The sun rises in the east, and in the last decade many advances in mobile phones have come from the Far East. And if trends hold true, the latest findings from Southeast Asia could be a sign of a world more focused on wireless than wires. The latest findings in Opera’s State of the Mobile Web suggest that more and more users are using the mobile Web over the traditional Web. And for business users in America this could be a sign of things to come.
“There is an incredible appetite in Southeast Asia for the mobile Web,” says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “Impressive growth figures for usage, data transfers and page views underscore this demand. Helping users reach the sites that are important in their daily lives is our main priority and commitment with Opera Mini.”
The report further stresses that in many Southeast Asian countries the mobile Web exists not because it complements existing means of access, but rather because it is the only way to access the Web. This trend in Asia is unique, but of course Africa is already seeing mobile as the primary way to get on the Internet at all. Earlier this year Egypt passed Poland and even the United Kingdom in terms of mobile web usage. So for business users, if your travel takes to exotic locations, consider bringing a mobile device if you need to the Web.
Doro Phones Come to America
From the other side of the world comes another interesting trend, namely mobile phones designed for boomers and active seniors. While many Americans are putting off retirement – or unfortunately having to put off retirement as their portfolios may have taken a bump – one area where these workers have been unable to keep up is in terms of technology.
So while some boomers and working seniors might not be so eager to use a Palm Treo, Apple iPhone or Blackberry Storm, the new Doro Handle Easy 300 GSM and Doro HandleEasy 326i GSM phones offer an alternative.
The palm-sized (as opposed to Palm Pilot sized) Doro HandleEasy 330gsm features a high-contrast color screen, text messaging functionality, FM radio, multi-ringtones and even a speakerphone. There is a built in directory, which can even be stored on the user’s SIM card. The Doro HandleEasy 326i gsm also features a larger than average keypad, four speed-dial buttons, a phone directory and speakerphone.
Obviously these aren’t designed to be work phones, but the designs are sleek enough and feature interfaces simple enough for even mobile phone novices to be able to handle some more advanced tasks. And more importantly hopefully other manufacturers will learn that sometimes a basic phone is all you need to give an employee. Not everyone needs the functionality of a smartphone. So thank you Doro for understanding that fact.