October 22, 2002

SMS -- It's still about...

SMS -- It's still about people communicating

This report from Europemedia.net demonstrates that the principle use of handhelds remains communication, even if they are not talking by voice. SMS text message usage in the United Kingdom rose about 40 percent over the year before. My recent conversations with developers about wireless services has underscored that for European telecoms the priority is driving more SMS messages,  which average a cent or two per use. The automation of delivery of content to the phone from Web sites and the desktop, such as provided by PocketThis, is a major issue, because that can result in dozens of messages sent automatically each month.

The question is, will simple chatty communication suffice. Enterprise and business applications more generally drive big revenues. SMS is not the foundation of a robust data networking capability.

Posted by Mitch Ratcliffe at October 22, 2002 09:08 AM | TrackBack
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