In the movies, the main character hero has to protect his/her sidekick from harm. But in the real world the T-Mobile Sidekick needs the protecting. This mobile handset has the dubious distinction of being the most popular with thieves. NPD Group, which has never listed the phone as one of the top five selling handsets, has listed the phone as being among the more popular to steal – in part because it is easier to resell given its popularity with the youth market.
Phones that use a SIM card, which makes it easier to transfer to a new user, are typically more attractive to thieves. Unlocking the phone typically means that some features, such as AOL Instant Messaging are often disabled, but this hardly hurts the illegal resale market.
To protect your handset say law enforcement experts is to limit about using it to text or make calls. Ironically, if it is stolen you won’t be able to call for help!
iPhone Leads With Mobile Web Usage
The most popular handset for viewing the Web is the Apple iPhone. Just released February results from Net Applications suggest that iPhone users account for about 67 percent of the mobile Web, with Windows Mobile following with just 6.91 percent of the traffic measure across tens of thousands of Web sites.
Other smartphones users, including those using Google Android and Symbian OS followed next with about 6.15 percent of the market share, while the PalmOS represented just 2.37 percent of mobile Web use. Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS was used even less at just 2.24 percent. These findings back up AdMob’s research, which suggested that the iPhone was getting half of all U.S. smartphone traffic, and a third of smartphone use worldwide during the month before.
The mobile Web usage will also likely be watched even more closely as Google has improved the capabilities of Google Analytics, by offer users the options to show visits to sites from just the iPhone. This advanced segmentation function of the Google Analytics offers a new advanced segment that offers “Visits from iPhones” to provide the report for any segment, including AdWords performance.
World Wide Mobile Usage on the Rise
It is also worth noting that despite the worldwide economic downturn, mobile subscriptions are still on the rise. These were up from 1 billion in 2002 to 4.1 billion last year, according to a new report published by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations.
This figure of 4.1 billion actually represents six in 10 of the world’s current population, and surprisingly developing nations now account for about two-thirds of mobile phone usage, compared with less than half in 2002. It is also worth noting that landline rose during the same period at a far smaller rate, up from 1 billion to 1.27billion over the same period.
The world continues to go mobile, which will more and more be the way much of the world will view the worldwide Web.