Over one-fourth of mobile service users have adopted mobile Internet and e-mail services, eclipsing other mobile data ARPU drivers like mobile TV and music, indicating that carriers will have to win subscribers through more "practical" services first. The fast adoption of mobile social networking and navigation services, which have both exceeded 10%, also indicates carriers can be successful in deploying popular Web activities as revenue-generating data services on the mobile platform."
I agree it's very interesting that despite the recession being connected is a high priority. It really speaks volumes about the direction that social networking and quick access to information has taken us.
I was a smartphone users (Treo 650) for some time but then actually "downgraded" to a non-smart phone - but I just found ways to use it smarter. I was frustrated at the time with the Treo crashing a lot and wanted to be sure my phone could "make a call" which was it's primary purpose. I opted for a smaller Samsung phone (the Alias) but thanks so a switch to Google for mail and calendaring and the mobile email client and WAP browser in that phone (along with a full keyboard) I was able to still have instant access to my mail, calendar, and many websites without the need for a smart phone. After seeing an iPhone I was hooked however but didn't want to switch from Verizon to AT&T - so I got an iPod Touch being that I am frequently in areas that have wi-fi and now use that as my primary portable data device.
I am tempted by the Droid - but am holding out a bit longer to see if the iPhone makes it's way to Verizon as many suspect it will. I feel the smartphones have improved greatly and now I am ready to consider switching back to one device to rule them all - but I love my iPod Touch and right now it suits my mobile needs fine (with no need to pay extra for a data package).
>> and wanted to be sure my phone could "make a call" which was it's primary purpose.
I'm with you there.
I find it ridiculous that the menus in my phone are designed such that clicking the defaults without changing selections takes me into menus to buy overpriced ring-tones, whereas I have to actually navigate to the address book if I wanted to make a call.
Vendors: Don't call it a phone if it's actually a device meant to sell you IP and services first and a phone second.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
This is one thing I have been talking about for a while. The general public is more and more connected 24/7. So devices as has been seen will lean harder and harder in that direction. With the opening of the e-reader market, and the netbook laptop market growth we have seen for several years now, the US at least is heading farther in this direction. I ps.ersonally think the tablet PC, or a combination smart phone, e-reader, netbook super device in a small transportable form is the direction, as can obviously be seen by these result's.
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