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According to a March press release from KDDI Corporation, Japan’s second-largest cellular service, the company’s app-bundling program called “au Smart Pass” reached 10 million subscribers just two years after launching. For the basic au Smart Pass, subscribers pay ¥372 per month, or roughly $3.50 USD for unlimited use of more than 100 apps. This means that KDDI, now the county’s largest app bundler, is raking in a half billion per year from the app market.
This is significant because up until KDDI and its competitors introduced app-bundling, telecom providers were effectively cut out of the app ecosystem. Back in late 1990s and early 2000s –the days of the Nokia 6110, Motorola RAZR and games like Snake – telecom operators owned the distribution channel for all services and applications, which was appropriately labeled as their “walled garden”. When the Apple App Store launched in 2008, that monopoly ended. App developers, Apple and eventually Google both captured the market for extra services and applications. Through app-bundling, telecom providers finally get piece of the action back.
Considering that Sprint is owned by SoftBank, Japan’s third largest cellular provider and one of KDDI’s bundling competitors, it is no surprise that they are the first carrier in the U.S. market to offer an app-bundled subscription. In fact, App Pass is the first coordinated service launched together by Softbank and Sprint since the completion of their merger in July 2013. Although Sprint now has a lead on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, I suspect that App Pass may soon face stiff competition. Much the way that NTT DoCoMo launched their own app-bundled service about a year after KDDI, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile may try to launch similar services in the near future.
Awesome client testimonial for work done by research analyst Marci Haire! Great job!
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Congratulations to Justin Goodkind on his one year anniversary at Growthink! He's a great team player and always brings fresh ideas.
"Growthink has provided me with a tremendously rewarding opportunity to help entrepreneurs grow their business and succeed in their aspirations."- Justin Goodkind, 9/25/2014
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Aladdin is a Middle Eastern fast-food restaurant looking to open locations in Southern California and Amman, Jordan. Growthinkers provided value with market research, a business plan and financial model. Bassem Zraikat, Aladdin founder and CEO, wrote this note:
It was a great pleasure working with you and the Growthink team. You have been instrumental in making this possible and I truly appreciate all your efforts!
I hope we stay in touch and I will keep you informed of Aladdin's progress. It would be real nice to see this come alive and have you as Aladdin's guests.
Once again, thank you all for a job well done!
CEO & Founder of Aladdin "
All - today is Stacey's 5 year anniversary of starting work at Growthink! Stacey - thank you for all of your hard work and fantastic attitude - very much appreciated and looking forward to building on our work together in the months and years to come!!