Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cords Continue To Get Cut

Earlier this spring, polls revealed that Americans increasingly rely exclusively on cellphones for phone service.
The exclusive use of cellphones has been growing steadily nationwide, hitting 27 percent of U.S. households in the first half of 2010, an eightfold increase in just six years.
Now, according to The Washington Post, a  Pew Research Center poll of smart phone use found that cell phones may soon compete with laptops as the portable computer of choice.
In the center’s first stand-alone examination of smartphone use, it found that 33 percent of users said their phones were smartphones and 39 percent said their phones operate a smartphone platform such as iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone or Palm.
Adoption rates were unsurprisingly higher among wealthier users, and the study found that college-educated users, those under 45, and black and Latinos also had above-average adoption rates.
About two-thirds of those surveyed said they used their phones for e-mail and Web surfing on a typical day and a quarter of smartphone users said their phone is the main way they access the Internet.
In fact, about one-third of those who said they use their cell phones as their main device for Internet access said they have cut the cord and have no high-speed broadband connection at their homes at all.
Based on my two years with a smart phone, I can't think of many things that I need to use the laptop to do.  I'm not a power gamer, so the I really don't care about whether I can play the latest game.  I can't type blog posts; some videos don't play well.  That's about it.

I'm neither wealthy nor young, so if I'm in on a trend, it seems that cable companies and phone companies may have to find new ways to hook customers to a cord.

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