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Blyk, a new mobile phone service for teenagers and young adults, went live in the UK yesterday. Customers aged between 16 and 24 get free mobile phone calls and texts, in exchange for receiving up to six adverts a day on their mobiles. The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) is carried on Orange's network, and potential …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Blyk?

    ... as in "Is this coz I is Blyk?"

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Age discrimination

    Isn't the provision of services (or not) on basis of age alone illegal in the UK now?

  3. Charlie Clark Silver badge

    The flaw in the business model

    The flaw in the business strictly is not in the target group but in the value proposition. Low income groups are extremely desirable for certain companies: cf. the tobacco industry; McDonald's advertising around schools in low income areas in the US and associated court case(s) but also any lottery.

    The value proposition (free calls and SMS) needs to be coupled with cross and upselling opportunities for which the target group is more than happy to open its wallet. If the group thinks it is getting a bargain in one area, it is more likely to believe it is getting a bargain in all areas: the principle behind loss-leading in supermarkets.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Blyk"

    Ah wenda how thees service would be received in Seth Efrika?

  5. Soruk

    Blyk?

    Blyk? Barf.

  6. Mark Roome

    Re: "Blyk"

    Thats SOUFF Efrika actually, having come from there, and its sevis. But otherwise a very good try :)

  7. pctechxp

    phone service for the drunk?

    and what happens when you are 25?

  8. b166er

    should please the dealers

    provided they don't accidentally txt the fuzz

    maybe these phones are actually being provided by the secret service in order to track the whereabouts and behaviour of the youff

    wonder if there is any data usage provisioned too, could be a new file-sharing movement.

    Coke, McDonalds, Ford etc VS RIAA MPAA etc

    Seriously, how long before someone writes a filesharing app for winmob/symbian?

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  10. Doc

    Blyk...

    ...used by Chinese to make houses.

    You know, as in house-blyk.

    Solly.

    Hat coat door rickshaw

    Aussie Doc

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