Wi-Fi enabled device shipments in 2012 to exceed 1.5 billion

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The number of Wi-Fi enabled devices shipped in 2012 is expected to exceed 1.5 billion, almost double that in 2010, according to ABI Research. Growth is occurring across many markets including mobile handsets, laptops, media tablets, printers, TVs, and automotive. “Since 2009 over 9 billion Wi-Fi enabled devices have been shipped,” commented Peter Cooney, wireless […]

Operators lose SMS revenue to social messaging services

Ovum forecasts that by 2016 operators will have lost $54 billion in SMS revenues due to the increasing popularity of social messaging services on smartphones, more than double the $23bn they are expected to have lost by the end of 2012. occurs through platforms other than SMS, MMS, or email, and which is either tied to […]

Are sky high hotel WiFi charges soon to be a thing of the past?

Accor Hotels has announced that it will stop charging guests for Wi-Fi. This is significant news because Accor is one the largest hotel chains in the world with properties such as Ibis, Mercure, Sofitel and Novotel sprinkled across the globe. Other hotel chains may be forced to follow Accor’s lead. Outrageous hotel Wi-Fi charges are at […]

Why more iPhones than Android phones use public WiFi hotspots

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The latest Mobile Subscriber report from Comscore shows that Google’s Android platform has grown to represent 48.6 percent of the US smartphone market.  The iPhone holds the number two spot with 29.5 percent of the market. Given that both the iPhone and most (if not all) Android phones support WiFi, you’d anticipate that you’d see more […]

Lousy cellular connections push smartphone and tablet users to Wi-Fi

Devicescape has published its Q1 2012 survey which shows that many people are driven from cellular networks to Wi-Fi because of the lousy cellular connections. The survey found that almost 61 percent of respondents connect their mobile devices to Wi-Fi at work. With 91 percent of those surveyed stating that they have WiFi connectivity at […]

EU data roaming price caps save business people 1000 EUR per year

Here’s some good news to balance the bad news coming out of Europe. Starting 1 July 2012, the EU’s data roaming price caps enter into effect, saving business people (traveling within the EU) approximately 1000 EUR per year. Families on holiday can expect to save 200 EUR. The EU estimates that the improved EU roaming regulation […]

iPhone users on Wi-Fi more than Android users

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I have suspected this for a long time but now a study conducted by Comscore in the US and UK shows that iPhone users are significantly more likely to use Wi-Fi than Android users. According to Comscore, in the US, “71 percent of all unique iPhones used both mobile and Wi-Fi networks to connect to […]

EU lowers roaming charges in time for the summer holidays

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This summer, mobile phone subscribers in the European Union will enjoy even lower roaming charges as they converge on the sunny beaches of the Mediterranean, thanks to the relentless war waged by the EU on mobile carriers. Here are the maximum rates that people will pay starting 1 July 2012 when they use their cell […]

Smartphone owners prefer Wi-Fi over cellular by a huge margin

I cannot say I’m surprised by the the results of this study conducted by Mobidia Technology given all the problems I (and many others) have had using cellular networks with the iPhone (which I sold a few months ago). My experience using the iPhone on a cellular network has been negative in every way – […]

Why I dumped my iPhone

I dumped my iPhone for three reasons: (1) the high cost of a post-paid voice and data plan, (2) frequent international travel and (3) I do most of my reading on my iPad. I had an iPhone for three years when I lived in San Francisco. I paid a little over $50 per month to […]