dial2Do: Invite Who?

You: Sean O Sullivan

Dial2Do: Ok, invite sent to Sean O Sullivan

Dial2Do will then send an email to your contact, inviting them to join Dial2Do and saying nice things about them. 

We’re giving away a few small gifts for those who help spread the love. Some goodies from ThinkGeek, some nice vouchers and some Mopods to give away. So hit the phone and spread the word!

Oh, and “one more thing” – as Columbo or Steve Jobs might say.

If you are a regular user of Dial2Do, you might have imported quite a few of your contacts to the service. You’ll notice we’ve added new and improved import options to make it easier to pull your favourite contacts in there. If you ever need one of those contacts, and you don’t happen to have it on your phone, just call Dial2Do and say “Business Card”. You’ll be asked for the name of your contact, and then Dial2Do will send it straight to your phone as a vcard. Nice! ūüôā

As ever – feedback welcome!

IMS RCS : an update six months on

I did a short piece six months ago on the IMS Rich Communication Suite. Last week I was speaking at the IMS 2.0 and RCS conference in Amsterdam. So here’s a brief update, along with some general colour from the conference itself.

First off – the conference. It was pretty good – a three day event, with a good mix of operators, vendors and various unclassifiables like myself. I’d guess 150-200 people in total, with good attendance through the days. Format was a mix if speaking slots and panels, and overall it was very interactive, with good engagement between those on the stage and those in the audience. That always makes for a good conference, as you tend to get more from discussion than lecture. This is true also of the coffee breaks and lunches – where often some of the best information and learning occurs.¬†

Now – on to RCS itself. I am now officially worried about it. At a high level, that’s because the Telecom Industry process struggles to move at speed.

[Rant alert]

In this case, RCS was kicked off in late 2007, and is still hoping to be in real phones (as an implemented standard) in 2009. If it did this, it would be a minor miracle in itself, as that’s FAST in telco-land. This is because you have to get multiple stakeholders: operators/carriers, handset-players, and equipment and various software providers to agree (via a standard) on a common agenda and move from specification to implementation via comprehensive interop-testing in as short a time as possible. Often, that short time is three years. So as I say, 2009 would be a good result.

However, it’s just not fast enough any more. Right now, people are being actively educated about presence, availability and messaging, not by Orange, or Vodafone, but by Skype, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, among others. They don’t call it presence, or whatever. You just find your buddies and set your status. By the time the first RCS-enabled handsets are out, many, many users will also have become used to using these in a mobile setting: using fring or Truphone on the iPhone, or Nokia phones, or others.

My point is, when RCS ships, one of the first and valid questions from every target user will be: Does it work with my [AIM ; Google ; MSN ; Yahoo ; Skype] buddy list? No?

Um, FAIL, as the trend is to say now ūüôā

Seriously: people won’t be asking: can I see everyone’s status on my phone book and does it interoperate across carriers and is it free of roaming charges. Just – does it work with what I’ve already been doing for 2, 3 or perhaps 5+ years. If the answer is no, then the service has a major adoption problem that is not being addressed. Google, Yahoo and the others need to be supportive of RCS. Someone from the relevant body needs to be talking to them now and finding a win-win between RCS and their services (and I think there are some).¬†

[Rant over]

So – back to the conference. it really was very good – there was excellent discussion around IMS and RCS, and candid questions (such as the above interop issue with the Internet Giants) were asked and discussed, even if no conclusive answers were found. The progress on the standards work has been fast by industry peer standards. I genuinely think that the RCS initiative has a chance of succeeding, and I applaud its attempt to ensure that rich interoperable services work day one on our cool new handsets in late 2009. I’m just concerned that this will end up being too little, too late, and that the Internet players will have scorched the Earth well before then, and moved on to the next battle.

The slides from our talk at the conference are here.

MobileJam @ CTIA Wireless IT / Entertainment

We came, we saw, we Jammed!! ūüôā

So MobileJam was a blast at CTIA San Francisco. Caroline and the Team did a storming job. I’d guess there were 150 – 200 people in total came through the sessions during the day. It warmed up pretty quickly – with a debate and discussion covering “what carriers could do for developers” and covering the typical issues such as the process for getting “on air” with a carrier, on and off deck options, revenue share, access to tools and testing, and new developments at the various carrier programmes. As ever, it was pretty lively from the get-go!


The Jam Panel kicks off the day

The Jam Panel kicks off the day



The afternoon we broke in to the sessions, which were both entertaining and informative. These are run as facilitated sessions around specific topics, such as routes to market, or security, or testing, or “openness” (the one I ran with Peter Baldwin).¬†

The people attending were not shy, and gave freely of their opinions and comments as we went through these sessions. At the end of the day, we attempted to wrap up. Always tricky – given the range of opinions and people involved. Oh – and there were prizes – real SonyEricsson phones for the people who contributed best during the sessions.

If you can – check out the MobileJam Mural – ¬†those guys did a fantastic job of capturing the discussions during the day, and created a looooooong mural that reflected the discussions, comments, and debate throughout the day. Caroline is thinking of getting T Shirts done up. Cool! Here’s a taster:


The first few feet of the Jam Mural....

The first few feet of the Jam Mural....

And then we headed off to the Jam Party, which was still rolling at 10pm when I dragged myself out of there. Great event – I recommend you try it if you’re near the next one. You also can participate by heading over to the WipWiki (which is run by the Wireless Industry Partnership) and signing up and joining in.

Hope to see you at a Jam down the road!