New blog post on Pew Internet Project website

My latest “masterpiece” resides on the Pew Internet site here.

Want a little taste? Well here’s a scoop of yummy mobile Internet goodness:

John Horrigan’s recent data memo on mobile internet access spotlights a growing trend: consumers are increasingly relying on mobile technologies (cell phones, smartphones, PDAs, etc.) to stay connected on the go. In the memo, Horrigan cites recent Pew Internet data showing that Americans now list their cell phones as the most difficult technology to give up. At the same time, the percentage of consumers saying they would have a hard time giving up their Blackberry or other wireless email device has increased six-fold in the last five years, from 6% of American adults in 2002 to 36% in 2007.

These data support current trends within the business sector, and recent reports from some of the country’s biggest technology companies back up Pew’s findings. Americans want the freedom to access the internet anywhere and at any time, and technology is currently evolving to meet this demand. [More…]


Those Germans must really, REALLY want their iPhones


First, the good news: According to Reuters, T-Mobile will sell the iPhone in Germany without a contract requirement.


And, the bad news: If you want the phone without a contract, it will cost you almost US$1500.


Holy crap. I don’t know, maybe the Germans have rooms filled with money like Scrooge McDuck, but I have a sneaking suspicion they aren’t keeping 1000 euros set aside for a rainy day when they can blow it on a little phone. Don’t get me wrong. I definitely like the iPhone, but I would never ever be able to justify spending that kind of money on a phone (unless it was made of pure gold and I could resell it). I’m one of those people who has a hard time spending any amount of money for a phone after the discounts, rebates and $100 off for renewing my 2-year contract. (Which is why I still have a Razor, even though I have dropped it in a toilet and gotten it wet on two other occasions. Surprisingly it still works. Well, kind of.)

So my advice to Germans: Don’t do it! It’s not worth it! It’s just a freakin’ phone people! I have first-mover friends who have to spend ridiculous amounts of money just so they can say they bought whatever gadget on the first day it was available. I think those friends are crazy, and you will be too if you spend that kind of money on a phone. If you desperately need to spend money, I’d be happy to give you my address and you can send me a check. Sound good to you? Fantastic.