I am very pleased to announce that MoDaCo, in association with M:Metrics, will be giving away THREE unique MoDaCo branded Zunes to 3 lucky Smart M:Panel participants from our UK and USA membership!
COMPETITION NOW EXTENDED BY 1 MONTH DUE TO EMAIL ISSUES!
Chances are you've heard about Zune... Microsoft's attempt to dethrone the Apple iPod as king of the Portable Media Devices. Featuring a gorgeous 3" screen, a choice of 3 colours (Black / Brown / White) and a very un-iPod like durable finish, the Zune is a hot gadget at the moment, particularly in Europe where release isn't planned until late 2007!
Cool though a Zune is as a prize, we like to go 1 better at MoDaCo... so we are currently arranging to get our prize Zunes laser-engraved with the MoDaCo logo courtesy of adafruit... they're going to be serious collectors items, that's for sure!
What many people don't realise is that behind that slick menu system beats a heart of Windows Mobile... so the Zune is more closely related to your mobile (and MoDaCo) than you might think!
So how do I take part?
In order to take part in the competition, you need to complete the following requirements...
- Live in the UK or USA
- Use a Windows Mobile / Symbian or Palm device
- Install the M:Panel software on your device by 25th January 2007 (SIGNUP PAGE)
- Ensure the software stays on your device until 25th February 2007
At the second date we will collate all active panelists, and choose the winners The first place winner will receive the Zune colour of their choice, the second place winner their choice of the remaining two, and the third place winner will get what they're given
Not only does completing the above ensure you entry into the competition, but as a panelist you will be entitled to CASH! When you install the Smart M:Panel software to your device, and after the application has made it's first upload of data, M:Metrics send you a cheque for £15 (UK) or $15 (USA)! But it doesn't stop there... as long as you keep the application installed, you will earn £5 (UK) or $5 (USA) per month, paid by cheque every 6 months.[/teaser]
So what is Smart M:Panel?
Smart M:Panel is an influential new research panel created by M:Metrics to measure Windows Mobile Smartphone / Symbian smartphone / Pocket PC / Palm feature usage. Being a panelist is easy and safe! Research software, completely transparent to the end user, automatically measures mobile phone activity, eliminating the need to fill out detailed surveys each month.
By agreeing to have your activity measured, you'll be inputting valuable data into the development of future products and services. The next device you buy may have been designed in a particular way due to the company knowing how YOU use your device... now that's cool.
So the data is sent back over GPRS? Won't that cost me money?
Both MoDaCo and M:Metrics have had this flagged as a major concern from the outset, and so incredible work has been carried out to ensure data volumes are as low as possible. As a result, experience to date shows that an 'average' user will only upload around 35k per MONTH, and even a 'heavy' device user will likely only upload around 50k per month... a tiny amount! The metering application also sends 1 SMS when it is first installed, to tell our servers that it is up and running
What exactly is recorded by the application? Will it affect my normal phone usage?
The Smart M:Panel software records usage of various mobile phone features - email, web browsing, games, etc. - and securely returns the data to M:Metrics without interfering with the normal use of your phone. The application has no user interface... it's truly 'install and forget'!
I have a couple of other questions... is there any more information available on line?
OK, i've read enough... let's do it!
GREAT! To get started, simply visit the SIGNUP PAGE, and click, well, 'get started' You will receive a text message containing a download link for the metering application, click it, and you're away... (there is also an option to install via your PC, should you wish to save on GPRS costs).
FINALLY, if you decide at any time you no longer wish to participate in the panel, simply uninstall the application from the 'Remove Programs' menu.
Good luck in the competition!
PS Know somebody who uses a Symbian or Palm device? Yes, let them know too... as this offer is open to Windows Mobile, Symbian AND Palm users!