6 Responses to “1/4 of smartphone users rely on their device for Internet access”

  1. Via Madison

    Yes smartphones have become popular to social netizens who want to stay in touch thru the internet with a lowpriced phone. Function wins over the brandname.

  2. Among the implications of these survey results mentioned in the article, they also highlight the growing need to secure and manage smartphones like any other endpoint. I’m a Symantec employee, so security is often top of mind for me. However, this survey brings about a key point we should all be aware of: As smartphones are used in place of traditional platforms for common computing activities — like accessing the Internet, as the survey points out — attackers will begin to target them more heavily. Cybercriminals always go where there is the greatest potential ROI, and that means going to where the people are. As more and more individuals use smartphones for potentially risky behavior, such as surfing the Web, you can bet attackers are not far behind.

    For those interested, Symantec recently conducted a thorough analysis of the iOS and Android platforms, noting areas of strength and weakness in the security models of both. The whitepaper also goes into what organizations can do to protect these devices. It can be found here: http://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/about/media/pdfs/symc_mobile_device_security_june2011.pdf.

  3. Here again we have the big boys making the decisions for the consumers. Wellsfargo has decided that i’m gonna use the mobile site regardless of how I set my browser user agent ie (to desktop) and the address I type in the browser. The request is coming from a mobile network therefore i’m redirected to the mobile site so that I have to wait for several redirects and then click on the full site link to go to where I wanted to go in the first place. This wastes valuable time (especially on 1x instead of 3g,as all road warriors know) and data.
    W3C needs to set the standard so the consumer is the decision maker on how content is delivered to their device not template makers. This is not about oversimplifying things for the webmaster it’s about making things simple for the user. The fewer the clicks and page views to get to the content, the more people will come to and stay on your site.
    When form (galaxy tab 7″ readable screen) and function (articles that aren’t 12 pages deep to serve up one pages worth of content) you’ll have loyal consumers.
    Page views have become a bs metric used to serve up ads multiple times, cheat advertisers, waste time, and waste
    consumers money via excessive data charges.

  4. Nicholas

    I am going to agree with the untethering opinion, but it is not exclusive to that. I have been reliant on a mobile phone and generally another cellular data connection since the launch of the original tablet PC. Was that 2001? Sheesh…

    But the reason had to do with costs as well as behavioral patterns. My son had a cell phone. I didn’t feel like maintaining two lines I never used. And, I was never home, unless my son was with me. Then, we were never home. $100 for data didn’t bother me. We also didn’t own a television.

    This was about pushing the boundaries, and getting rid of silly costs. Frankly, the data issues I get between my iPhone and iPad connected to my Air make me wonder how far we have actually come. Not far enough.