Archive for the ‘ facts & figures ’ Category

SMS action for Haiti: already more than 100.000 euro collected

Press release

On Monday January 18th at 10.00, the customers of mobile operators KPN Group Belgium/BASE, Mobistar and Proximus have already donated more than € 100 000 to the victims of the earthquake in Haïti. Until January 31st at midnight, customers can donate 1 euro by sending a sms message to the number 4666, containing the message “yes” or the code of the organisation they wish to support.  The revenue of the action will be donated in its entirety to help the victims. All information about the participating organisations can be found on the website www.sms4666.be and www.smshaiti.be developed by the technical partner MobileWeb.

 On Friday January 15th, the three mobile operators KPN Group Belgium/BASE, Mobistar and Proximus, in collaboration with MobileWeb, have launched a sms action to help the victims in Haïti. The customers of the three  operators have already sent more than 100.000 SMS messages by Monday morning 10 o’clock.

 The shortcode 4666 is available for all humanitarian organisations that wish to participate to this action. The Belgian Consortium for Urgency Situations and the Red Cross have already joined in.  To support the Consortium, people can send a SMS with the message “1212” to 4666. Donating to the Red Cross is possible by sending a SMS with the message “HAITI” to 4666. All information regarding the participating organisations can be found on the website  www.sms4666.be and www.smshaiti.be.

 Until January 31st at midnight, customers can send a SMS message at 1 euro to the number 4666 with the code of the organisation they wish to support. The mobile operators and MobileWeb will donate the entire amount to the different humanitarian organisations that participate to the action.

Mobile Internet use increases with 148% in 2009

In 2009, the use of the mobile internet has increased with 148% worldwide. 

Mobile devices now represent 1,3% of all web pageviews in North America, with Apple’s iPhone operating system accounting for 65,1% of mobile web traffic in the region.  Google’s Android OS is second at 12,4%, followed by Research In Motion’s BlackBerry OS at 8,7%. 

These numbers come from a study of Quantcast, who predicts that the mobile web consumption the US will further increase towards 2,3% by the end of 2010.

Full report here 

One sale every 2 seconds on eBay Mobile

eBay Mobile is doing great: in 2009, there was the sale of a product every 2 seconds via the mobile version of the popular auction site, good for half a billion US dollars worth of transactions.

Especially Christmas is a good period: Xmas 2009 sold three times as much  as Xmas 2008.  Mobile users from more than 200 different countries bought and sold more than 1,5 million items in that week. 

About 6 million iPhone users have eBay downloaded on their device.  More than 750.000 daily unique visitors surf on the auction site via their mobile.

Google to sell own Android phone

Google reportedly plans to begin selling a branded Android smartphone directly to consumers as soon as early 2010 as it continues to broaden its web services portfolio beyond the desktop. Citing sources familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports the device – dubbed the Nexus One – boasts software designed by Google itself, from applications to the user interface of each individual screen; HTC is said to be manufacturing the device hardware.

UPDATE: With the Nexus One, the software giant has now started producing hardware.  It hopes to compete against the iPhone, claiming the Nexus One is faster.  If it really is the long promised iphone killer, will have to be seen.  The smartphone is now avaiilable for British and American consumers through the Google web shop (either device-only at $ 529, either combined with a T-Mobile subscription at $ 179).  Collaborations with Vodafone and Verizon should bring the device respectively the European and US market in the spring of 2010. No details yet whether Nexus One will be available in Belgium anytime soon.

Read more:

Wall Street Journal

De Tijd

– And an interesting comparison between Nexus One and iPhone on Mashable

In other Google news: Google Search was the most visited mobile site in the US in 2009.  Yahoo! Mail comes in second, followed by Gmail, The Weather Channel and Facebook.

Interesting numbers & figures from Nielsen

96,1 million SMS on New Year’s Eve

In the last days of 2009, the Belgian mobile operators were anticipating some 100 million SMS messages to be send on New Year’s Eve.  The end result is a bit less but still a record: 96,1 million messages.  One year earlier, that amount was at 78,3 million.

Proximus treated 40,8 million SMS between 20.00 (31 dec.) and 8.00 (1 jan.), which was 13% more than last year.  Mobistar counted 33,04 million messages (+40%) and Base 22,27 million (+19%).

The many formulas that include free SMS could be one cause for the large increase.  There were no major incidents with the mobile network.

Our Dutch neighbours only sent about 70,4 million messages over the networks of KPN (27,7 million), Vodafone (25,2 million) and T-Mobile (17,5 million).

Nu.nl : more pageviews for App than for Web

Dutch news site Nu.nl reports a shift of web traffic from their mobile website to their mobile apps for iPhone and Android.

In November, the traffic on the Nu.nl mobile site saw a 20% decrease to 20 million pageviews.  However, traffic on their mobile applications saw a rise.  The iPhone app is by far the most popular; numbers for Android are still rather insignificant. 

In the Netherlands, about 2,5 million people log onto the Internet via their mobile phone every month.  About half of all mobile phones sold with a subscription is a smartphone.

More info here

Apple counts down 2009’s top-selling iPhone apps

Apple unveiled iTunes Rewind 2009, a new iTunes storefront feature spotlighting the year’s top-selling iPhone applications and media downloads as well as editors’ selections for the Best of 2009.
According to iTunes Rewind 2009, which encompasses only premium applications for iPhone and iPod touch, Electronic Arts’ The Sims 3 was the App Store’s bestselling game over the past year – Gameloft’s The Oregon Trail followed in second, with EA’s Need for Speed Undercover, Madden NFL 10 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour rounding out the top five.
Navigon AG’s MobileNavigator North America, priced at $89.99, is the top-selling app of 2009, trailed in descending order by MLB.com At Bat, Pinger’s Textfree Unlimited, TomTom U.S. and Canada and Shotzoom Software’s Golfshot: Golf GPS.

More info here