New Phone Sales Boost UK Mobile Internet Figures
It looks like people in the UK are actually using the data features available on their shiny new phones. The UK based Mobile Data Association reports users turned 524 million WAP pages on their phones in January for a daily average of 17 million pages. That’s a 25 increase over December. The increased activity is attributed to ringtone downloads and games. Previously the trend was that people were buying new 2.5G handsets but not using the data features. The UK is usually a good indicator of what’s going to happen in the US. For example US SMS adoption is about 10 to 12 months behind the UK numbers. So maybe we’ll see a big jump in WAP service usage in the US in the next few months.