Rise Of Mobile & Internet Users
- By Sam George
- Published 03/5/2008
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of mobile devices worldwide has surpassed 3.3 billion–roughly half of the world’s population. In Japan and several other countries, more people access the Web through mobile devices than fixed PCs.
Several countries, including the United Kingdom, now have more mobile phones than people. There are over 500 million active mobile phone accounts in China, as compared to 275 million in India by the end of 2007. Luxembourg has the highest mobile phone penetration rate in the world, at 164% in December 2001. In Hong Kong the penetration rate reached 139.8% of the population in July 2007.
The total number of mobile phone subscribers in the world was estimated at 2.14 billion in 2005. The subscriber count reached 2.7 billion by the end of 2006 according to Informa, and 3.3 billion by November 2007, thus reaching an equivalent of over half the planet’s population.
What are its implications? Does your website content support mobile devices? Recently I tried browsing the Coconut Generation site over an iphone and realized that the flash based main page is not accessible easily, browsing is not easy. Watch out for the next version. Prepare exclusively mobile device strategy for dissemination of information, newsletter, soliciting donations, customer service, networking etc.
Are you ready for the new world?