Time flies! I remember party lines on rotary dial phones. Statisticians who put together the following list don’t go back that far. I guess that means I was born in prehistoric times.
1983 – Motorola released the Motorola DynaTAC to the public. It contained a few features save for a basic numeric keypad, a single-line display and a deplorable battery with only one hour of talk time. Even so, it was revolutionary for the time
1993 – First PDA Phone. In 1993, IBM and BellSouth teamed up to release the Simon Personal Communicator, the first mobile phone to feature PDA features.
1996 – First Clamshell Flip Phone. Half a decade after the original MicroTAC, Motorola released an upgrade known as the StarTAC. Inspired by its predecessor, the StarTAC became the first-ever true flip phone
2002 – First BlackBerry Smartphone – Tired of making PDAs, Research in Motion (RIM) finally took the plunge in 2002 with the release of the BlackBerry 5810. It was the first BlackBerry PDA to feature cellular connectivity. (they had two pagers in 1999 but could not use for calls)
2002 – First Camera Phone – The Sanyo SCP-5300 removed the need to buy a Kodak, as it was the first cellular device to feature an integrated camera with a dedicated snapshot button. Unfortunately, it was limited to a 640×480 resolution, 4x digital zoom and 3-foot range.
2007 – Apple iPhone – When Apple entered the cellular industry in 2007, everything changed. Apple replaced the keyboard and keypad with a multi-touch touchscreen display that allowed customers to feel as if they were physically manipulating data with their fingers: clicking links, stretching/shrinking photos and flipping through albums. Plus, it brought the first ever fully featured platform to cell phones. It was as if they took a computer operating system and squished it into a tiny phone.
“In the last twelve months, customers around the world have ordered more than US$1 billion of products from Amazon using a mobile device,” – Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com (July 2010).
Cell Phone TidBytes for the Stat-Starved Masses
I’m preparing a round of Webinars and videos, and it’s fun to pepper presentations with stats. I know that lots of other people are scouring the web for stats, and I am always happy to share the wealth.
- 5.9 billion mobile subscribers worldwide (87% of world population) A huge increase from 5.4 billion in 2010 and 4.7 billion mobile subscriptions in 2009.
- 1.2 billion mobile Web users worldwide
- Mobile devices account for 8.49% of all Website hits.
- In the US 25% of web users are mobile only(never or rarely access web except on phone).
- 1 in 5 mobile subscribers have access to fast mobile internet (3G or better)
- 8 Trillion text messages will be sent in 2011
- Mobile Ad spending is predicted to be $20.6 billion by 201
- Google rakes in $2.5 billion per year in Mobile Ad revenue
- Mobile Apps have been downloaded $10.9 billion times
- Paying by mobile i.e. m-payments will be worth US$240 billion in 2011 and could be over US$1 trillion by 2015
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