O2 launches video stock-market reports for smart phones

11 Nov 2008

NCB Stockbrokers has launched video, mail-based stock-market reports for O2’s 3G broadband and EDGE networks that will bring video messages to handsets such as the iPhone 3G, the XDA and the BlackBerry.

Zamano, an Irish-based provider of mobile services, is responsible for transmitting the video messages to participating clients’ mobile handsets.

NCB also today announced that it can now make available information on share prices quoted on the ISEQ, and also UK share prices, on O2 mobile handsets. NCB plans to extend the indices in the coming weeks.

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“In the context of the current volatility in stock markets across the world, access to information has become even more important,” James Dunne of NCB Stockbrokers explained.

NCB is currently issuing its stock-market video updates to participating clients on a weekly basis. The video link lasts, on average, approximately 60 seconds and provides recipients with a snapshot of the main developments across key markets.

“Time efficiency is an ever-increasing challenge for businesspeople, who now, more than ever, expect more from their mobile technology,” said Ronan Whelan, corporate sales and business services manager at O2.

“Handset quality has allowed mobile phones to receive rich 3G media content, and because the price point of high-end handsets is decreasing all the time, it means more people will have the option to access high-functionality mobile phones.”

“Under this new initiative, Zamano is able to transmit and deliver the rich 3G mobile content and interactivity via 3G video services using technologies such as SMS, MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) and IVR (Interactive Video Response),” explained John O’Shea, CEO of Zamano.

For information on Irish and UK share prices, go to http://m.ncb.ie on your mobile browser.

By John Kennedy

Pictured, from left: Ronan Whelan corporate sales and business services manager, O2;John O’Shea, CEO, Zamano; James Dunne, NCB Stockbrokers

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years