20 Aug 2009

Mobile Phones take over 

Way back when I worked in the mobile phone industry, when handheld mobiles were the latest thing, we used to dream of the time when mobile phones would take over the world.  Predicting when mobiles would eventually replace landlines was a daily pursuit as was the nirvana of one unit that would ' do it all'.  Now new research from www.rightmobilephone.co.uk tells us that our all singing all dancing mobiles are used by 1 in 5 Brits for internet usage, personal organisation, taking photos and even replacing the good old alarm clock.  Actually I'm surprised that it's not an even bigger number given the amount of functionality in phones these days

The research of 1,448 people found that 82% now own a mobile phone with 21% using their mobile phone to get them up in the morning, organise their day, take pictures of friends and family, use the internet and check their
emails.  A further 52% of Brits use their mobile phone as their alarm clock, of which 37% also use their mobile phones reminder facility to set alerts for meetings and days out with friends. In addition, 19% of respondents used their internet-enabled phone as their main or only source for internet access, including browsing the net,
interacting on social networking forums and dealing with emails; showing that for at least 1 in 4 people, the mobile phone has become their desired method of accessing the internet.

A little way to go then before the 'do it all' nirvana scenario but well on the way.

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