I wonder why these words haven’t come back to haunt Google. There is much speculation on the “Google Phone” pricing, but nobody has brought up this three year old quote:
Schmidt said on Saturday that as mobile phones become more like handheld computers and consumers spend as much as eight to 10 hours a day talking, texting and using the Web on these devices, advertising becomes a viable form of subsidy.
“Your mobile phone should be free,” Schmidt told Reuters. “It just makes sense that subsidies should increase” as advertising rises on mobile phones.
[via Reuters 11/11/2006]
Seeing that it’s Worlds AIDS day, I wanted to mention the new social networking site from the UNAIDS Commission – AIDSspace.org. This is a new initiative to increase the level of communication between the siloed agencies and programs around the world working to battle this pandemic.
I also want to mention that I was part of the team working on this site. It was a huge effort requiring 100+ hour work weeks, but in the end it was well worth it. I’m able to look at the site and be proud, and hope that it makes at least a small difference in the world.
The site was “soft” launched last month in Geneva and is now being ramped up for a larger, formal launch. If you are in this field of work, sign up on the site and get in touch with others.