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1 out of 4 Americans gets news via mobile

26% of American adults now reads news on their mobile handsets, says a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Of all the users using the mobile internet for information, there is
– 72% checking for weather forecasts
– 68% checking news headlines and current events
– 44% checking sport results and news
– 35% checking traffic reports
– 32% checking financial info and updates

Also interesting to know is that almost 1 out of 2 smartphone users (49%) has downloaded a mobile app to access headlines, weather, sports or other information.  Almost 1 out of 3 (31%) gets news alerts via SMS or e-mail.

Demographics

The study also finds that a person younger than 50 years is 3 times more likely to access news via their mobile than a person above 50.  The average mobile news consumer is a white male, age 34, with a college degree and a full-time job.

More details here

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Apple and Android are big winners of 2009

The sales of mobile phones stagnated last year, as a result of the recession.  But smartphones were the exception.  According to figures by Gartner, 24% more smartphones were sold in 2009 compared to the year before.  Nokia, Blackberry and Apple together sold about 172 million smartphones.

Also important changes as to the operating system of mobile devices.  Even though half of the smartphones still use Nokia’s Symbian, it is clearly losing ground.  Microsoft Windows Mobile is also on the losing side, being pushed out of the top 3 by iPhone OS.  In 2009, iPhone doubled its amount of units sold from 11,8 to 24 million. 
Big runner-up is Android.  The 6,8 million units sold in 2009 were 10 times as much as the year before. According to Google’s Eric Schmidt, there are about 60.000 Google Android phones sold every day now.  At that rate there’ll be more Android phones than iPhones by 2011.

(source: Emerce)

4,6 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide

With a massive 4,6 billion subscriptions throughout the world, the popularity of mobile telephony keeps on rising.  The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) of the United Nations expects to exceed the milestone of 5 billion by the end of this year.

The amount of mobile broadband connections has already reached 600 million and should surpass one billion by end 2010.  

ITU says the economical crisis has had little effect on the growth of mobile telephony.

Already 10.000 SMS tickets sold at De Lijn

A week after the launch of the new SMS ticketing service, Flemish transport company De Lijn has already sold 10.000 tickets by SMS.  That’s an average of 1.300 SMS tickets per day.

Buying a SMS ticket can be done by sending the code DL (ticket for 60 minutes) or the code DL120 (ticket for 120 minutes) to the shortcode number 4884.  The confirmation message that is received, can be used as a valid ticket on the bus.  The ticket costs 1,30 euro for 1 hour or 2,10 euro for 2 hours, which is about 28% cheaper than the tickets bought from the bus driver.

Smartphones will drive growth of the mobile market

2010 will be the first year where as many smartphones will be sold as traditional mobile phones.

According to a study of Royal Bank of Scotland, the smartphone market will grow steadily with 19% per year until 2012. At that moment 2 out 3 telephones sold will be smartphones.

Traditional mobile phones will see their sales volumes drop at a yearly rate of 10% until 2012. The developing countries will most likely be the key drivers of sales volumes for these devices.

In last quarter of 2009, 324 million mobile phones have been sold, an increase of 10% on a year-by-year basis. The sales of smartphone has grown in the same period with 30% with 53 million devices sold (16% of sales). Nokia is still market leader in this segment with a market share of 39%, followed by RIM /BlackBerry (19,8%) and Apple (14,4%).

Source: Le Journal du Net

SMS action for Haiti extended: Already more than 420.000 Euro raised

The action “SMS 4666”, organised by MobileWeb and the mobile operators KPN Group Belgium/BASE, Mobistar and Proximus, has currently raised more than 420.000 Euro. Between the 17th  and the 29th of January, the clients of the mobile operators sent more than 420.000 SMS messages to the number 4666 to participate to the fund raising for the benefit of the victims of the destructive earthquake in Haiti. Because of this prove of national generosity, the  mobile operators and their technical partner MobileWeb have decided to extend the SMS action until the 15th of February at midnight.

Until february 15th, clients can still send an SMS with the code YES to the number 4666 to contribute to the aid to the victims in Haïti.  To support the Belgian consortium, an SMS with “1212” to 4666 will do.  A donation to the Red Cross is possible with the message “SOS” to 4666. Doctors Without Frontiers raise funds with the keyword “AZG” to 4666.   The mobile operators and their technical partner MobileWeb will donate all SMS donations in their entirety to the participating humanitarian organisations. On the website www.sms4666.be, MobileWeb gives more information about these organisations.

Radio 1212 collects 227.258 EUR via SMS donations on 4666

Radio 1212, the joint action of the 5 major Flemish radio stations JoeFM, MNM, Q-Music, Radio2 and Studio Brussel, has marked a historical record in mobile fundraising in Belgium.

On Friday January 22nd 2010, between 8.00 and 20.00hr,  exactly 227.258 SMS have been sent to the shortcode 4666, equaling as many euros for the victims of Haiti.

SMS 4666 is a joint initiative of MobileWeb and the mobile operators KPN Belgium, Mobistar and Proximus. Every SMS of 1 euro is entirely transferred to the not-for-profit associations supporting the victims of Haiti. More info www.sms4666.be.