Bruce P. Mehlman
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Control of U.S. smartphone market giants expected to grow
Apple, Google and Microsoft are expected to control 91 percent of the U.S. smartphone market and 98 percent of the U.S. tablet market by 2016.
Businesses are expected to double their spending on mobile projects by 2015
Mobile access using other devices also play into the wireless internet story
9% of American adults now go online using an mp3 player, e-book reader or tablet computer. However, these devices largely play a supporting role for Americans who already access the internet wirelessly using a laptop computer or cell phone. Just 1% of Americans who do not go online wirelessly using a laptop computer or cell phone use some other type of mobile device to access the internet.
Most wireless laptop users go online from multiple locations
Laptop owners utilize the portable nature and wireless capabilities of these devices to go online from a range of locations. Among those who use their laptop to go online wirelessly (using either a wi-fi or mobile broadband card) 86% do so at home, 37% do so at work, and 54% do so someplace other than home or work. Six in ten wireless laptop users (61%) go online from more than one of these locations, with two in five (20%) using their laptop to access to internet from all three locations (home, work and somewhere else).
Six in ten Americans go online wirelessly using a laptop or cell phone
As of May 2010, 59% of all adult Americans go online wirelessly, using a laptop or cell phone— an increase over the 51% of Americans who did so at a similar point in 2009.
Blistering wireless data growth means that it must be now measured in petabytes, with each unit representing a quadrillion bytes or about 100 times all the text contained in the 650 miles of bookshelves in the Library of Congress.
CTIA estimates more than 20 percent of households use only wireless for voice, and cellphone users make more than 290,000 calls daily to 911 and other emergency services.
Wireless broadband also has been estimated to generate productivity gains—cost reductions for a given level of production—of $28 billion in 2005.
Wireless carriers invested $100 billion in just the past three years, and the U.S. vaulted past Europe in fast 3G mobile networks. Americans enjoy mobile voice prices 60% cheaper than foreign peers.
Laptop and mobile wireless account for the vast majority of wireless access, as 51% of Americans have gotten online using either of these two methods.