This is a draft response to TRAI on their consultation paper on Differential Pricing for Data Services. Please feel free to comment, suggest improvements and most importantly use in part or in whole to send in your comments in support of Differential Pricing for Data Services. (Structure borrowed from the STI campaign) Emails should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Sir,
Thank you for this Consultation
Paper on Differential Pricing for Data Services; The TRAI should bring in rules that foster
innovation not just in the Internet services Domain, but also in the domain of
Internet access. This will invariably mean to allow a free hand to TSPs to
innovate in distribution and pricing. This would include differential pricing -
especially the practice of “Zero Rating” and other such innovations. I hope the TRAI considers my
answers. Thanking you My answers: Question 1: Should the TSPs be allowed to have differential pricing for
data usage for accessing different websites, applications or pla…
We all love to make predictions and I made one to @shachinb and Steffen Harting when I met them in early 2014.
Which was: Apps are temporary phase (of indeterminate length), eventually most apps will switch back into the web browser. Only games and apps that require continuous access to phone sensors such as accelerometer, GPS etc will remain as apps. For most other purposes a well designed mobile website is going to do a world of good.
So, when Forbes declared that the mobile browser is dead and the mobile app is the new new thing, I retested my earlier hypothesis and came to the same conclusion. I.e. We are hung up on apps way more than required
Due to this hang up, we are sacrificing the mobile web experience.
It pleased me no end to see an old friend @jassim make this comment Super impressed with the Twitter mobile web experience, replaces the app for me
This just goes to show it is possible to achieve what I stated as a hypothesis above.
One look at the NDTV mobile websit…
So much is said about social networks and how catch all social networks are all the rage right now. But look back a few years and you see all a landscape littered with yesterday's stars. Friendster Hi5
and to some extent Orkut (Some may argue that Orkut is alive and kicking in India, but I beg to differ. Orkut isn't hip any mre, which means that over time it will slide into nothingness. After all which woman, wants 100 friend requests from absolute strangers)
And not to mention that the hundreds of new social networks that pop up every other day. Clearly a gold rush is on. The acquisition of Desimartini by HT 's Firefly eVenture is a symptom of this gold rush.
With the reported difficulties of Google & MS to monetise their respective ad properties of MySpace and Facebook, it is clear that we have seen all the hypergrowth we had to see, It will grow, there are after all several billion people on this planet but not necessarily to the point, where it will justify …