I recently attended a conference put on by the Yankee Group that looked at the various aspects of wireless technology, with an emphasis on cellular. Some interesting facts that emanated from the conference:
- In the US, more wireless minutes are used than wireline minutes. I found that pretty hard to believe.
- In 2006, more than 2 trillion wireless minutes will be used. Wow!
- In 2004, 70 billion photos were taken with camera phones. That number will likely double this year. However, less than 1% of those photos ever leave the phone.
I'm quite familiar with the term "triple play." I've come to realize that the term is now pass. The new term that providers are going after is quadruple play, meaning television, Internet, wired phone, and wireless phone.
Carriers are now less concerned with increasing their number of "users" as they are with increasing those users' "usage." That's now the real revenue driver.
And finally, today's handset designers must think outside the box (or handset). They must also strongly consider the peripherals that might be connected to the handset, as well as the potential PC user interface that's becoming popular when the handset is connected to the PC.