Telenor Launches Comics on DJuice – now get your dilbert in your pocket

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Telenor’s Djuice seems to be finding its focus now — they have announced a partnership with ROK (the company that let them offer
Mobile TV) to now deliver comics to djuice customers through a
subscription service. While being announced under the DJuice brand, this service should be available for all Telenor customers.

No word on which comic strips will be offered, but it should be safe to assume that Garfield will be one of them.

What is known is that the service will be available as a WAP-based system similar to MobileTV. While that might have made sense for streaming TV services, I personally think it would be great if we could simply register for some comics and have them delivered over MMS to the phone (maybe that’s already there, we’ll see).

No word on pricing either — per-comic-strip-per-month would be a reasonable structure.

I could pay Rs50-100 / month for dilbert comic updates in my pocket. Especially if they let me time those comics so that I can receive them right in the middle of the weekly progress meeting — that is when I need to just laugh off reality the most.

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  • I have used the service and would like to contribute some details regarding the service

    Everyday you get a WAP push for the day’s comic strips. The website lists the days’s latest comics and you can also browse through the archived comics.

    The price of the subscription is Rs 50 per month which i dont mind as long as the content is good.

  • 50-100 ruppees a month? Are you kidding me? I get free dilbert in my email everyday from scott adam’s official syndicator. charging 1-2 dollar for just medium conversion is stupidly expensive, absurd and practically no service value. I can check my email on my java enabled cellphone (gmail app) and view the strips in my phone’s default picture viewer. I wouldn’t pay a ruppee to this rip-off service.

  • Hmm… but Nash would everyone out these be willing to go through those steps to get dilbert (or any other comic strip?)

    Personally I consider paying for something when I feel I’m getting some convenience.

    What does everyone else think? Would you pay for this?

  • [Nash]

    1. What are the steps to subscribe to the syndicator

    2. Do you get a list if latest and archived comics

    3. I think with a paid servive customers can also demand for improvements but not really for a free one.

  • The Scott Adams Official subscription “makes” you accept the following package:

    COMIC BASIC (Free Subscription)
    ===============================
    – One comic by e-mail
    – A 30 day archive
    – Sunday strips are not included
    – The Dilbert Newsletter
    – Comics Update Newsletter

    Observations
    ============
    1. Inconvenient(steps and time)
    2. No choice of comic strips
    3. Forced newsletter subscription

  • [Nash]

    You are comparing apples to oranges. Here is the apple-apple comparison:

    Djuice Comics – Rs.50/month (less than a USD)
    Makes a total of less than 11 dollars a year

    Comics Extra by Scott Adams – 19.95 USD a year

    I’ll rather take Djuice comics over Comics Extra.

  • Hey BILAL: Can you please share your experience on the service on the following factors:

    1. Convenience
    2. Variety
    3. Economic

    Any other users out there :-)

  • Sounds like we have some strong Telenor Evangelists here :)

    But I’ll be nice here and answer all questions raised by Asif (slow office day today :p)

    @Asif
    1. What are the steps to subscribe to the syndicator

    You fillout a 3-field form (email, password, verify password). Which is smaller than this comment form box on this blog. And as you can see, you and I have no problems in commenting multiple times a day.

    2. Do you get a list of latest and archived comics

    Yes to both

    3. I think with a paid service customers can also demand for improvements but not really for a free one.

    Probably service delivery improvements but not the content itself. You can send your feedback to the authors whenever you want regardless of subscription service

    On your Observations
    1. Inconvenient(steps and time)

    Like I’ve said, its more simpler than putting a this comment in

    2. No choice of comic strips

    You can register with any of 138 comics provider by scott’s syndicators- I guarantee these are more than what djuice can offer

    3. Forced newsletter subscription

    I have been a registered user for 4 years now, never received any newsletter. But if you’re comparing, Telenor spams you on a regular basis

    Finally your apple-apple comparison is flawed. The offer from djuice is one comic per strip a day, and wap archive access for a dollar.

    Dilbert Basic offers the same but for free. I’m not sure why you’re quoting the wrong package for extra content.

    Annnnnyway, my only qualm is with the price, not with the tech; this needs to be virtually free (or standard data-rates apply). I’m pretty sure the comic creators (scott in this case) probably don’t get a cut from this deal.

    *goes back to work*

  • Asif,

    Convenience – very . i get a wap push everyday. plus i have saved the address so can check out the comics any time.

    Variety – I think there are 7-8 different comics. All are updated on a daily basis.

    Economic – comes out to be Rs 1.5 per day (almost).. which i think is not much for the interface and the service.

    Again its a personal opinion.

  • Hmm… yes some of these comments are trying to get out glowing reviews — it wont happen for a simple service like this, even if there are happy users out there.

    Consumer evangelism will start with “purple cow” type of products — something truly remarkable.

    I think Nash is right in that charges in addition to WAP data push charges seem like an overkill — I thought the Rs.50 charge would include WAP charges as well (they should be able to calculate this easily enough).

    Maybe someone from Telenor can clarify.

  • well here are my thoughts. we all are (most of us atleast) people who spend more than half of their awake hours in front of a PC. for us maybe its more of a hassle even try to read some thing on my mobile phone set when i can do that for free in lesser amount of time on a gorgeous 17 inches screen (thats the size of my screen 😉 )
    Think of a person who does not have that luxury travels through out the day (sales guy) or a CEO aging 50+ (most of these guys still don’t use computer on a regular basis) for him if he does not know the alternatives this is an attractive thing. come home from a day full of traveling lie down on your bed and read through the comics on the mobile phone unwind. or waiting in a lounge for a meeting go through the comics and have a good day.

  • Qazi, a 50+ year old CEO unwinding with Comics? That sounds like a sad, sad, life!

    What about the youth segment — maybe we all forgot that that’s what the comics are targeted to anyway. Would your average 14-year old with a cellphone know how to get free comics?

  • [Nash] quote”You can register with any of 138 comics provider by scott’s syndicators- I guarantee these are more than what djuice can offer”unquote

    Any ONE of the 138 comics or multiple at once?

  • Hey [Nash] and [Bilal] how about sharing a snapshot of the comic strip view on your cell phone screens to have a comparison of format quality. Thanks.

  • Asif, I have a PDA with a big-ass screen so that puts my phone in the

  • [Nash] text missing but I get the idea :-)

  • I have an E50.. and the comic quality is awesome really am satisfied with the whole look and feel of the product. which i would say is the best feature

  • hey we don’t have an image attachment utility here with the comments. Blog editorial for comments?

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