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Some of the most interesting data to be added to the recent edition of the Internet Statistics Compendium includes fresh research from IAB on how Europeans use mobile internet at the same time as other media.
'Media meshing' is evident across the continent, but some countries are more keen to mix the mobile web with traditional information sources than others.
The internet-connected mobile phone may prove to be one of the most notable consumer innovations in the past century, but it may also be a headache for brick-and-mortar retailers who, over the past decade, have had to figure out how to adapt to a world increasingly engaging in ecommerce.
The reason the mobile phone is keeping retail executives up at night: comparison shopping on steroids. Thanks to comparison shopping websites, and dedicated comparison shopping apps, consumers can simply walk into a store, scan an item's barcode and search the web for a better price.
I've come across a few stats on mobile internet usage this week, so I've decided to gather them together in one handy post.
I've also added a selection of mobile statistics from our most recent Internet Statistics Compendium...
It looks like mobile phone providers will have video to thank for their increased revenues over the next few years. According to a new study by British research firm Coda Research Consultancy, U.S. mobile data traffic will grow at a rate of 117% through 2015.
What does that mean? As smartphones become more commonplace, phone companies could start charging a lot more money to keep them up and running. But consumers may not go along willingly.
A new study has found several barriers to mainstream adoption of mobile internet, finding that 76% of UK mobile users don't access the internet through their phones.
This is the finding of the six month Brandheld study by Essential Research. Barriers to adoption include handset limitations, perceived costs of mobile internet use, and the complexity of the technology.
Will 2010 be the year of mobile? It's the perennial question and it's certainly getting closer. Improving handset technology and increased demand for the mobile internet are propelling the industry forward. Econsultancy's new Mobile Marketing Buyer's Guide explores the various developments that are removing the barriers to growth.
What's the appeal of entertaining mobile answer services? For example, were you one of the almost North American 500 mobile ChaCha text questioners wanting to know the running time for "Angels and Demons"? If so, why? Are we so busy that we would choose a movie based on its running time?
The nifty thing about ChaCha (tagline: ur mobile bff) is it isn't mobile-only. You can visit the website to query the types of questions submitted and read the responses. Following, are some of the more interesting queries about "Angels and Demons":
While mobile commerce is still in its infancy in the US, and even more so in the UK, there are signs that users are coming round to the idea, with 71% saying they feel it is safe to make a purchase on their mobiles.
An eMarketer round up of recent mobile commerce stats also reveals some interesting information about the kinds of products people want to buy from their phones.
Wolfram Alpha is disruptive revolutionary technology. I envision the next step to be simple: a web enabled and wireless carrier supported scientific calculator. This will hyper-drive math and science education and will open up science and discovery.
Even though 2009 may not be the most hotly anticipated year of mobile, the mobile channel has been rapidly developing as a serious communications channel for marketers. You only have to look around in the industry, sniff out a few recent and ongoing mobile compaigns, and you’ll see plenty of major brands out there experimenting and pushing the mobile envelope, and doing some pretty interesting stuff.
You’d need to include in any current market assessment of mobile the growing popularity of smart phones, the launch of many new models by the big handset manufacturers, the sudden proliferation of tweets using Twitter, the rise of a plethora of applications to support the iPhone and other such devices.
There is also the fact that the mighty Google machine launched its own open source Android platform to carve out its share of the market, taken on by next generation Symbian (Nokia runs on this and bought the company) whose software and functionality is also heading towards open source, and we can see mobile is finally becoming a serious medium.
If you cry wolf too many times, people are apt to dismiss you. The mobile internet is the boy who cried wolf.
For years, many have predicted its rapid rise, and massive revenues. Yet by in large we've all been disappointed. Year after year new developments have been made but a mobile internet that's as important as many believed it would be hasn't shown up.
The BBC has just launched the beta version of its new mobile site which, like the web version, allows users to personalise the content they view.
It's a welcome development, as the current BBC mobile site is a little basic, and the new version provides access to more of the corporation's content. I've been taking a look at the new version...