Mobile applications – find what’s banned / blocked .. And then seek to mobilise it ..

This comes out of a discussion at a conference last week .. It may seem obvious – but I think it is often overlooked ..

With mobile applications, the exception is the rule .. I.e. what is ‘blocked’ normally thrives as a mobile application ..

For instance:

Bluetooth dating in the Middle East(elsewhere in the world, there are fewer restrictions to dating – hence dating via Bluetooth is not that popular –except in the Middle East)

I don’t have statistics for this, but apparently facebook has a high uptake on mobile because it is banned in most offices

Mcommerce has taken off in Africa – where traditional banking still lacks in remote areas

Again, not statistics, but I believe that recruitment sites and applications have shown an uptake on mobile devices in the UK – because people don’t want to be seen browsing them at work

So, for a successful mobile application, find out what is banned .. And then see if Mobile applications can solve the problem ..

Thoughts? What else can we think of?


  1. Pravin says:

    Thats really a brilliant idea! Especially everything which is generally banned in offices will work great on mobile devices, this is getting connected to “personal” aspect of mobile devices. Social n/w like Orkut are still question mark, but job sites can be good candidates for targetting working population!
    Thanks for sharing this information!
    Pravin Tamkhane

  2. Sin Jin says:

    so maybe we should promote cheating at schools?? your argument is ridunkulous…
    lets focus on creating value for our consumers in a positive way. anybody can make a cheap buck licentiously…it takes a clever person to make money by doing good

  3. Babar Bhatti says:

    You are on to something interesting. I’ve observed the same thing: certain services/alerts are valuable in real time i.e on mobiles. I’d like to get an alert from my mechanic when my car is ready!