Top mobile phones for teenagers

More and more children are getting mobile phones. According to the times half of British children aged 5 – 9 own a mobile phone.

Now it seems if you don’t have a mobile, you really do miss out.
You can’t call or text your friends. You can’t upload music to your phone, take pictures and then post them to facebook. So what type of phones do those kids get?

The most popular phone is the LGCookie
LG Cookie

The LG Cookie KP500 is available on pay as you go. It has a camera, multi media player so you can listen to your favourite songs and has a 3.2 cm touch screen. It is available from most high street stores.
carphone warehouse
Orange shop
Vodafone shop

The LG Cookie can be purchased from £59 pounds from Orange plus you get a 10 pounds top up. If you go to TMobile it costs 49.99 and you get £10 worth of credit.

Samsung Tocco Lite
The other popular phone for under 18s is the Samsung Tocco Lite. Unlike the LG Cookie, this is also available on pay monthly. The Samsung Tocco Lite can be purcahsed for £68.99 from T Mobile and includes £20 credit.

10 years of mobile phones

In a few more days we will be in the year 2010.

I thought this would be a good time to review and reflect how the last 10 years have changed for mobile phones.
Now more than 4o million of people have a mobile phone. According to the guardian 99% of teenagers own a mobile phone and these are normally pay as you go as they cannot afford the contract phones.

I remember when I got my first mobile phone, around this time 10 years ago. It was with BT cellnet and a bit of brick even by those standards then. Texting was very popular among me and my friends as calling was way too expensive. It is interesting to see this trend has continued where young people are texting more than calling. Of course now, they are also acessing the internet on their mobile devices, something 10 years ago was unheard of.

1999 – Nokia 3210
saw the release of the Nokia 3210 which was very popular.
3 Games came preinstalled, the most famous was Snake. It was also the first mobile phones to feature an internal antenna. A big improvement from the other mobile phones which had a large and unsightly antenna. Picture messages was also on the handset. One of the most recognised was the Happy Birthday message. I remember sending many of them.
Most of my friends (under 25 years old) had the Nokia 3210, it was a good price across the major mobile phone operators.

Nokia 3210

The Nokia 3310 was the successor of the 3210 and was even more popular. More than 126 million handsets were sold. This mobile phone also had interchangeable casings, allowing people to personalise their own handsets.

Nokia 3310

The smartphone BlackBerry was released. It supported push e-mail, mobile telephone, text messaging, Internet faxing, Web browsing and other wireless information services.

Blackberry 5810

Motorola RAZR V3
One of the most famous phones of 2004, partly due to the advertisements featuring David Beckham and also because it was the thinnest phone available, 13.9 mm thick.

The keyboard had revolutionary precision-cut design, with the numerals chemically-etched to keep the pad flat. In the dark, the whole keypad lite up with a blue glow.

Motorola Razr

Nokia N95

This handset was revolutionary for its time. It was truly a mulit media device, had all the latest gadgets on it, including a top camear and music player. There was a waiting list to get the N95 and was available first on T Mobile.
Nokia N95

Nokia N95 image source

The iPhone

Revolutionised mobile phones as we know today. The iPhone launched June 27th, 2007 was the ultimate phone to have, great internet access, touch screen phone, music player, you just had to have an O2 contract. The iPhone started the mobile internet era as mobile search for Google took off (which was the default search engine on the device) and mobile apps became popular.


Android G1

The first Android phone launched in October in the US and UK. In the UK it was available on just the T mobile network on contracts from 40 pounds a month.

Google Android phone

Mobile phones for Christmas

What did you get for Christmas? I am sure some of you would have received a new mobile phone. You will be happy to have got a lovely new phone but what if it is the wrong one? Well here is some advice for those that find themselves in the situation:

1. If it is a contract phone, unfortunately you will not be able to return it. Only if the mobile phone is faulty will you be able to do so. The contract lasts for 12 or 18 months, whichever length was signed for. You can go back to the shop and speak to someone about your query of course but you cannot be guaranteed to get a refund or change the mobile phone.

2. If it is a pay as you go phone and you have not opened the packaging or inserted your SIM card, then you should be able to discuss the possibilities with the retailer.

3. If you are unable to return the phone, you could always give it away – a charitable thing to do. There are many places where you can donate to-
Mazuma mobile - recycle your old mobile phone

Orange app store

It was only a matter of time before more network operators jumped on the app bandwagon and Orange is no exception. They will launch an app store in three weeks time. Called “The App Shop”, it will have more than 5000 apps, games and ringtones to download which will only show on compatible handsets. Very clever indeed, so you don’t have to waste time searching for apps that will not work on your mobile phone. Some will apps will be free, others will have to be purchased but will simply be added to the customers bill – no need to register separately. This makes it very easy to download as many applications through the Orange website as the customer wants.

Orange launches the App Store

The Nokia 6700 and the Sony Ericsson W995 will be the first mobile phones to be preloaded with the App Shop and will be available in January. As the year progresses, the list of handsets will increase to include Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and RIM handsets. The app shop will be available to around 1 million customers in the UK and France.

Orange does plan to make the App Shop avaialable to other countries including Spain, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Slovakia, Belgium, Austria, Moldova and Portugal with local content. The apps will be compatible with different operating systems. It will be interesting to see how Orange’s App shop performs in this highly competitive market

Real time search

This week saw the launch of real time search by Google.
But what exactly is it?

According to Google Fellow Amit Singhal “Google Real Time search is Google’s relevance technology meeting the real-time web. There is so much information being generated that relevance is the key to any product, and that’s where Google comes in.” This means when you type in ”

How does this affect SEO? Well if there are results dynamically generated in the SERPs, then the organic results will not appear as often. Therefore website owners have to work even harder to make sure their site appears in the SERPs.
1. Content is king – use keywords in the title, on page copy, on your social networking sites. Then when someone is searching they can find the content in the real time search results as and why they are created.

2. Make sure it is topical. So write about current events, events that will be in the news, that people will be looking for. This post is current with what is happening in search and should be picked up. If someone posts a comment on your blog, make sure you respond and have conversations with your followers.

I will be adding more information about real time search, in the meatime, have a read from webpronews

iPhone price war

Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer just increased their product offering to include the iPhone.
It will be available, in time for Christmas on the shelves from this Monday. They are offering just a one year contract for the iPhone 3G, which is six months less than with O2 and Orange.

Those looking for the shorter term contract can get the iPhone 8GB 3G for a one off cost of £222 plus £60 a month. This also includes £60 of flexible credit to spend as they choose.

Those who want a free iPhone 3GS 16GB can get one when they sign a 24-month contract for £60 a month and will receive unlimited calls, texts and browsing.

Tesco Mobile is a joint venture between O2 and Tesco and they also offer iPhone 3G and 3GS on its Triple Credit Pay As You Go price plan. All Tesco Mobile iPhone customers will have at least 12 months free unlimited data and access to the BT OpenZone Wi-Fi (UK).

Customers can sign up to these new phone deals in the Tesco Phone Shops and Tesco Direct website.

Tesco already well known for its price wars, has certainly opened up another one with the iPhone. I wonder what Vodafone will launch with in the New Year. They are keeping everything under wraps.

Tesco sparks iPhone price war with £20 a month contract

Mobile World Congress Barcelona

If you want to be ahead of the game and know what mobiles are coming out and what will be the latest technology to hit the market place, book yourself a ticket for the Mobile World Congress

It will be in Barcelona again and from Feb 15 – Feb 18th next year. So book yourself a ticket for the four days, it is not to be missed. That is of course, if you can afford the price tag. Like most events, it is rather pricey from 2,099 euros for a silver pass.

Last conference saw the preview of the Sony Ericsson’s first 12 mp camera mobile phone which came out in the UK in October. There was the launch of Vodafone’s HTC Magic, Palm PRe, INQ’s INQ1 and Windows Mobile 6.5 launch, all handsets that were then released later this year.

This is the place to be at, if you want to know what mobile phones will be coming out in 2010. Drop me a line and let me know if you are going.

Mobile App meet up

Those in seo and mobile seo may know of an event called I am a newbie to the meetup group and have really enjoyed it. I have been to the London Bloggers meet up on two occasions and it was a great set up.

Yesterday, I went to App Jam which was the first meet up and if this one is anything to go by, I will certainly be going to the others. App Jam was set up by Tania and Laurence Adermi and they organised a whole host of entrepreneurs and developers to talk about their apps.

One of the speakers was Remco van den Elzen who founded Distimo and talked about his experience with apps.
What I found interesting about Distimo is that if offers a free analytics tool called Distimo Monitor which they use to monitor their own apps and those of apps in stores.

There was also a panel where there was a discussion on the subject “To App or not to app”. Apps appear to be the way forward despite the fact that not every phone is a smart phone. This was a good topic to discuss as I mentioned in my last post, mobile app or mobile site people are divided between making their website seo friendly and building an app. An app is more expensive and if you do not have the resources, make sure your site is visible on a mobile browser, but the conclusion was that Apps are the future for companies that want visibility on handsets.

No one mentioned anything about mobile seo which I was surprised about. Perhaps they do not think it is as important as mobile apps. Or maybe mobile apps is seo? However there are more app meet ups to come and this topic will be explored further.

Here is an overview of the topics discussed at the meet up:

40 AppJam: App developer demo include
Name: Marko Balabanovic
App: Topsee – compiled by an all-star cast of London bloggers, the real experts on the latest greatest places to go and things to see, the top foodie finds, cool bars, shopping spots and quirky sights.

Name: Morgan Davies
Company: Sauce Digital
App: Flick Football 3D – a unique gesture based football game – played in first person

Name: Michael Breidenbruecker
Company: Reality Jockey
App: RjDj – ses the power of the new generation personal music players like iPhone and iPod Touch to create mind blowing hearing sensations.

Name: Doug Chrisholm
Company: Rippill
App: Rippill – iPhone and mobile apps which utilise social and location-based features

Name: Neil Stanley
Company: Almex
App: iHi – iHi breaks the ice in any situation with eye catching electronic speech bubbles.

Name: Kavin Bharti Mittal & Namit Chandha
Company: Kodu
App: Movies Now – Movies Now! makes it easy to find cinemas near you and check showtimes. You can browse the latest movies and watch high quality trailers on the go.

Mobile app or Mobile site?

As the growth of the smartphone market continues, more people are now accessing the web on their mobile phones. This has started people asking the question “Should I make my website mobile friendly? and if so,
“What does this involve?”

Mobile seo is the practice of improving a website’s visibility on the mobile phone. It is search engine optimisation on the mobile client.

There are two schools of thought how to make your site mobile seo friendly.

1. Build a mobile site
Some argue you should have a completely different mobile site with a different domain, eg .mobi instead of .com at the end. However, this can be costly and it is harder for people to remember the different URLs. It also removes the risk of creating duplicate content.
Some mobiles such as the iPhone and Blackberry Storm load images the same way as desktop pcs do and so can handle large images so some argue you do not need to have a mobile site.

Traditional SEO methods are valid for “mobile SEO” as mentioned in my previous post How do I start mobile seo There are a couple more steps to make sure the site is mobile friendly.:

* Submit the site to mobile search engines.
* Create dynamic mobile pages by combining your website’s content database with user agent detection. This will avoid the need to transcode pages on the fly as this is very complicated.
* Search results from your mobile you will see nearly the same search results as from a desktop PC. I have tried this and it was true. What does this mean? Google mobile search doesn’t list mobile sites preferentially.

2. Create a mobile app for the site
The other argument is that there are so many different smart phones in the market place and they all have a different browser experience. Therefore it is very difficult to make a mobile site to fit each of the different browsers. It would mean simply testing against all handsets, a very costly job. The solution is to make a mobile application that users can download. The developers create an app and it is handset agnostic, so every mobile phone will treat the application in the same way and the user gets the same rich experience.

Let me know what you have experienced and what you have found works best for you. Mobile seo is still new and developing so the more information about it, the better.

What is on page optimisation?

On page optimisation is one of the first steps in seo and looks at all the elements on the web page that can be used to improve a website’s rankings in the Search engine result pages (SERPs).

On page optimisation looks at the following elements of a page
Title tag
Meta description tag
Meta keywords
alt tags
H1, H2, H3 tags
Internal links
URL structure
Keywords within the content of the page

Before any of this, you have to choose the keywords or keyword phrases for the website. These keywords will be in the URL, the title, meta tags, H1,2,3 tags and alt tags as well as in the body text. You need to be aware of keyword stuffing which is the over use of key terms. To avoid this, you should aim to have a keyword density of 2 – 4% ( or 2 to 4 times per 100 words). This is the number of times the keyterm appears on a webpage (in the code and on the page).

1. Title tag
This is one of the most important elements of on page optimisation and should contain the keywords for that webpage. The keywords should be at the front part of the title tag with branding at the end.
For example on this page the title is:
On page optimisation | seo tips | seojoblogs
The key term I am optimising for is “on page optimisation”

2. Meta description
This is the information that appears in SERPs. It needs to be compelling to encourage those people to click on and visit your site.

3. Meta keywords
These are not as important due to the fact that black hat seo gurus took part in “keyword stuffing” and are not seen as important by Google.

4. Alt tags
Images need to be optimised so that they can be ready by search engines. Spiders only read text. The alt tag should contain text that describes the image and should be short but concise. eg “Nokia 6700 mobile phone.jpg” instead of “DSC344550.jpg”
The image title appears as a tool tip when a user moves the mouse over the image.

5. H1, H2, H3 tags

The H1 tag is the most important of all the H tags on the page. It should contain the keywords for the webpage as it is the headline for that page.
The H2 and H3 tags are the subsections and less important. The Htags are not as important in SEO as once thought according to seomoz but it is still good practice to implment.

6. Internal links
Linking between the different pages of the website with footer links on all pages will improve the visibility of the website for the search engine spiders and the visitors.

7. URL structure
It is important to keep the URL short and optimised with keywords.

Once you have optimised your webpage, you will then need to begin off page optimisation – which includes getting links to your site, optimising press releases and submitting your site to directories. It takes time, but I would strongly suggest looking at the on page optimistion elements first.