January 30, 2008

Consequences of Opening Cellphone Networks? [5:11 pm]

And I’m sure it will be used as an excuse to inhibit the change: Porn to spice up cell phonespdf

Unlike in Europe, mobile porn has yet to take off in North America as carriers have been afraid of offending political and religious groups and parents concerned about children being exposed to adult content.

That may change this year as phone companies plan to loosen control on their networks to allow a wider variety of gadgets and services, while introducing new tools to shield minors. More advanced phones with better Web browsers like Apple Inc’s iPhone also offer higher quality pictures and video.

Note that there are copyright issues, too, of course:

Popular video-sharing site YouTube.com’s plan to expand to about 100 million advanced cell phones may help the cause, even if it means some ClubJenna content — which includes everything from glamour photographs of scantily clad models to hardcore videos — is seen for free on phones. ClubJenna was sold to Playboy Enterprises Inc in 2006.

“It’s a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s giving away content. … On the other hand, it’s expanding the brand,” said [ClubJenna's Jay] Grdina [sic], adding that ClubJenna needs a boost in the U.S. market, where it generates “pretty much zero” mobile revenue compared with “very healthy” revenue in Europe.

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