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3.3 Billion Mobile Devices = Half the Planet

I wrote recently about how the number of mobile devices dwarfs all other media and how this staggering this statistic is. A recent study puts the number of mobile devices at 3.3 billion, up from the previous number of 2.7 billion. That is one mobile device for half of the world’s population.

Tomi T Ahonen provides some context on these new numbers:

  • Growth is accelerating, not slowing down as many predicted
  • 3.3 billion is the number of devices, not the number of people. Many people have more than one phone. Italy has a 140% subscriber rate. The number of people using mobile devices is 2.55 billion which means there is still room to grow.

Much like Tomi’s previous article, the real perspective comes from his comparison of the number of mobile devices (3.3 billion) to things we take for granted. For example. there are only 1.5 billion people in the world who have credit cards.

NYT’s Pogue: “The Year of the Cellphone”

The New York Times just published a retrospective piece by David Pogue in which he looks back on tech trends in 2007 and then starts thinking about 2008. His verdict?

2007 was the year of the cellphone’s marriage to the Internet. All kinds of interesting phones and services were made interesting because they married Internet data with the phones in our pocket: iPhone, GrandCentral, Teleflip, Google Mobile, Pinger, SimulScribe, SpinVox, and so on.

But if you think there was a lot of cellphone news this year, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The coming year is going to be the real Year of the Cellphone.

Pogue cites three big metamorphoses in the U.S. mobile phone world:

  1. Mobile phone carrier networks are starting to accept design innovations from handset designers and manufacturers, instead of just driving features themselves.
  2. Google’s mobile Android operating system.
  3. The masses are revolting: pushbacks on draconian contracts, cancellation fees and the like are finally starting to make a change in carriers’ business practices.

Pogue is looking to 2008 as the real year of the cellphone:

…as convenient as cellphones are, I don’t think anybody will complain if they get better. And in 2008, that’s exactly what they’ll do.

Read the article at the New York Times web site

Office Warming Party

Please join us as we celebrate the grand opening of our new office space and the birth of our new company:

Thursday, Dec 13th at 5:00pm
Cloud Four
107 SE Washington St., Suite 440
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 477-5340
Map (The main entrance to our side of the building is on SE Stark St)

Festive drinks and light appetizers will be served! RSVP if you get a chance (but feel free to drop by).

Cloudies Settle into New Office

Cloud Four’s New Office
We got keys to our office late Thursday afternoon, and by the end of the weekend, the office was together and ready to go. That’s a lot of painting and hauling and lifting and drilling!

We’re settled in now, and getting some work done. Our neighbors are very friendly, and our view expansive. We’re a happy bunch of Clouds.

See more photos of our move-in weekend.