Sue Walsh brought up a good point in Gadgetell on Deloitte research that found holiday shoppers are going mobile this year. Walsh wrote, “A new study out by Deloitte has found that more consumers then ever plan to use the web and their cellphones to find those bargains. They surveyed over 10,000 consumers about their holiday shopping plans. The study found that 45% plan to use their cell phones to research prices and 32% will use them to search for discounts. 25% will even go so far as to actually buy gifts on their phones.”
What do you think? Will you shop with your mobile phone? What will you consider buying with it? For you merchants, will you sell items through a mobile platform this year?
November 12th, 2009
We’re as curious as you are about the latest news on Google’s Android and found a few great places to learn more about Android as it’s being compared to the iPhone.
Google Android News Feed on Yahoo! Pipes
Google blog search
November 9th, 2009
Mobile isn’t burgeoning anymore, it has arrived. How can we tell? How can’t you?
Starbucks has adopted mobile payments in its stores. Amazon debuts a payment system. Mobile phone stores are almost equaling the number of coffee shops on local streets.
Maybe that’s an exaggeration.
But, we’ve seen AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and MetroPCS stores open all within one block of one another – and even watched mobile phone companies enter fertile markets such as rural Africa and India.
Were the fast food wars even this explosive?
October 5th, 2009
With Nokia’s introduction of the Booklet 3G, the lines between mobile devices and computers are clearly blurring. Dell is venturing into the mobile device space. “Mobile devices have evolved to use wi-fi access. Portable computers have evolved to connect to the Internet via wireless broadband networks. Mobile devices have increased processing capacity and memory and are essentially computers that fit in your pocket. Portable computers have shrunk to the point that they are basically mobile phones on steroids.”
August 25th, 2009
Will the mobile phone, aided by NFC, “stage a coup” over the traditional wallet?. CNN cites analysis by Forrester and Gartner to say, “maybe”, discussing security concerns, and that acceptance of global trends by U.S. consumers is not automatic. Mobile banking and payments by SMS are mentioned in passing.
August 14th, 2009
In the three previous months, with the final day of the period being on June 30th, top wireless service provider At&t made over $3.77 billion in profit! This is over $800,000 more than what At&t made in such a period only a year before, marking a 30% increase in profits. And what can be attributed to such a rise? Mobile phones of course! Even though the giant lost over 1.5 million land line customers in the quarter, they have gain over 1.3 million back in mobile customers– and these mobile customers have some serious monthly plans. With their addition, wireless unit revenue grew 16% and data revenue rose a monstrous 52%. The global launch of the iPhone 3G was a huge influence, as the company said sales of the iPhone 3G were twice that of results from the first launch in the first 12 days. Looks like yet another sign of change towards a mobile world.
Technorati Tags: at&t, mobile phone, profits, at&t subscribers, users, wireless service provider, iPhone 3g
July 23rd, 2008
Yes, after all the talk of the new 3G network, the faster and better way for mobile phones to access the mobile web, the iPhone 3G, Blackberry Bold, and countless other handsets specifically developed for this “cutting edge” technology, Verizon goes and jumps immediately to 4G. As of this morning, head executives announced that Verizon Wireless would be launching a 4G network in 2010, for both better speed and a superior technology platform. Now, as far as I know, these transitions from 1st generation phones to 2nd generation to 3rd generation are supposed to mark giant leaps in the mobile field… so whether or not the change to 4G will live up to the first 2 transitions is questionable at best. But still, the fact that mobile networks are becoming so powerful and fast is a great trend to see! Here’s a chart to give an idea of how 4G speed is supposed to perform.
Technorati Tags: verizon wireless, 4g, iPhone 3g, Blackberry Bold, 2010, 4th generation, mobile network, mobile phone
July 16th, 2008