How many times do you hear "Wow how original and awesome is Apple’s ‘App Store’ for iPhone idea" while walking down the street?
Well – although Apple’s idea is indeed great – they weren’t the first ones to come up with it.
Chinese company DuoGuo sells mobile content (apps, ringtones, wallpaper) via BlueTooth at their brick & mortar kiosks.
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Duo Guo has developed partnerships with China’s largest retailers and leading global media companies to bring games, ringtones, software, and other mobile services to China’s 500 million mobile phone users in a retail setting.
Duo Guo recently began offering exclusive mobile content as well, by allowing emerging Chinese artists to design exclusive wallpapers for their "Artist of the Month" program.
Duo Guo has signed deals with Best Buys, Wal-Mart, and Tesco in China to host Duo Guo kiosks. They also have stand-alone shops in subways and parks. They update content every Friday to encourage frequent use – and apparently the company is doing quite well.
Check them out: www.duoguo.cn
[via Spring Wise]