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Giff Gfroerer, i2SMS

Tomi,

Very thought provoking. I have always seen the "Internet" as the "Internet", not one on mobile and one on the P.C., but ONE Internet. The vehicle that carried the "Internet", whether that be desktop, laptop, N96, iPhone, Blackberry, etc. would have limitations based on its specifications.

Similar to a vehicle. Trucks are good for transporting materials, vans are good for transporting more then one person, BMWs very good at going very fast, etc. Therefore, the vehicle you choose to access the "Internet" defines your browsing experience just as the vehicle you choose to travel in defines your comfort and experience while on the road... We make choices on our devices and vehicles. These dictate our experience.

As for the Blackberry, the current figures show us that RIM has just sold their 50 millionth device. Of those devices, 21 million are currently in use with active subscribers...

Regards,
Giff

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Tomi T Ahonen

Hi Giff and Sarah

Thank you for the comments. I'll respond to both individually

Giff - very good and we agree a lot on this. I like the analogy of cars and roads and often use that. But yes, with the internet, it is a difficult to really find a good analogy, as the internet is so many things it is not only a network to reach audiences, it is also a delivery channel to offer fulfillment of digital content, and it is a communication channel, etc. Its like a multi-purpose "roadway" that is simultaneously a highway, a railroad and an airport runway, perhaps... A difficult technology to really accurately pidgeon-hole into an analogy ha-ha..

There are further issues then comparing the internet to mobile, where we don't know users on the internet, but we do know every mobile phone subscriber at least by their phone number, always uniquely and accurately. And we can handle payments on mobile to every user (can't do that even via Paypal on the internet)

Sarah - thank you for the kind sentiments

Thank you both for writing

Tomi Ahonen :-)

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