Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards and what do they aim to do?

The GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards offer organisations across the global mobile eco-system (including all converging vertical sectors) the opportunity to showcase the latest and best mobile products, apps, devices, services, and initiatives to the industry and the world. The Awards are open to all eligible mobile companies, and supporters of the mobile eco-system – GSMA Members, Associate Members and Non-members – as defined in the individual category eligibility descriptions. The presentation of the awards takes place during the Mobile World Congress the world’s largest and leading mobile industry event held annually in Barcelona (from 2-5th March in 2015).

How long have they been running?

The Global Mobile Awards were first presented in 1996. This year’s awards will be the 20th anniversary and will be presented at the Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, 3rd March 2015.

What is the GSMA?

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo. For more information, please visit the GSMA website. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

Who can enter the Awards?

See eligibility sections within the individual awards categories. The Global Mobile Awards recognise and celebrate all contributions made to the evolving and developing mobile industry. Companies and organisations from all over the world are welcome to enter in our wide range of categories covering broad aspects of the mobile industry. These awards encourage and support entries which grow and enhance the mobile eco-system and advance the value of mobile communications with noticeable benefits to the wider industry.

We honour those who most cherish the concept of the mobile community-of-interest, who in their coming together, have helped to generate value for the whole industry. Essentially, the awards are open to ALL players in the mobile communications eco-system, from mobile operators and manufacturers to industry participants and suppliers from converging industries such as the financial, entertainment, advertising, computing, education, automotive, health, government etc. and all others where mobile products and services are used or are being developed. All entries submitted must support, be deployed over or accessible through mobile networks.

How do I enter the Awards?

You can enter the Awards online here by completing the on-line entry form. The specific questions you will be asked on this form are also previewed / provided within the category descriptions so that you can prepare your answers.

How many Award entries can I submit?

Multiple entries may be submitted and we are pleased to offer discounts for multiple entries this year. You can enter as many different categories and sub categories as you wish. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit per category or sub category. See below for applicable fees.

Do I have to be a member of the Association to enter the Awards?

No. The awards are open to members and non-members of the Association, as above.

When can I enter?

Entries for the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards 2015 are welcome now – completed entry forms and payment must be received by the closing date which has been extended to Friday 12th December 2014 at 5pm GMT.

Is there an entry fee?

Yes – Entry fees are payable for each entry submitted, as follows:

  • €450 for the first entry by GSMA Members & Associate Members
  • €350 for each additional entry from the same organisation
  •  €500 for the first entry by Non GSMA Members & Associate Members
  • €400 for each additional entry from the same organisation

Category 3: Social and Economic Development (For All entrants)

  • €200 for the first entry
  • €100 for each additional entry from the same organisation

Category 4: Apps of the Year(For All entrants)

  • €200 for the first entry
  • €100 for each additional entry from the same organisation

There are no fees for entering Category 7, The Government Mobile Excellence Awards & Category 9 (Special Awards at Mobile World Congress 2015).

Why is there an entry fee?

As the GSMA is a non-profit organisation, the entry fees help cover the costs associated with the administration and processing of the large number of entries received. Fees also contribute towards publicity, marketing, websites etc for  the awards as well as to the awards event itself.

How can payment be made?

On-line payment by credit card is preferred. We accept AMEX, Visa & Mastercard. For queries regarding payment, please contact [email protected]. If credit card payment is not possible, you can do a wire transfer, bank details can be found here

Please ensure you mark your payment with your Entry Reference Number, which you are provided with once your entry is submitted when making payment. Please note – Entries will not be processed until full payment has been received.

Are the fees refundable if I decide to cancel my entry?

Entry fees are non-refundable once payment has been submitted.

Can I enter the Awards if I am a previous winner?

Yes, although the spirit of these awards is such that emphasis is placed on innovation and beneficial advances in mobile communications. We strongly encourage that you should not submit the same product, service, initiative etc. as your previous winning entry, unless there have been significant new and innovative developments or enhancements which should be illustrated in your answers on the entry forms.

Will I be sent an acknowledgement and/or receipt for my entry?

On completing & submitting the entry form, you will be sent an Entry Reference number which should be used in any queries.

What supporting materials are allowed?

Additional on-line documents are accepted for each categories (please check category description under ‘Entry process & Formats’). Video submissions are not mandatory but will help our judges significantly in terms of visualising the use case and understanding the innovation and user benefits.

Please keep supporting information submitted to a maximum of:

  • One x 3 minute (maximum) video
  • Three x 1 page documents with further information, images, graphics etc.
  • Three x web pages (which should be very specific to the entry) linked by URLs         

Video: Please provide a URL link to your video (e.g. via YouTube, Vimeo or other public, English language video platforms) on the entry form and if required, please make sure you provide a password. Videos should ideally be in the English language or with English sub titles.

Other supporting information to a maximum of three x 1 page documents, could consist of independent information or data, extracts from analysts’ reports, testimonials or press articles, graphics etc. to support your entry. Please do make sure this supporting information is succinct and clear.

Web pages: If pointing judges to a website within your supporting materials or entry, please include a URL which is to very specific information relating to your entry, up to a maximum of three web pages, as judges will not have time to search websites looking for the pertinent information.

The on-line entry form includes an upload facility for you to provide the above links and documents. You will have the ability to upload three additional files to accompany your entry up to a maximum file size of 5MB each. These can be pdfs, jpegs, Word documents or PowerPoint, but please, as above, keep these relevant to your entry and keep the pages to a minimum of one per document.

What formats should I send for video and picture materials?

As above, the on-line entry form includes an upload facility for you to provide multimedia. You will have the ability to upload 3 additional files to accompany your entry up to a maximum file size of 5MB each. These can be illustration pdfs, such as for customer testimonials; jpeg for photos or PowerPoint for technical diagrams or statistics, Word for text documents etc. but please keep these relevant to your entry and keep the pages to a minimum of one for each document. You can also provide one URL to a video link for public video platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo and if required, please make sure you provide a password.

What are the new categories for the 2015 Awards?

New or enhanced Award Categories for 2015 are as follows:

Category 1 – The Connected Life Awards
1e. Best Use of Mobile for Retail, Brands & Commerce
1g. The Mobile Connect Award for Mobile Identity

Category 2 – Best Mobile Services
2c. Best Mobile Cloud Service or App 

Category 3 – Social & Economic Development
3d. Best Mobile App Service or Initiative for Accessibility & Inclusion
3e. Best Mobile Device for Accessibility & Inclusion

Category 4 – Apps of the Year
4a. Best Mobile Music App
4b. Best Mobile Game App
4c. Best Mobile Photo, Art, Video or TV App
4d. Best Mobile Media & Publishing App

Category 5 – Best Mobile Handsets & Devices
5b. Best Low Cost Smartphone (Reduced to Sub $100 wholesale price)
5d: Best Wearable Mobile Technology

Category 6 – Best Mobile Technology
6c. Best Technology Enabler

Category 9: Special Awards at Mobile World Congress 2015
9a: Young Mobile Innovator of the Year
9b: Connected Women – Leadership in Industry
9c: Best New Handset, Tablet or Device @ Mobile World Congress 2015

When will the nominations be announced?

The GSMA will announce the full shortlist of nominees during February 2015

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be presented at the Mobile World Congress  on Tuesday 3rd March 2015. Full details of the ceremony will be published soon.

How does the judging process work?

Entries will be judged against the criteria outlined in each of the category descriptions and the specific information requested on the entry forms. Assessment by the judges will take place in December 2014 and early January 2015, discussions and decisions are based solely on information supplied.

Who are the judges?

We typically include more than 170 independent judges from across the world. The panels comprise of leading industry and subject matter experts, analysts, journalists and academics and in some cases mobile operator representatives.

When will the judging process begin?

The judging process begins in December 2014 and final judging will take place in January 2015.

When and where does the Awards Ceremony take place?

The Global Mobile Awards Ceremony takes place at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 at the Mobile World Congress.

How do I attend the Global Mobile Awards Ceremony?

The Global Mobile Awards Ceremony is open to all shortlisted companies and is included in Platinum, Gold, Silver an Press Passes that are needed to attend Mobile World Congress.

If your organization is shortlisted and you hold an Exhibition Visitor Pass then we will grant you access to the ceremony. You do not need to separately register for the ceremony

For further information on please visit the Mobile World Congress.

Can press or media attend the Global mobile awards ceremony?

Press and media are of course welcome to attend the Global Mobile Awards ceremony, full details of the venue ticket information will be available very soon.

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Will information provided for entries be used publicly?

All entry information will be treated as strictly confidential. Only the winning entry and company name of the award will be published prior to the Awards presentation. If your entry contains highly confidential information that should not be shared, please highlight this on the entry form so the judges are fully aware.