Thursday, April 05, 2012

Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 1, 2012

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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Smartphone penetration has reached nearly 50 percent among U.S. mobile subscribers, up from 36 percent a year earlier, according to data from Nielsen. More than two-thirds of consumers buying in the last three months opted for a smartphone.  Read Original Content

According to a report from Juniper Research, mobile phone firms are losing $58 billion (£36 billion) a year worldwide to billing errors and fraud.  The report found operators were "leaking" revenue because the complexity of networks made fraud and errors harder to spot.  Read Original Content

In the first quarter of last year, Android gained 7 points of market share in the U.S. smartphone market. The iPhone's share was dead in the water. The reason this was (and still is) a risk for Apple is that smartphones have become a platform game, which tend to be winner-take-all.  Read Original Content

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Outlandish international roaming charges will come to an end in Europe this summer as the European Union reached a preliminary deal to drop roaming charges significantly, capping the rates for voice calls, text messages and data for users.  Read Original Content


Dell has stopped selling smartphones in the U.S. as it tweaks its mobile strategy to focus more on emerging markets and higher-margin products.  Read Original Content

According to a new report from ABI Research, global handset shipments will increase 29 percent from 1.7 billion in 2012 to 2.2 billion in 2016.  Read Original Content

Mobile data could increase thirty-fold by 2030, according to Ofcom.  Read Original Content

Gartner’s 2012 BI Magic Quadrant survey indicates that 53 percent of organizations will deliver some form of mobile analytics by year’s end.  The same report revealed that many organizations are beginning to apply BI and analytics to new business areas.  Read Original Content

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has released the results of an extensive survey of 5,600 U.S. high school students, which indicate that 34 percent of those surveyed now own an iPhone.  Read Original Content

After surveying more than 30,000 mobile phone subscribers, ComScore found that Google has continued to grow its share in the U.S. market with 50.1 percent of all smartphone subscribers using an Android-based phone. Read Original Content

The new social network, RentSocial is attracting an audience in the U.S., but will foreseeably gain traction worldwide with the potential to demonstrate the mobile platform’s transformative power.  Read Original Content

According to eMarketer, tablets are slated to be adopted more quickly than smartphones in the U.S. By 2014 more than one-third of Internet users from the U.S. will own tablets. Currently, almost three quarters of U.S. tablet users own an iPad, according to Forrester Research.  Read Original Content

ComScore says a significantly higher percentage of iPhones than Android phones are connecting to the Internet via Wi-Fi networks.  Read Original Content

Struggling cellphone maker Nokia has launched its first smartphone design for China, looking to the world's biggest market to help drive a corporate turnaround.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has slashed the retail price of some of its smartphone models in India by up to 27 percent, according to a report by Reuters.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.