Data now 85% of mobile traffic but 39% of revenue: What gives?

The vast majority of traffic on mobile operators’ networks is now pure data, but the lion’s share of operators’ revenue comes from voice. Meanwhile even the big data-subscription fees operators are collecting aren’t making up for the decline in voice revenues.

Seeking profits, mobile operators get social and personal

Two new product offerings are trying to make you love your mobile carrier with a Facebook app and a product that allows carriers to personalize a pricing plan just for you. Will Facebook and customized pricing plans be enough to ensure loyalty and generate higher revenue?

App Developer Diary Part 4: The Hidden Cost of iPhone Apps

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Going behind-the-scenes of a real iPhone app’s development, the latest installment takes a candid look at the economics of the App Store.

In my previous entry for the App Developer Diary, I was lost behind a mountain of paper-work. Since then, the rapidly growing mountain of tasks hasn’t changed too much — I’m still working on the game design document and concept artwork, but an array of new tasks have also joined the list.
The game I’m developing with Pear Computers is being created in our spare time. As such, we’re not keeping any records as to how long we’re spending on a given task. We’re working evenings and weekends, any random available hour, to push the project forward.
Although some smaller developers may work in this manner, this isn’t the way it would work at a big studio. A larger studio needs to know how much money they’re investing in an app’s development, ensuring that they’re staying on-budget and able to accurately calculate how much profit will be generated.
As we’re not keeping any official record, without running through e-mails and diary entries, we’re unable to accurately quantify the cost of development. So instead of generating a hasty approximation for the benefit of this diary’s readers, I spoke to Mills, founder of mobile content studio UsTwo, to tell me about the hidden costs of developing for iPhone. Read More about App Developer Diary Part 4: The Hidden Cost of iPhone Apps

Apple and RIM Share Small but Lucrative Piece of Cell Phone Pie

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Apple (s aapl) commands a relatively paltry share of the worldwide cell phone market, despite the success of their iPhone. That’s because, regardless of appearances, the field is overwhelmingly dominated by regular old dumbphones, which still outsell smartphones by a wide margin. In fact, Apple and RIM (s rimm) still only command three percent of global cell phone sales taken together, with all smartphones only accounting for only 13 percent of mobile phones worldwide.

The secret to the success of both RIM and BlackBerry? That tiny three percent market share accounts for 35 percent of the world cell phone industry’s profits. For the sake of comparison, consider that Nokia, the largest mobile phone maker in the world, made 46 percent of cell phones last year, and reaped only 55 percent of the profits. All of this is according to Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff, recently featured in the Wall Street Journal (subscriber content). Read More about Apple and RIM Share Small but Lucrative Piece of Cell Phone Pie