Here's the list of the 10 best-selling phones (judged by accessory sales) as compiled by Krusell, our Swedish holster-maker friends. I will not comment further on the sense or nonsense of this information but reference what I said previously about it.
Blackberry Maker RIM launched a holding site ahead of the launch of its Blackberry App World (the equivalent to Apple's AppStore), and it had a little surprise in hand: billing appears to be handled via PayPal (the fine print does not need translation: "to be able to purchase applications from BlackBerry App World, a PayPal Account is required").
Industry body MEF had put out its top 10 predictions for the year a few weeks ago (inexplicably missed by me; well it was somewhere around Mobile World Congress, so probably at least excusable), which they gathered from their members and deep discussions around this. They believe that 2009 - recession and all - will be the year in which mobile entertainment (if you count everything in, apparently a $25bn industry) will start to deliver returns.
- The ‘iPhone effect' -Mobile applications have emerged as a new content category and the mobile internet will finally come of age
- Greater value and transparency for consumers will help sustain demand in 2009
- Some delay in the proliferation of mobile advertising
- Telcos begin to acts as enablers for the Entertainment industry with services such as billing, authentication and zero tariff data
- The emerging dominance of services that operate at a multi-platform level
- The rise of ring back tones
- Social networking becomes an important driver of mobile entertainment consumption
- 2009 will be the year that mobile video really takes off
- Emerging economies will become an increasingly important driver for mobile entertainment worldwide
- A proliferation of touch screen devices drives discoverability and content usage