Callers outsmart their mobile phones

Smartphones may be smart, yet depending on how you look at it, half of callers using Smartphones are smart or half of those using Basic Mobile Phones are smart.

If subscribers aren’t fully enjoying their Smartphones, they are more likely to switch handsets, churn carriers, and possibly downgrade to a Basic Mobile Phone.

Based our recent Technology User Profile survey, just over half (54%) of Smartphone users use their Smartphones for many activities – 11 or more on average. That means less than half (46%) are not using that many, and in fact 18% use their Smartphones for 4 or fewer activities.

By comparision, users of Basic Mobile Phones aren’t all that basic. Just over half (also 54%) use their Basic Mobile Phone for 4 or fewer activities. An enterprising and active eighth (12%) of Basic Mobile Phone users find ways to use these phones for 11 or more activities, rivalling the offerings of Smartphones.

It may not be surprising that callers who paid for a Smartphone are more active and Basic Mobile Phone users are less active. What’s surprising is how many of each are outside the norm. That creative 12% group of super-active Basic Mobile Phone users are worthy of study, so we can all know how they manage to get more for less. Also of interest is that sizable group (18%) of callers who recently acquired a Smartphone and simply aren’t using it to its full potential. This is a worrisome segment for carriers and device makers alike, as these are the most vulnerable customers, and most likely to switchto a competitive handset, to a different carrier who might support that handset, or even to find a Basic Mobile Phone which fits their usage pattern.

About this TUPdate

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This particular TUPdate draws on the 2010 Technology User Profile Annual Edition – US. Contact MetaFacts for more information.

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