First, it was landlines and talking. Then, landlines and internet access. Then, it was cell phones. Now it’s cell phones and internet access. Jenna Wortham points out the obvious trend in The New York Times:
Instead of talking on their cellphones, people are making use of all the extras that iPhones, BlackBerrys and other smartphones were also designed to do — browse the Web, listen to music, watch television, play games and send e-mail and text messages.
And for the first time in the United States, the amount of data in text, e-mail messages, streaming video, music and other services on mobile devices in 2009 surpassed the amount of voice data in cellphone calls, industry executives and analysts say.
Now we know why Apple moved so quickly into the mobile device arena.