A few nice sms text marketing images I found:

Moto Q9h
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Company phone it seems… chaining me to my Outlook email. At least I’m allowed to make personal calls! And, maybe even flickr from the phone 🙂

First impressions in the box are good. It looks quite ok despite having a large ugly keyboard. It is definitely a Motorola. It comes with a charging dock with a spare charging slot for a second battery. Is that a hint to it’s short standby time, so typical of WM devices? Still, it reminded me of my first mobile phone, a Motorola MicroTAC I-888 that we got for from Crazy John, who sadly passed away yesterday.

I turn it on to be greeted by Windows Mobile 6, and it’s all downhill from there!

Then I read Gizmodo’s mini Moto Q9m review…
I just got my hands on the first Moto Q9m, and after a couple of hours, I’m ready to send it right back. Seriously, if you buy this phone, you are dumb.
… and I agree. Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone Edition sucks! At least I get a 512MB microSD with it. Full specs below.

Moto Q9h in box
Moto Q9h
Holmesglen Station – taken with Moto Q9h

Moto Q9h specifications:
Motorola Q 9h
Full Specifications
See what’s waiting for you inside your MOTO Q 9h.

All the features you need for mobile freedom and productivity packed into an ultra-thin smartphone.
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Fun Features

* Integrated 2.0 megapixel camera
* Windows Media® Player Mobile
* Video capture with sound and playback
* Dual stereo-quality speakers
* Supports most popular audio and video formats
* Removable microSD™ cards for extendable storage of documents, photos, music and video
* 256MB of built in memory7
* Send photos, video clips, text and sound1
* Browse the web with HSDPA 3.6 Mbps and Opera (HTML)1
* 30 fps Video playback

Call Management Features

* Call contacts or open applications with advanced speech recognition
* Built in hands free speakerphone
* Time and Date Stamp
* Photo-caller ID1
* Virtually unlimited address book (dependent on available memory)

Messaging Features1

* View or Edit (Microsoft Word™, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft® Excel™ files) [feature depends on operator and configuration]*
* View .PDF files*
* Unzip zip archives and email attachments*
* Manage personal information with Outlook Mobile (Inbox, Contacts, Calendar and Tasks)
* Supports multiple email (inboxes): POP3/IMAP4 and Microsoft Exchange
* Multimedia Messaging (MMS)*
* Group SMS *
* IM*

* Network and software dependent features may not be available into markets/carriers.

Lifestyle Features

* Windows Media Player Mobile
* Photo-caller ID
* 2-Mega pixel camera with digital zoom
* Calculator
* Alarm Clock
* Outlook Mobile
* Ambient light sensors to adjust backlight automatically

Performance Features

* Bands: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; UMTS 2100
* Standard Battery: 1100 mAh Lithium Ion
* Bluetooth: wireless technology supports Bluetooth Headset/Hands-free and Stereo Profiles8
* Synchronization: ActiveSync® with Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack2, and Windows Mobile Device Center
* Motorola MicroUSB connector

Data Features

* GPRS/EDGE Class 12
* HSDPA 3.6Mbps
* Memory (FLASH/RAM): 256MB / 96MB7
* Removable Memory: Micro SD up to 4GB

Technical Specifications

* Weight : 132g
* Volume : 85 cc
* Dimensions (H x W x D) : 118×66.7×11.8mm
* Display : 2.4" 320×240 65K TFT
* Colour : Black
* Form Factor : Tablet

NOTE: Certain mobile phone features are dependent on the capabilities and settings of your service provider’s network. Additionally, certain features may not be activated by your service provider, and/or their network settings may limit the feature’s functionality. Always contact your service provider about feature availability and functionality. All features, functionality and other product specifications are based upon the latest available information and are believed to be accurate; however such product specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

1 Network dependent feature, not available in all areas. Wireless email functionality requires an email account with wireless server capabilities. Airtime, data charges, and/or additional charges may apply.

2 All talk and standby times are quoted in Digital Mode, and are approximate. Battery performance depends on network configuration, signal strength, operating temperature, features selected, and voice, data and other application usage patterns.

3 The use of wireless phones and/or headphones while engaged in activities requiring concentration may cause distraction or otherwise impair your ability to safely participate in such activities. Always use technology safely.

4 Operates in many major cities and countries where GSM network coverage and roaming agreements are present.

6 Data transmission speed is approximate and depends on the traffic on the network. Actual speeds will vary, and are often less than the maximum possible.

7 Available user memory varies due to the configuration of the phone, which varies by service provider.

8 This device supports Bluetooth profiles. In order for Bluetooth devices to communicate with one another, they must utilize the same Bluetooth profile. To determine the profiles supported by other Motorola devices, visit www.hellomoto.com/bluetooth. For other devices, contact their respective manufacturer.

Certain Bluetooth features including those listed may not be supported by all compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices, and/or the functionality of such features may be limited in certain devices, or by certain wireless carriers. Contact your wireless carrier about feature availability and functionality.

9 The unauthorized copying of copyrighted materials is contrary to the provisions of the Copyright Laws of the United States and other countries. This device is intended solely for copying non-copyrighted materials, materials in which you own the copyright, or materials which you are authorized or legally permitted to copy. If you are uncertain about your right to copy any material, please contact your legal advisor.

Fancast System built for FX by Big in Japan
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The Big in Japan team has partnered with Rupert Murdoch’s FX Networks (owned by News Corporation) to build a customized platform based on the highly popular PodServe podcast system. The system combines a highly scableable ruby on rails application with a VoIP based phone system capable of handling more than 30,000 telephone connections.
This summer we began working with the producers of Nip/Tuck, the Golden Globe winning drama, on their community interaction efforts. The program is cables’ top-rates series with adults 18-49 with more than 2.6 million viewers. The first program consists of two fan generated podcasts. The first is titled the Nip/Tuck Fan Question Podcast. Where viewers can interview each member of the cast or crew. Each week five of the best questions are answered by the appropriate cast or crew member and then the content is posted to the system. The second is titled the Nip/Tuck Fan Comments Podcast. Each week the IVR system will prompt viewers to comment on various topics about the show.
The system consists of a white label version of PodServe using multiple load balanced DELL Poweredge servers to consume and organize recordings generated from Podcall using one or more Dell Poweredge servers running in series to generate dialtone, outbound calls, covert .wav and compress into .mp3 ready for iTunes. The tightly integrated system is known as the Fancast system. The servers are located in our state-of-the-art data center and network operations center. During programming our technicians watch the program on one screen, server and call statistics on another and errors on a thrid.
Starting this week FX will begin to promote the launch of the system using television advertising . Here is a screen shot of the section with the Fancast system, Kimber is waiting for your question, what are you waiting for? Call her!

Will it work? According to Arbitron/Edison Media Research more than 27 million Americans have listened to a podcast, half of whom are under 35 years old. Using the Fancast system, Nip/Tuck’s producers can empower their own community of 2.6 million viewers to deliver content via iTunes to more than 30 million iPod listeners. Converting just 2% of those iTunes users might deilver 600,000 viewers to the program. Additionally, FX has the option of inserting advertising into the consumer generated content as they moderate and process it allowing for additional marketing channels for their advertisers.
The Fancast system combining PodServe and Podcall into a single platform allows users to easily create recordings for inclusion within hosted podcasts. Podcall is a multiprotocol PBX on Linux that provides all of the features you would expect from a high-end PBX and more. Podcall supports voice over IP in many protocols, and interoperates with all standards-based telephone equipment. Podcall can serve as a gateway to PodServe for inbound, outbound telephone lins (POTs or IAX) as well as conference bridges. Features include: Automated Attendant, Blacklists, Call Detail Records, Call Forward on Busy, Call Forward on No Answer, Call Forward Variable, Call Monitoring, Call Recording, Call Retrieval, Conference Bridging, Fax Transmit and Receive, Interactive Voice Response, Predictive Dialer, Route by Caller ID, SMS Messaging, Spell / Say, Talk Detection, Text-to-Speech, Graphical Call Manager, Outbound Call Spooling, and TCP/IP Management Interface.