50% of mobile web traffic from smartphones is related to the iPhone

50% of mobile web traffic from smartphones is related to the iPhone
If a coin were to represent all the mobile web traffic related to smartphones in the U.S., heads could be the Apple iPhone and tails could be the remaining smartphone handsets in the States, according to figures released by AdMob Mobile Metrics. The 50% share of mobile web traffic that the Apple touchscreen device has garnered represents a major grab of market share in less than a year. Last August, the iPhone was responsible for only 10% of the same mobile web traffic which indicates how much of the pie the device has grabbed from the other models. During the same period, BlackBerry's share of the same data traffic dropped from 32% to 21% with the Curve and Pearl holding the second and third places respectively. Windows Mobile devices tumbled from holding a 30% share to a much smaller 13%. Palm's share has gone from 19% to 7%. The Android OS, represented by the G1, has captured a 5% share.

Looking at the world-wide smartphone related mobile web traffic, the iPhone remains the leader among specific devices with a third of the total. But with seven Nokia made handsets in the top ten, the Symbian OS is the worldwide leader with 43% of the total market share.

Which phone do you use for mobile browsing, and what sites do you visit?

source: TechCrunch



1. Hlorri

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2008

Currently: Nokia N85; in the future: Nokia N97. If it were only for web browsing (and even e-mail) I might have chosen the iPhone - or certainly something with larger screen than the N85/N95, etc. The problem with the iPhone is that it is too restrictive overall though: * No multitasking * Very limited Bluetooth stack (e.g. no stereo audio, keyboard support, file transfer, vCard transfer, tethering, etc. etc.) * The camera is a joke (e.g. no video recording, flash) * Applications can only be downloaded from the Apple Store, terms and conditions apply (e.g. no 3rd party web browser, GPS navigation software, etc) -- not even standard mobile MIDP/J2ME applications * No official unlocking, even after your contract expires. Can't by prepaid SIM while abroad - pay roaming charges to AT&T. * More expensive data plan compared to unlocked phones ($30/month vs. $15 or $10 for unliimited data, depending on whether you have unlimited messaging as well) -- this adds up to a difference of $360 or $480 over the 2-year lock-in period. (More than enough to offset the cost of an unlocked phone). To me, the iPhone is little more than a fashion phone - the new RAZR if you will.

2. mcmkone

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 24, 2009

I actually agree with you there mate... lets see what they do with the new I-Phone then?

3. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

He just asked what phone you use and which sites do you go to most often. I use the iPhone and the website I go to most is this one from my phone. A lot of the things you said can be contradicted though. Stereo Bluetooth will be supported in iPhone 3.0, 96% of all submitted applications are put through the store (so if those third party developers wanted their apps in the app store, they most likely will get it in there, (the camera is pretty good when outside, and I don't really know or care about unlocking the phone. The cost is worth it to me (but the next iPhone better not be a cent higher or Im sticking with this phone). Also a pro is that the iPhone doesn't look like crap like I think the N95 does but the N97 looks okay. This probably holds no value but Razrs were always terrible in my eyes.

4. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I really messed up with those parenthesis. I thought there was suppose to be like a 2 minute thing for that.

5. surethom

Posts: 1661; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

It may be true that 50% of mobile internet traffic is on a iphone but will this still be the case when the 2 year iphone contract ends in June/July, allot will opt to renew & have the next iphone but if a 5 mega pixel camera/flash & a FM radio tuner is not on the next iphone I believe thousands will opt for another phone (Android, Winmobile or Symbian).

6. The Doc

Posts: 122; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I have a question. Aside from the fact that this post was a repeat from a similar post recently, in my opinion, why is the iPhone still being compared to smartphones? IT'S NOT A SMARTPHONE! Compare it's data traffic to the LG Dare or Voyager and see how it stacks up. I can almost gaurantee that those phones use more data traffic than the iPhone with VCAST Music/Get It Now/Mobile Web. I could be wrong but they are comparing apples to oranges...

7. igor550

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 16, 2008

What's so smart in BB and windows? I used to have both. Could not see anything on the screen, took me forever to go to phonearena news. And how many times a day do you copy and paste on your smartphone?

9. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I agree its not a 'smartphone', but whats the definition of a smartphone? Just because your phone can open up a word doc or anything along those lines doesn't really make it a smartphone, I mean, this is 2009, there are so many advancements to the whole idea of a cell phone; you can browse pretty much any content online and stream videos, if that doesn't make your phone smart, what does? 'Smartphone' is name created by cell carriers to get drones to pay the extra $30 for a PDA data plan.. thats all; even though half of them actually use the phone for business.

14. atoy

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 25, 2009

artz1986, I used to use an iPhone before I sold it to my roommate and switched back to WinMo (Fuze). What I define a smartphone is: 1. MUST be able to sync data with my home pc and my office's. 2. MUST be able to edit Word and Excel because sometimes there isn't enough time and space to do it on laptop before presentation. 3. MUST be able to transfer files (not the whole MMS thing, that's for kids and teenagers), we need to get the whole document sent to the office to get it signed and receive that pdf document back and print it on the spot so others can sign it as well. 4. MUST be able to serve as a modem to my laptop. 4. Video and music playback is a nice addition, but those features are available on non-smartphones nowadays, like you said, without paying the extra $30. So artz, I would really think hard before I say something like' smartphone' is a name created by carriers to get drones to pay the extra $30. That $30 would mean nothing when you need it, you would even pay hundreds of dollars to get those features I said when you get the chance to make a fortune out of it. I remember a web designer showed us his flash website to us on his phone (it was at&t tilt), and we were so impressed we paid him good money to re-design our company's website. no offence to LG Voyager and iPhone, but that web designer would not make good money from us had he used Voyager or iPhone which can't show flash websites.

16. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I mean, I agree with what you're saying, but I guess we have different perceptions to what makes a phone 'smart'

8. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I'm using the VU, which isn't a bad phone, only wish it had a 3.5mm headphone jack, the headphones that came with it suck, but anyway... phone: LG VU web sits: SWINDLEMAGAZINE.COM Juxtapoz.com Lastnightsparty.com Msn Myspace [the HTML browser isn't bad, the only problem is when it comes to loading pictures the phone lags a bit, but nothing insanely bad]

10. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i have the bb STORM some websites: phonearena crackberry facebook weather nhl ebay bank of america

11. The Doc

Posts: 122; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

My definition of a smartphone/pda would be a phone that allows you to manage documents(copy/paste/send), have emails sent and received with push technology, MMS messaging, fast data speeds, customizable interface....AND MUST BE ON THE VZW NETWORK!!! The iphone is not a smartphone. And I was just kidding about MMS Messaging...GO VZW!! HAHAHA

13. murmermer

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 25, 2009

So your saying the iPhone will be a smartphone after this summer when 3.0 comes out? so full browsing and document viewers, wifi (well of course not WIFI you have Verizon), the ability to download over 15000 apps (3000 of which are business apps), the ability to use it as a storage device through a WIFI connection, one of the most streamline user interfaces to ever reach consumer hands... none of these features are considered to be part of a smartphone? last I checked you cant EDIT a WORD document on a S60 phone until you buy the software. With Blackberry you weren't able to edit anything Windows until this last software release! If your jealous Verizon said "NO" to the iPhone and AT&T said "SURE"

12. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I feel the more comments I read on this site the dumber I become. People need to leave valid comments and stop spamming up every article with how much they love their carrier because really, other then you, who the hell cares?

15. The Spartan

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

I'd like to see people spam "SPRINT FTW!" because you don't get to see that everyday. /JK, LOL.

17. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Sprint FTW!!!! Yeah!......... :)

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