wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

, , ,

Why Has Nokia Limited Listings Service To S40 Only?

Nokia Beta Labs has taken the wraps off a new service, Nokia Listings, that is currently available only in the Indian market. Listings are available for three main classifieds formats – Jobs (from ‘Maid who can cook’ to ‘legal’), (Hyper) Local Services, and products (Buy and Sell). However, the ability to browse existing listings does not exist, and I think that is primarily down to Nokia using SMS as a carrier instead of GPRS: thus, live results aren’t available. Nokia Listings primarily targets the Series 40 handsets, but also works for non-touch screen Series 60 (S60) handsets.

As I found out while trying it on my E71, the experience while navigating menus on a S60 device has its issues, albeit nothing singificant. I thought Nokia might have preferred to keep the service device agnostic, and make it available on all its platforms.

Nokia’s approach to the service itself is quite interesting:
– Search: Nokia expects users to send a search request (with SMS as a carrier, I presume), and users will be sent results as soon as they are available.
– The hyperlocal approach: for cities, one can search and place listings for a specific locality. Nokia probably intends to surface results closest a users location
– One couldn’t/can’t browse services (as explained earlier)
– Specific information: If I’m searching for something as generic as ‘Electronic Items’ for purchase, I have to specify a budget and my location. One can’t submit the search without specifying a budget, but the truth about many a shopper is that they’ll look around without a specific budget in mind. Nokia Listings doesn’t allow that.

Given that the service is currently in beta, Nokia doesn’t have too many users for the service who are posting listings – either services available, or products (used or new) for sale. Nokia is thus trying two other things:
– Asking users if they want daily alerts (at Rs. 0 per day for 10 days) matching their search criteria. This can perhaps later become a paid service. Remember that Ver Se Innovations provides SMS based classifieds listings to users via telecom operators, priced at Rs. 30 per month.
– Asking users if they want to post a listing based on their search criteria, for example “post a listing on willing to buy eletronic items worth Rs. 10000 for 45 days”

Now above all, Nokia needs sellers for Listings: there will be many a buyer just browsing services, but unless products and services are available for sale, buyers will try to search, not receive any results, and then not return.

Nokia can try any of three things –
Remain a platform and tie up with a classifieds service like Quikr, OLX, ClickIndia or Click.in to power classifieds listings. A lack of listings will prevent take-off.
Try and surface deals to consumers: Group buying sites are trying to be hyperlocal, and there are many of them around – SnapDeal, Deals And You, Taggle & KhojGuru.
– Integrate listings with Nokia Maps: the ability to enable a layer of listings on Nokia Maps might help surface useful deal information for map users

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Of course, Nokia will have to guard against two listings in particular: firstly, a flood of massage parlour advertisements in services, and ‘earn money from home’ ads in Jobs. The good thing is that users have to sign up to download the application, so Nokia can monitor their accounts.


Nokia Enters The Group SMS Segment With ‘We Meet’
Nokia Betting On Meego For US, N8 For The World; Plans To Ship Over 50 Million Symbian 3 Devices
Nokia Sales Flat At EUR 10 Bn, Operating Profit Down 15%; Device Volumes Up 8%
Nokia Ovi Life Tools To Power Rural VAS For Tata DoCoMo; STK
Updated: NAVTEQ Launches Mobile Solutions In India; Zee Studios Campaign

Written By

Founder @ MediaNama. TED Fellow. Asia21 Fellow @ Asia Society. Co-founder SaveTheInternet.in and Internet Freedom Foundation. Advisory board @ CyberBRICS

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



The DSCI's guidelines are patient-centric and act as a data privacy roadmap for healthcare service providers.


In this excerpt from the book, the authors focus on personal data and autocracies. One in particular – Russia.  Autocracies always prioritize information control...


By Jai Vipra, Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy The use of new technology, including facial recognition technology (FRT) by police...


By Stella Joseph, Prakhil Mishra, and Yash Desai The Government of India circulated proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 (“E-Commerce Rules”) which...


By Rahul Rai and Shruti Aji Murali A little less than a year since their release, the Consumer Protection (E-commerce) Rules, 2020 is being amended....

You May Also Like


Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...


By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...


135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...


Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ