The Mobile Minute: Per-Second Billing in Zimbabwe, Twitter's Mobile Stats, the Seven Kinds of Mobile Donations for Non-Profits

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Sep 21, 2010

The Mobile Minute is back with the latest mobile news. McKesson Foundation's president is interviewed about its $1.5 million grant for m-health research, Zimbabwe begins to roll out per-second mobile billing, NTEN shows non-profits in the United States seven ways to incorporate mobile donations, Apple publishes its guidelines for submissions to the app store, and Twitter releases new figures about their mobile access numbers.

  • In order to learn more about the McKesson Foundation's recent $1.5 million grant initiative for mHealth research, Mobi Health News interviewed Carrie Varoquiers, the President of the McKesson Foundation. The interview covers the foundation's goals, and their reasons for focusing on m-health and research on the impact of mobiles in health.
  • In Zimbabwe, changes in telcom regulations now allow for per second billing. AudienceScapes reports that the new billing method will result in lower bills for consumers, as the older system charged per minute, but could negatively impact telecommunications companies as lower revenue might mean less money to put into buildng up the telecommunications network. 
  • Mobile Marketing Watch reported on some of Twitter's newest mobile stats: "...the company has seen a 62% rise in mobile users with 16% of all new users starting from a mobile application.  In total, 46% of active users make mobile a regular part of their Twitter experience."
  • NTEN broke down seven ways non-profits can earn money from mobile phones in the United States (and elsewhere) (text message donations, text to voice donations, text message warmers, mobile website donations, app sales, in-app sales, and sponsored apps), and then explained how to use each method.

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