So the Carnival's come to town and we're ready to shake our tail feathers; first off a big thanks to Terje Sørgjerd for allowing me use one of his splendid Rio carnival photos. And so, on with the show!
My post of the week is from Tomi Ahonen and queries why Vodafone are moving from their mobile-only direction towards a clumsy looking converged fixed-mobile approach, it's a thought provoking and incisive piece, are landlines just for old fogies?
You can read Tomi's thoughts here, and in a slight evolution of the carnival format we're encouraging readers and contributors to join in the discussion on this subject, either in the comments on Tomi's blog or here, or even better on your own blogs - to contribute to the carnival, follow these simple instructions. Carlo at MobHappy has already had a kick at this football, and I think there's plenty of scope for significant further coverage and analysis of this subject. Kudos to Xen for proposing this expanded direction for the carnival.
Darla and Justin at mopocket both question why their mobile phone bills contain a tax introduced in 1898 to finance the Spanish-American War, and point out that you can actually reclaim this tax - Darla's post and Justin's - I can only hope this sets a precedent and that UK income tax, introduced in 1798 and still only a temporary measure, gets the same treatment.
In the strange-but-true category Emily at picturephoning.com asks the surreal question, did Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr invent 3G? I double-checked my calendar and it's not April the First, fascinating stuff!
Back to sensibility and Dennis at wapreview provides a superb overview of the Japanese mobile market, whilst Scott Shaffer (the Pondering Primate) highlights Microsoft's latest mobile innovation, using the camera on your mobile phone as your mouse, Samuel Rose at Smart Mobs points out how mobile phone usage is transforming African life (who needs a $100 laptop?), and finally Daniel Taylor asks where are the "Big Box" vendors in the mobile enterprise?
Join up with the Carnival again next week over at Golden Swamp