Does anyone know someone who uses text on a phone that has no internet browsing capability?

I was completely unaware of the disappearance of the basic cell phone...

It looks like even Go Phones are mobile internet ready now.

Smart phones reach 28% of U.S. Mobile Sales

Both articles draw these statistics from an NPD group report on Q2 2009 Mobile Phone Sales.
Obviously, device capability and services being subscribed to are two different things, and at $19.99 for 100 MB of data, a Go Phone is a pricey browser.

I can't agree with / didn't get the conclusions of this article

The title says, "Advertising Growth Spreads in All Mobile Formats"

The stats:

  • "38% of US mobile phone owners recall seeing advertising on their cell phones in the Q1 of 2009"
  • "...for Smartphone (such as iPhone) users, 59% recalled seeing mobile advertising"  (From this point on, it looks like "iPhone" is used as a generic term for "Smartphone"

The iPhone has only about 10% market share in terms of sales.  See:  Wikipedia:  Smartphone and cnet: Apple doubles its iPhone market share.  Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Symbian, Palm, and WebOS are definitely not iPhone users.

A second problem I see with the analysis is quoting the percentage of users who "recall" ads in various mediums and targets ("iPhone" vs. "non iPhone").  Wouldn't it be more useful to look at a report of who is serving ads and at what volume, to at least gauge how well the "recalling" of seeing ads matches the volume of ads being presented?  After all, standard banner ads, pop-ups, and pop-unders are often blocked out by the website visitor.  Only interstitials and page covering intrusive creatives which prevent website use by expanding over the web page really even demand the user's attention anymore.

Link:  MediaPost Publications Advertising Growth Spreads in All Mobile Formats 05/27/2009.

Comparison Table of SMS Gateway Providers and some good mobile information

I've been trying to ramp up my knowledge of mobile and SMS. Every time I find a small tidbit of information it always leads me to 10 other things I want to read up on.

What I found this morning:

List of providers of short codes, short codes for SMS reverse billing and premium SMS, SMS messaging:

Comparison Table of SMS Gateway Providers (SMS Service Providers, SMS Resellers, SMS Brokers).

This site also has a good Short Message Service / SMS Tutorial as well as tutorials on WAP CSS / WCSS, WML, and XHTML MP.

Another page that I'm interested in: SMS Tutorial: How to Receive SMS Messages Using a Computer / PC