Wi-Fi connectivity in phones becoming more popular

Wi-Fi connectivity in phones becoming more popular
In only the last few years, the wireless industry has seen a boom in Wi-Fi connectivity included on some smart phones.  With 3G making its infrastructure establishment through major carriers, Wi-Fi still continues to be a major player in wireless use. According to a study conducted by ABI research, 75 percent of people who have Wi-Fi on their phone actually use it. Additionally, more than half of the iPhone traffic is going through Wi-Fi. Although it’s still not a standard component on all phones, more smart phones are seeing the advantage of it for heavy download use. The other great thing is that it alleviates a lot of stress off of data networks. Soon we’ll probably start seeing 4G take its place as the supreme data network. Looking into some of the other numbers about Wi-Fi that ABI research released, it’s a safe bet to see usage increase in the upcoming years. They predict that 90 percent of smart phones will have Wi-Fi available by 2014 when compared to 44 percent currently.

via Computerworld

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5 Comments

1. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I'd imagine that it should. Wi-Fi should automatically be included in smartphones because 9 times out of 10, the person will be browsing the Internet with it.

2. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

I have always wondered why more smartphones don't include wi-fi. You would think the carriers want wi-fi b/c it does alleviate the stress on their networks and they charge the same for data plans regardless. You lose a few dollars in int'l roaming you make up for in a stronger more reliable network that requires less maintance

3. VGirl

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 14, 2009

i think its funny. It says that more than half the iphone users are using wi-fi. I wonder if thats because they cant internet service threw the 29.99 data package they have to have with it.

4. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

If I had Wi-Fi on my Curve, I'd use that in a heart beat.

5. MOHFpro90 unregistered

I went from a SLVR to any phone I wanted from Verizon. I chose the XV6800 for two reasons: Wifi and QWERTY. I use it 4-5 times daily, in my appt, on campus and other places.

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