A recent survey on wireless data-comm usage showed some interesting results.
You've got to love surveys. Somehow, regardless of how the data comes out, there's always a way to put a positive spin on it. Here's a survey I recently came across, conducted by Tatara Systems, a developer of converged mobile solutions.
The survey looked at wireless data-comm usage for business users. It revealed that most users don't understand the differences between 3G, GPRS, and Wi-Fi; that Wi-Fi use through hot spots is more popular than Wi-Fi use at home, and that laptop users buy coffee just so they can access hot spots.
If this survey was taken of non-business users, I'd be more inclined to believe it, although I've got to admit, I've purchased a cup of coffee just to get free hot-spot access. The majority of those polled (75%) used a wireless-enabled laptop at the free hot spot, while 14% used a Blackberry device.
I'm probably jaded because I'm so close to the technology, but I hope that users are more intelligent about wireless connections in general than this survey showed.