[Mobile Monday Bangalore] [MoMoBangalore] Re: FW: MoMo Sept

Sunil Maheshwari
Fri Sep 29 12:42:12 IST 2006


Low cost handset is not just about bringing down the cost but at the same
time you need to add flexibility, more features at the same cost. India is
adding close to 40M subscriber every year and you can't fulfill that demand
just by second hand handsets.

Projection for sub 1000RS. phones for Indian market is around 150-180M
handset by 2008 and there is a very thin line between low cost and entry
level handset. Chipset vendors are already shipping GSM modules around 5$.

I know people are talking about downloadable local language fonts then why
can't we have embedded fonts in the device? Reliance has already done it for
their low cost LG/Samsung phones, so I do see feasibility here in
localization.

Regards,
Sunil

On 9/29/06, Vijay S Anand <vijaysanand2002 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> Just to add briefly to the topic:
>
> Indian languages and a way to effectively and easily input them on
> devices, has a potential for lot of research and enormous revenue. That
> said, the barrier and the amount of creative work, feedback and
> standardization efforts required are enormous. The point is quite simple:
> English has 26 alphabets. Tamil has some 200+ alphabets. How do you stick
> them all into the same keyboard structure, especially when there can be
> combinations and variations of letters as well. Same goes for most of the
> languages. Not in the mobile space alone, but in computing in general, the
> need for this is quite high.
>
> On the low cost handset front, I think the trumpet is a bit overblown
> here. Motorola has announced that they will be making handsets available at
> about 999 Rs. sometime this year. Can it get lower than that? Should it get
> lower than that?
>
> They say, close to 70% of indians, live in Rural india, and there is a
> mass focus being put on developing low cost handsets and in going after that
> market. What i am dont understand is that, as it is, people have managed to
> get phones, and the second hand market for phones has been quite in demand
> thanks to them, and plus they get much feature-rich handsets. The question
> that begs an answer is... is it really need it.
>
> That's my thought.
>
> Vijay
>
> *Sunil Maheshwari <maheshwari.sunil at gmail.com>* wrote:
>
>   We can also have discussion about Indian language support in the
> handsets at a lower cost. If we think about currently available solutions
> like T9, EziText, then they are on a higher side (they have royalty + one
> time payment).
>
> Mass market apps will become usable only if we communicate in the same
> language. Any idea or anyone doing work on local language font engine?
>
> Regards,
> Sunil
> Mango Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
>
>
> On 9/28/06, Thiyagarajan <thiyagarajan at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >    Sunil,    thanks for the suggestion. Discussion around low  end
> > mobile phone would be definitely interesting  My idea in the previous mail
> > was to just to list out an exhaustive range of topics. My knowledge is
> > limited to the area of smartphone related solutions thus the topics listed
> > are mostly limited to that space J
> >
> >     Infact there are lot more mobile network related topic which have'nt
> > been listed at all. Mahesh, Sujai, Rajiv do you want add more network
> > related topics in the list.
> >
> >      Sunil I will send out a mail to you separately and discuss with you
> > how/when can we have topic of discussion on MMI for low end devices in MoMo.
> >
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Rajan
> >
>
>
>
> --
> Regards,
> Sunil Maheshwari
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