The Mobile Minute: Radio and Awesome Mobile Metrics, Email via SMS in the Philippines, and the Decline of the US Landline

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Aug 23, 2010

The Mobile Minute is here to keep you up-to-date on mobile and ICT news. Today's Mobile Minute covers National Public Radio's (NPR) metrics in America, why FM radio could be coming to your mobile handset, the decline of landline phones in the US, a program that delivers email over SMS in the Philippines, and why advertisers should use mobile marketing in developing countries.

  • The Performance Rights Act is still idling in Congress in America, but as the National Association of Broadcasters and artists and record labels try to come to an agreement on how much (if at all) radio stations should pay for the right to broadcast music, mobile phones have come into the debate. Reports Ars Technica, "As part of that deal, radio would see FM receivers mandated in every cell phone, further expanding radio's market [...]. The two sides would then seek to have Congress write the deal into law."
  • Two Philippines companies, Synchronica and Smart Communications, recently announced the release of GoMail – a program that allows emails to be delivered to all phones (even non-smartphone and non-feature phones). The program works by degrading the email content based on the recipient's phone – smartphones will receive an email, feature phones will receive an MMS, and basic phones will receive the email as an SMS. 


[Mobile Minute Disclaimer: The Mobile Minute is a quick round-up of interesting stories that have come across our RSS and Twitter feeds to keep you informed of the rapid pace of innovation. Read them and enjoy them, but know that we have not deeply investigated these news items. For more in-depth information about the ever-growing field of mobile tech for social change, check out our blog posts, white papers and research, how-tos, and case studies.]

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