What Matters Most to Mobile Users?

What Matters Most to Mobile Users?

Price has become an increasingly important factor, though still not the most important when choosing a wireless provider, according to a March 2008 comScore survey of US mobile phone users.

Coverage, price and family/friends connectivity were the three most important factors cited by respondents when choosing a wireless carrier, though coverage no longer has the commanding lead it once did.

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Nomophobia – A Whole New Reason to Panic

Nomophobia - A Whole New Reason to Panic

Anxiety is the affliction of life in the modern world. Now add to the stress list: “nomophobia”, the fear of being out of mobile phone contact.

Researchers in Britain have carried out a study and found that nomophobia is plaguing our 24/7 life — running out of battery or credit, losing one’s handset and not having network coverage “affects 53 per cent of mobile users”.


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Carriers Losing Control of Mobile Content

Carriers Losing Control of Mobile Content

US Mobile phone users are obtaining mobile content from a variety of sources, including the Web, from their personal collections, and from their wireless carrier, according to a November 2007 survey conducted by ABI Research.

Of the 14% of mobile phone users who watched video on their phones, 35% did so through a Web site, 31% watched through a carrier’s offering and 28% had sideloaded it onto their phone.

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Dubai-Based Emirates Airlines First to Allow Cellphone Calls During Flights

 Dubai-Based Emirates Airlines First to Allow Cellphone Calls During Flights

Emirates said the first permitted mobile phone call was made on a flight between Dubai and Casablanca.

The aircraft, an Airbus A340, is fitted with a system which stops mobiles from interfering with a plane’s electronics.

Emirates plans to extend the system to more aircraft and later this year add BlackBerry and other data services.

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Nearly Half Of Japanese Bathe With Cellphones

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Hi-tech mobile phones and leisurely baths are well-known passions of the Japanese – and apparently they’re not mutually exclusive.

A survey released yesterday showed that 41.2 percent of people in the country have at least once taken their mobile phones to the bathtub to make calls, type e-mails, listen to music or play games.

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Reality Mining

 Sandy Pentland is using data gathered by cell phones to learn about human behavior.

Sandy Pentland is using data gathered by cell phones to learn about human behavior.

Every time you use your cell phone, you leave behind a few bits of information. The phone pings the nearest cell-phone towers, revealing its location. Your service provider records the duration of your call and the number dialed.

Some people are nervous about trailing digital bread crumbs behind them. Sandy ­Pentland, however, revels in it. In fact, the MIT professor of media arts and sciences would like to see phones collect even more information about their users, recording everything from their physical activity to their conversational cadences. With the aid of some algorithms, he posits, that information could help us identify things to do or new people to meet. It could also make devices easier to use–for instance, by automatically determining security settings. More significant, cell-phone data could shed light on workplace dynamics and on the well-being of communities. It could even help project the course of disease outbreaks and provide clues about individuals’ health. Pentland, who has been sifting data gleaned from mobile devices for a decade, calls the practice “reality mining.”

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