Carnival of the Mobilists 130 is here

Another huge week in Mobile – Nokia acquires Symbian, Virgin buys Helio and I still haven’t got a Nokia E71 (my hints to Nokia are clearly not obvious enough…).

This is my second turn at hosting Carnival of the Mobilists (having previously hosted Carnival 115), and if you haven’t visited since then, you will notice we’ve had a complete makeover and now have a new name – London Calling. The name has a lot to do with the fact we’re coming to you from London where Wimbledon is in full swing, and where again we review the best of the bloggers commenting on all things mobile.

My Post of the week goes to Michael Mace from Mobile Opportunity who suggests that the recent Nokia Foundation changes everything and nothing.  Will it hurt or help Nokia?

Thomas Ho provides us a reality check on mobility and explains why he doesn’t have an iPhone (are there any of us still left?)

SmartMobs talks about the upcoming Mobile 2.0 conference to be held in Barcelona.  Organised  by last week’s Carnival host Rudy de Waele, Mobile 2.0 will held on July 4th and brings together experts and thought leaders from all aspects of the mobile ecosystem, including startups, investors, mobile carriers, device manufacturers, and mobile application developers and web technologists.

Over on Rudy’s blog m-trends, he looks at the recent announcement from Blyk that they will be expanding into Germany, Spain and Belgium in 2009.  Rudy’s daughters will be in the Blyk target age range next year so he has a personal interest in keeping the family call costs down.

Vanessa Measom reports from VisionMobile, where Research Director Andreas Constantinou distils the ramifications of the Symbian Foundation announcement as Nokia celebrates Symbian’s 10 year anniversary with their acquisition and a royalty-free, open source roadmap for S60.

Kurt Pankau is still ROFTL (Rolling On the Floor Laughing) about how the language of text messages is ever-evolving and is beginning to affecting our culture.

Sachendra Yadav argues in his post that mobile is quickly becoming a lifestyle assistant – do you agree?

Ajit Jaokar compares apples with oranges and symbian and iphone and gets a mobile fruit salad. He looks at the difference between an operating system and an ecosystem.

Peggy Salz from msearchgroove, where I write an occasional guest column is just back from Brussels and a great panel on mobile search and advertising and gives us an excellent summary of her personal experiences from people she met at the conference including Jonathan MacDonaldfrom Ogilvyone – who was most recently at Blyk.

And if you sniff around the site here at London Calling, you will read my recent post on Twitter – and discover if it is a serious business tool, or just a complete waste of time.

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Next week the carnival will come to you live from mjelly, and as always YOU can contribute to what makes the news here by sending the URL of your latest post to mobilists AT gmail.com before next Thursday.

If you are into mobile and in London this week – why not come to our first Eat’n’tweet lunch on Thursday at 1pm.

Have a great week in wireless.

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