Stats show the US is adopting WiFi, but not dual-mode phones
The last survey from the the Pew Internet & American Life Project indicates about one-third of Internet users in the U.S. have used a wireless connection to surf the Web or check e-mail. For sure, it’s a increase; they were about 22% in February 2004 to use WiFi.
Domestic wireless networks have nearly doubled since the same period last year (19% compared to the 10% in January 2005). About 25% of Internet users said they have a cell phone that can access the Internet, and 54 percent of those with the capability said they have used it to get online.
When it comes to using WiFi connectivity to make phone calls, another survey reports that only one US mobile phone subscriber in 50 will have a Wi-Fi enabled phone by 2010. Ovum consultancy says the US carriers need a “reality check”, and predicts that less than 5.5 million subscribers will have onboard WLAN. This would confirm the trend that the USA is falling behind Europe when it comes to mobile VoIP telephony.
Feb 28, 2007 | By Nuno