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    I have been analyzing wireless communications for 31 years. I am president of Wireless Internet & Mobile Computing, a pioneering consulting firm that helps create new and enhance existing wireless data businesses in the United States and abroad.

    I write a weekly column for about the wireless and wired Internet as well as writing a mobile blog and producing videos.

    Previously, I created the world's first wireless data newsletter, wireless data conference, cellular conference and FM radio subcarrier newsletter. I was instrumental in creating and developing the world's first cellular magazine.

    I also helped create and run the first association in the U.S. for the paging and mobile telephone industries.

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    Tuesday, April 06, 2004


    Avi Greengart

    Alan drove a lot of traffic my way back when I had a blog at Jupiter; since that's been down for a while I figured I'd post something quick here.

    Back at JupiterResearch we had plenty of data showing most U.S. consumers were not interested in paying more to get cameraphones. That survey data was backed by actual sales data showing that - surprise! - most cameraphone sales came at price points where the camera functionality was essentially free. Yes, there were demographics where cameraphone interest was higher - the younger you were, the more likely you wanted all kinds of convergence functionality, and willingness to pay for it rose as well. The usage data was not only acurate, but has since been corroborated by data from other firms (talk to Julie Ask or Michael Gartenberg at Jupiter if you want the full data).

    Of course, sharing this data was deliberate. When cameraphones are THE big thing, pointing out that not everyone has drunk the Cool-Aid (or is even thirsty) is a great way to get exposure for your research.

    There was a misquote, though. The "fads" quote was not a market analysis but an observation that "many people we surveyed said that they considered cameraphones a fad." The journalist didn't make that distinction, and Alan didn't stop to ask before disparaging my intelligence. Fortunately, I find being called an idiot by Alan rather amusing.


    Avi Greengart is Principal Analyst for Mobile Devices at Current Analysis.

    Seth Dimbert

    I'm no legal expert – just a High School Journalism teacher - but the textbook I use (Hall, Homer L. _High School_Journalism_, Rosen Publishing Group, New York, 1994.) defines libel as, "any false statement that causes a person to be avoided, due to defamation, indentification and publication."

    Again, I'm not an expert, but calling someone who makes his living as an analyst a "clueless analyst" seems like defamation to me. That's one.

    "Avi Greengart, a senior analyst at Jupiter Research." Identification? Check. That's two.

    Publication? You bet'cha. That's three.

    Does saying something like, "I'd recommend you avoid this guy like the plague," qualify as a statement that might cause Greengart to be avoided? What do you think?

    Now comes the heart of the issue: Is what you posted about him false? I don't know; both of you know more about camera phones than I do.

    Alan, I don't know who you are and I've never read your writing before. However, I *do* know who Avi Greengart is, and his response to your post rings true to my ears.

    Avi Greengart

    Alan, my response is posted on my blog.

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