As AT&T announces that early termination fees for smartphone users will increase, I wonder why those of us who want to keep up with mobile developments, have to be penalized for it. I’ve had my Droid Eris for six months now, and would be happy to pay, say $100.00 or thereabouts for a new ‘Incredible.’ Instead, I have to wait for the end of my ubiquitous two-year contract before purchasing the state of the art. Geesh!
From last year’s advances, to recent developments, it appears that 2010 will certainly become a significant year for smartphone growth:
- Smartphone Sales – As contracts expire for regular cell phones, many buyers will make their first smartphone purchases. With advancements in mobile technology, prices will continue to decrease and smartphone sales will grow.
- The Application Industry — Apple has created a new, profitable industry with its app store business. Currently, Apple has over 99% of a business which last year had sales of over 4 billion dollars, with nearly one billion dollars profit for the company. It’s only natural that Android, Palm and Windows want some of that action. The consumer could benefit from the competition.
- Social Media & the Smartphone –The smartphone versions of Twitter and Facebook successfully duplicate the user experience of their web counterparts. A recent Ruder Finn study states that 91% of mobile users spend more time socializing than non-mobile users (79%). Smartphones and social media are made for each other and will both benefit from each other’s success. Read the rest of this entry »
A deal has recently been announced whereby Google’s ‘Android’ platform will utilize the highly rated Verizon Wireless network. New phones are in development, expected to become available early next year.
What’s particularly pleasing about the news is that the Google Voice application will be included. Google Voice translates voice mails into texts and allows the same phone number to be used with multiple phone locations. Take that iPhone!
Phone/carrier exclusivity, overcharging for texting and billing, the New York Time’s Technology editor David Pogue, blasts the practices of the cellphone industry.