Three cuts roaming charges


I think Three seems like a company that’s at least a little bit willing
to challenge the way things are done. In UK they’ve recently cut the
roaming charges to 10p when recieving and 19 when calling. This isn’t
really cheap, but it’s at least way below what most operators charge.

In some other mobile news from blognation they point at some more details around the Truphone court case that we’ve been talking about here at Rebtel. I think it’s interesting to see how Truphone is trying to see themselves as a mobile operator while the incumbents are desperate to have Truphone viewed as a fixed line operator – and thus be able to give them less for the transfer of calls.

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Cinnamon buns

So, to just spice this blog up a bit to not include ONLY social networking and rebtel stuff I’ll just add a recipe to cinnamon buns. Here you go!

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User generated ads – Facebook

So, CNET has now launched a way of advertising products on your facebook (well, gadgets that is). Basically this builds on the idea I’ve been discussing previously – that users are happy to promote products that they like at the same time as they’re basically putting ads for the products on their profiles. So – how will the “user generated ads” move forward next?

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More on VoIP clampdown


If you look at the previous post I made and the Rebtel blog I would say it’s not only in such countries such as Bangladesh, India and Pakistan that regulators are tough – even the US has it’s share of “old fat cats” want to keep their old revenue sources.

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Loosening control good for Rebtel & VoIP

A lot of domains are taken over by disruptive force controlled by networks of people rather than single entities and it’s just waiting to happen to the cellphone industry. In US the operators have control over who can send SMS on the network they even control who can route calls to them and use this power to block VoIP users.

However – it seems that the inevitable change to this is coming – Truphone has recently got a court order that T-Mobile has to stop blocking their calls… Seems like even the mammoths of telecom will need to budge.

I think this is typical to what any industry will have to face as the power moves from huge corporations to smaller startups, communities of users and products that doesn’t need as much anymore to be created and spread.

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Why me and Björn leaves the Rebtel office some days

Get away – unleash your ideas – go to the coffe shop, unleash your ideas

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Advertising stupidity

The relevance of online ads is something that has been discussed around the Facebook application forms in recent weeks. With the launch of Facebook flyers it’s now very easy to place “targeted” content towards certain campuses via FB – but is this actually making ads any more relevant?

I would say no – I think that the ads should be relevant to the viewer as well as the content (or profile page) they’re displayed next to. In any case – FB has a lot of data on me (as a viewer), on the profile/page I’m viewing as well as on my click habits – so USE this data!

But I guess this isn’t really unique – I get special offers for tampons every week even though I’m a single guy living by myself…

Some more opinions on this at GigaOM and from Robert Scoble. The original study of flyer click-through rate gave an abysmal 0,04%. All very good reads on this – so now the question is – how tobe visible on Facebook?

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