While so many people seem to think everyone is going to get a smartphone, like next week — news like this in the context of a continuing tough economy make me think that feature phones with month-to-month or prepaid plans are going to remain pretty damn popular for quite a while yet.
Heads up: On Jan. 28 I’ll be speaking on a panel at the 2011 Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Web conference, held at the Argonaut hotel in San Francisco. Here’s the session info:
Mobile apps: Yes, this is the year for you to launch your Ipad/Iphone/Droid app. Come hear about cheap ways to get your mobile app built, and possible ways to monetize quickly.
Panel: Joshua Errett (NOW), Amy Gahran (Contentious.com), Paul Wagner (Forkfly)
Well, actually there I’ll be representing Oakland Local, where I’ve been leading our mobile initiatives. And I’ll be making the case that for the vast majority of news/media outlets seeking to go mobile, and app is probably not where you want to start. It makes more sense to start with a mobile-friendly web site, and build out from that base.