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Mobile Internet For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-23953-7
296 pages
July 2008
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You’re on the go all the time — maybe for business, maybe because it’s a byproduct of your busy lifestyle. But either way, your life would be easier if you had Internet access wherever you are.

Well, when it comes to the Internet, you CAN take it with you! You just need the right stuff, and Mobile Internet For Dummies tells you what that is, how to find it, and how to use it. This easy-to-follow guide is packed with tips on choosing the best mobile device, software, and service provider for your needs, but that’s not all. You’ll see how to use your mobile Web browser, find made-for-mobile content (and create your own) and much more.

Mobile Internet For Dummies explains how the Mobile Internet differs from the garden-variety Internet, and shows you how to:

  • Find your mobile phone browser
  • Use the Mobile Internet to surf, shop, blog, watch movies, and more — on the go
  • Send and receive e-mail from your mobile device
  • Locate other mobile applications
  • Watch TV on your mobile phone
  • Manage your kids’ access to the Mobile Internet
  • Secure and name a mobile Internet site and acquire mobile Web development tools
  • Build your own made-for-mobile Web site
  • Use your Mobile Internet site to promote your business and generate revenue

With the help of Mobile Internet For Dummies, you’ll be able to stay connected wherever you happen to be, and maybe even make it pay off with a bit of income.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Welcome to the Mobile Internet.

Chapter 1: What Is the Mobile Internet?

Chapter 2: The Mobile Internet at School, at Work, and at Play.

Chapter 3: Kids and the Mobile Internet.

Part II: Mobile Internet, Here It Is — Now What?!

Chapter 4: The Internet in Your Pocket: Choosing a Phone and Mobile Browser.

Chapter 5: Getting On the Mobile Internet: Wireless Carriers and Service Plans.

Part III: Mobile Internet Mania for the Everyday Consumer.

Chapter 6: Trading Text and Picture Messages.

Chapter 7: Browsing the Web from the Palm of Your Hand.

Chapter 8: Mobile Search: Find What You Want, When You Want It.

Chapter 9: Multimedia Entertainment for Your Phone.

Chapter 10: Keep Me Posted: E-Mail and Instant Messaging Go Mobile.

Chapter 11: Let’s Make a Mobile Deal: Shopping and Coupons.

Chapter 12: Mobile Access to Your Money.

Part IV: I Want My Own Mobile Internet Space.

Chapter 13: Staking Your Claim in the Mobile Internet World.

Chapter 14: Creating Content, Social Networking and Blogging from Your Mobile Phone.

Chapter 15: Building and Developing Mobile Web Sites.

Chapter 16: Making Money on the Mobile Internet.

Chapter 17: A Mobile Internet Web Development Resource Guide.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Fun Things You Can Do On the Mobile Internet.

Chapter 19: Ten Things to Avoid.

Chapter 20: Ten Frequently Asked Questions.



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Author Information

Michael J. O’Farrell started his mobile Internet career in the early 1990s, by pioneering the development of text messaging, mobile-phone-based applications, and the mobile Web to reach mass market audiences globally. In addition to consulting companies on how to capitalize on the power of the mobile Internet, he is vice chairman of ooober and chair of the dotMobi Advisory Group. Michael wrote this book to help his friends, family, wife, and two children in Toronto better understand his addiction to all things mobile.

John R. Levine wrote his first program in 1967 on an IBM 1130 (a computer somewhat less powerful than your typical modern digital wristwatch, only more difficult to use). Although John used to spend most of his time writing software, now he mostly writes books (including Internet For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.) because it’s more fun and he can do so at home in the tiny village of Trumansburg, New York, where in his spare time he was the mayor for several years.

Jostein Algroy is senior advisor for the government of Ontario, Canada. He has been active in the mobile space for more than 15 years as an international consumer market strategist and published journalist. Jostein has taught international business, strategy, new product development, and design at Copenhagen Business School. He also works with photography, having achieved awards and recognition for his art, and looks forward to the day when mobile phones are equipped with high-quality, 8-megapixel cameras.

James Pearce is the chief technology officer at dotMobi. He has the mobile Web in his veins, having worked previously at Argogroup and AnywhereYouGo and as the founder of the “old school” mobile blog WAPtastic. Variously a management consultant, a teacher, an orienteer, and an Oxford University physicist by training, James has declared every year since 1997 to be the Year of the Mobile Web. For the sake of his wife and two children, with whom he lives happily in Dublin, we hope he’s finally right.

Daniel Appelquist is an American expatriate and a dot-com refugee living in London, England, where he works as a technology strategist for Vodafone, a company he represents in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), where he chairs the Mobile Web Best Practices working group. He is an evangelist for mobile Web topics, a published author, a frequent speaker, and a co-founder of Mobile Monday London and the Mobile 2.0 conferences. You can usually catch Dan mobile blogging while hanging out with his wife and two kids.

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