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May 31, 2014

Mobility TechZone Week in Review

Recognizing that we live in an increasingly mobile world is key to understanding how the modern world works, with businesses and consumers alike taking advantage of mobile Internet technology. Furthermore, this technology is constantly evolving, with new innovations allowing for increased competition, and better products as a result. Here is a look back at some of the top headlines made in the mobile technology world in the past week alone, showing just how quickly this technology is growing.

A recent study of business travelers and mobile workers conducted by iPass surveyed more than 2,000 respondents, and found that an overwhelming 80 percent of them preferred using Wi-Fi Internet access above all other forms of connecting to the Internet when working outside of the office. Despite the existence of powerful 4G and 3G LTE mobile networks, which offer service to most locations workers might go to, the patchy nature of these networks simply can't compare to the reliability and speed of a Wi-Fi network. Additionally, respondents noted that using Wi-Fi is simply cheaper, as they don't have to pay for their Internet based on the amount of data that they are using.

However, this is not to say that these mobile data networks are not being used. To the contrary, mobile data is on the rise around the world, and particularly video data is rapidly increasing. According to iGR, mobile video is expected to generate more than half of all mobile Internet traffic sometime in the year 2018. This is driven largely by the fact that more devices that can play video on the go are entering the hands of consumers, and that faster LTE networks are able to deliver these videos without issue.

Which devices are in the hands of consumers also seems to be in a transitional period, as Samsung is beginning to overtake Apple in smartphone customer satisfaction. Apple is still selling far more devices than Samsung is able to dish out, but increasingly more Apple customers are growing more disappointed with their devices, while Samsung's users are reporting an 81 percent satisfaction rate (compared to Apple's 79 percent).

Meanwhile, the Wireless History Foundation has elected to commemorate Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt by inducting him into the prestigious Wireless Hall of Fame. Uddenfeldt is described as “one of the fathers of the Networked Society,” and was on the ground floor for several important wireless achievements, including the invention of 2G, 3G and LTE technologies.

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