Almost half of mobile users use only voice and SMS

Features of smartphones and cellular networks in recent years stepped far forward: the performance of equipment and devices is growing, as data transmission speed and the number of services. Meanwhile, not all users are equally interested in the achievements of progress. The needs of a significant number of subscribers covered by the functions of voice and SMS. This is evidenced by statistics compiled in the report by GSMA Intelligence.

Experts GSMA Intelligence there are four user groups according to the degree of enthusiasm with new technologies. As it turned out, the proportion of those who use phones only for voice and SMS, is 47%. Analysts believe that over time it will decrease so that by 2030 will be 29%. The main factor named fuller involvement of users in developing countries due to the fact that options cellular connections will become more affordable. The perception that advanced features are only young subscribers is simplistic: in South Korea, for example, more than a quarter of smartphone users belong to the age group of 51-69 years.

By the way, South Korea leads in the share of those who fully utilizes cutting-edge technology. In second place is Qatar, the third — USA. It is interesting that in the US, SMS is used more often than similar IP services. Among European countries we can mention Denmark and Finland, which occupy the fifth and sixth places respectively.

The report, covering 56 countries, representing approximately 80% of the total population of the planet, was the first, but now it is planned to make annually.

Source: GSMA

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