A recent study of 4,100 mobile phone users across 16 countries conducted by the enterprise software company Sybase, Inc. indicated that the United States significantly lags behind other nations in terms of “mobilization.” The survey, which ranked countries based on mobile communication use, mobile access to information, and the ability to conduct mobile commerce, concluded that that U.S. finished last or close to last in every category.
Research shows the United States ranks last in terms of basic mobile communication use such as text and instant messaging.
Only 35.1% of consumers surveyed reported that they used their phones for these purposes, which is small, especially when compared to the 90% of Chinese consumers who said that the functions were essential.
Need for Greater Access
While the cell phone market in the U.S. is generally regarded as one of the largest and most successful in the world, it finished near the bottom of the pack when it came to mobile access to information.
A different Sybase survey conducted earlier this year regarding smartphone use revealed that more than half of respondents (59.8%) felt that they had access to less than 10% of the data they needed to conduct their personal lives.
Reform and the Future of the Mobile Communication Industry
The stats underscored the need for reform in the mobile communication field, and advocates in Washington, D.C. have already called for the construction of a better nationwide mobile network. Within the next decade, the United States hopes to emerge as a world leader in mobile innovation by creating a highly modern and extensive wireless network.