Mobile Nations and iMore to host... Talk Mobile 2013!

Android. BlackBerry. iOS. Windows Phone. Editors. Industry experts. You. Me. Us. -- The conversation begins Monday, June 3!

#TM13 stands for Talk Mobile 2013, an all-new, online event hosted by Mobile Nations -- including not only iMore, but Android Central, CrackBerry, and Windows Phone Central as well -- created with one goal in mind: to take our ongoing discussion of mobile to the next level.

Technology alone is not enough. Apple said that years ago, and they've been proven right. Mobile is no longer about the bits and atoms we hold in our hands, but what those bits and atoms can do to inform, inspire, and improve our daily lives. And that's just exactly what we're going to be exploring through Talk Mobile, together. From manufacturers to carriers, from social to personal, from gaming to enterprise, from around the world to inside our homes, we're going to get the conversation started not only about what matters most to the industry, but what matters most to us.

It begins on June 3. Mark your calendar, follow @talkmobile, and bookmark this landing page -- talkmobile2013.com. You'll be able to watch every video and read every word right here on iMore, but that page is going to collect them all for you in one convenient place. Our tech team has even built a brand new commenting system that'll let everyone, from every site, talk together, and highlight and promote the very best contributions.

To celebrate the kickoff we're throwing the tech party to end all tech parties on June 6 in NYC. Details on the party, and how you can enter to win a free trip for 2 to the party, are up on talkmobile2013.com.

Watch the trailer video above. Read the press release below. Enter the contest. Follow all the things. Then buckle up, we're in for one hell of a ride.

Mobile Nations launches Talk Mobile 2013, presented by BlackBerry

An industry-first online event that brings together the top smartphone experts and fans in meaningful conversations about mobile technology and how it affects our lives

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- (Marketwire - May 29, 2013) -- Mobile Nations, the leading online mobile news and community network -- Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Phone Central -- announced today that Talk Mobile, an online event spanning all of the Mobile Nations sites and presented by BlackBerry®, will launch on June 3, 2013.

Talk Mobile will bring together mobile industry experts, influencers, pundits, enthusiasts, and fans from around the world to engage in meaningful conversations about important topics in mobile today. A total of 50 Talk Mobile features will be published over the next several months. Each day's feature will simultaneously reach each Mobile Nations site, with Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Phone communities each having an equal voice in the conversation.

"We have the largest, most knowledgeable, most passionate communities in mobile, but for most of the year we're all focused on our own, specific platforms," said Kevin Michaluk, Chief Media Officer of Mobile Nations. "Talk Mobile lets us take off those platform-specific hats and engage in real, in-depth, industry-wide discussion. That's why only Mobile Nations could do an event like Talk Mobile -- our sites are all biased by definition, but when we come together, the biases balance out, and we end up with the most amazing debates."

Covering ten highly relevant topics, Talk Mobile will address the issues facing modern platform makers and manufacturers, carriers and service providers, developers and designers, and power users and casual users alike. Topics range from mobile gaming to photography to social to security.

"Over the last decade, smartphones have grown from niche technology to mainstream reality," said Marcus Adolfsson, CEO of Mobile Nations. "We see that in our communities every day. It's not just about tech specs anymore, but about health, family, entertainment, creativity, and connectivity. There's a deeper conversation to be had about mobile and how it influences, enables, and affects our lives. That's why we're launching Talk Mobile."

Each Talk Mobile feature will start with a roundtable discussion moderated by Cali Lewis and John Pozadzides of GeekBeat.TV, with Mobile Nations' site editors Phil Nickinson, Kevin Michaluk, Rene Ritchie, and Daniel Rubino as panelists. The conversation will then be turned over to the community, where anyone and everyone can have their say, and the very best contributions will be featured. Talk Mobile 2013 begins on June, 3, 2013. The first week will cover mobile gaming, its threat to consoles, its social implications, its ability to scale, and its future. Readers can join in the conversation by visiting their favorite Mobile Nations site.

Talk Mobile launch party

To celebrate the kickoff, Mobile Nations will be hosting a Talk Mobile 2013 launch party on Thursday, June 6, 2013, in New York City. Admission will be free, but venue space is limited. For more information and to RSVP, visit http://talkmobile2013.eventbrite.com.

Mobile Nations is also running a contest, in which readers can enter for the chance to win a free trip to New York City and guaranteed admission to the Talk Mobile 2013 launch party. For contest information, see www.talkmobile2013.com and follow twitter.com/talkmobile.

About Mobile Nations

Mobile Nations is the leading network of mobile-focused online communities with more than 15 million readers and 55 million page views per month. Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Phone Central form the core of Mobile Nations.

For more information, please visit www.MobileNations.com.

BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of Research In Motion Limited. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Press Contact: Derek Kessler, Managing Editor, Talk Mobile derek@mobilenations.com

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No offense but saying "good job" doesn't really mean much. Here's my reaction given that I really haven't seen anything yet:

I liked "Top Mobile" better. Other than it being some sort of contest or progressive round robin for phones where the weakest is eliminated each week, it sounds ok I guess. You're gonna "talk mobile" and debate 10 topics? Well...ok. Sounds more like the old mobile nations podcasts.

I get the move from tech specs to other (subjective) criteria but that could have been integrated as well. Interesting that it's presented by Blackberry. I suppose they're just happy to be in the conversation.

I must respectfully disagree. I like the idea of having a collaborative discussion that goes beyond "this OS has this, but not that" -type of competition, but rather a discussion that addresses mobile technology on a higher level, irrespective of OS.

Perhaps. But this was supposed to be the smartphone round robin taken to the next level. Not deep thoughts about mobile.

Cardfan, your comment about BlackBerry seems that you think little of the company that brought smartphones to the market in the first place.

In 2013, BlackBerry have just as much to bring to the table as Apple would. Maybe even more, considering the recent overhaul.

Except they didn't. That was Palm. At least in the US. BB has always been more of a feature phone known for communication. The recent walk through the desert for them was needed but they're so far behind... It's not a knock what I said. BB is smart to support anything that keeps them in the conversation.

I was curious what users of the other platforms would say about BB sponsoring this. Disappointing to say the least, also shows your lack of experience on anything to do with BB10.

The new website looks great! And thanks for the birthday present TM13 launch date. :-) Looking forward to it, I only wish I still lived in NYC.

Awesome intro video! I'm excited to see all of the new content you'll be bringing over the next couple of weeks.

Still trying to figure out why you all spent so much time in NYC recently. Was it to film videos for the site? To scout locations? To find the perfect bagel?

Well, I was more interested in a really good Cuban sandwich. Which the guys found, but I didn't get any of. Oh well, we were pretty productive otherwise! Monday it'll all come together. :)

Montreal bagels are perfect! It was to film the panel discussions that'll kick off each days conversation.

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Aha. I'm pretty sure there are perfect bagels in Montreal.
And I'm totally sure there is perfect poutine in Montreal too.
Been there twice, before I'd ever heard of poutine. Next time.