1. Almost two thirds (62%) of UK 12-15 year olds have a smartphone… significantly higher than the UK average for adults of 45%
     
  2. A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 74% of smartphone owners use their phone to get real-time location-based information, and 18% use a geosocial service to “check in” to certain locations or share their location with friends.
     
  3. There are nearly 7 billion people in the world. In 2011, a smart device - be it a tablet, smartphone or a PC - was sold for one out of every seven of those people, according to estimates from International Data Corp. The research firm reports that about 946 million smart devices were shipped last year
     
  4. "Message Optimizer turns every mobile phone into a mobile computing and mobile authentication device," states ForgetMeNot Africa. The MO allows "more and more of our subscribers to get access to the internet without having to purchase expensive smartphones," according to Douglas Mboweni, the chief executive officer of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, a mobile network. How does the MO deliver messages without the internet or a personal computer? First, a mobile phone subscriber sends an SMS to a given short code. The message is received in the mobile company’s message centre, which then forwards to ForgetMeNot Africa’s internet servers. The servers process, route and deliver the message to the subscriber, who can then respond… The company currently has around 48 million users, having made inroads into east, west, southern and central Africa
     
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Via OFCOM’s International Communications Market report, published mid Dec.  (I’m catching up on reading, finally!) 
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/research/cmr/cmr11/icmr/ICMR2011.pdf

    Via OFCOM’s International Communications Market report, published mid Dec.  (I’m catching up on reading, finally!) 

    http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/research/cmr/cmr11/icmr/ICMR2011.pdf

     
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Via OFCOM’s International Communications Market report, published mid Dec.  (I’m catching up on reading, finally!) 
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/research/cmr/cmr11/icmr/ICMR2011.pdf

    Via OFCOM’s International Communications Market report, published mid Dec.  (I’m catching up on reading, finally!) 

    http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/research/cmr/cmr11/icmr/ICMR2011.pdf

     
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    (via Global smartphone penetration nearing 10% | asymco)
     
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  9. Just 13.2 percent of the world’s 6.1 billion cellphones are smartphones, according to Ericsson, the leading maker of mobile network equipment, but the rate exceeds 30 percent in larger markets like the United States, Germany and Britain
     
  10. One handset out of five sold in Latin America this year was a smartphone, according to the consulting firm Pyramid Research, and the trend is unlikely to stop here. According to Pyramid’s forecasts, by 2016, smartphone sales will account for 46% of all cell phone sales across the region.
     
  11. The figures from Gartner suggest that 218m Android handsets have been sold since the first went on sale in the fourth quarter of 2008.

    In total, more than 1bn smartphones have been sold since the first quarter of 2007, according to Gartner’s figures from the past four years.

     
  12. In just 18 months, Android has come from nowhere to become the mobile OS powering just under half of all smartphones sold in the UK – and half the people owning a mobile phone in the UK have a smartphone
     
  13. We don’t know if the mobile economy will become as dynamic as the late-1800s railroad economy, if it will employ as many people as the 1920s auto industry, or improve productivity as much as the 1990s Internet revolution. We simply have no idea. But what smartphones and tablets have done is to put something more powerful than radio or television into the hands of consumers at an even faster rate radio and television penetrated the market. That is cause, I think, for some excitement, and even optimism.
     
  14. As defined by Ericsson, an active smartphone user generates more than 1 MB traffic per day
     
  15. There’s a growing trend among store chains big and small to switch from clunky cash registers to smooth mobile devices and tablets. But it doesn’t stop at checkout: sales clerks roam aisles ready to update inventory, help you buy missing items online, make sales as you shop, and much much more. Home improvement giant Lowe’s just bought 42,000 handheld point of sales devices for its 1700+ outlets. Their competitor Home Depot already spent $64 million placing 30,000+ of their First Phone mobile devices (modeled on Motorola tech) in their stores. Nordstroms has 6000 such devices, and Urban Outfitters, and Pacific Sun are following suit.