Mobile Future

2011 Mobile Year In Review Video

In 2011, the mobile space saw profound growth and a vast array of new wireless innovations and services emerge. Our annual video, The 2011 Mobile Year in Review, takes a look at the major accomplishments and ground-breaking developments in the wireless space this year. For a more in-depth view of the mobile landscape in 2011, see our accompanying paper 2011 Mobile Year in Review.

Among the key highlights:

Whopping increase in app creation and downloads:

  •  ONE BILLION apps downloaded worldwide each month
  •  $3 BILLION paid by Apple alone to independent apps developers.

Surge in use of social media mobile platforms

  • 166 PERCENT increase in Facebook Mobile users in the first half of 2011 alone.
  • 103 MILLION wireless tweets were posted each day
  • ONE BILLION Foursquare check-ins.
  • 26 PHOTOS were made “hipstery” on Instagram every second

Ongoing explosion in data traffic 

  • EIGHT TRILLION texts were sent – up 1.1 trillion from last year
  • 1800 PERCENT increase in traffic on US networks in four years

Unprecedented competition and choice

  • MORE SMARTPHONES purchased than PCs in the United States
  • MORE WIRELESS SUBSCRIPTIONS than people
  • TWO BILLION networked mobile devices by 2015
  • 4G SERVICES being rolled out by at least six carriers in 2011 alone

Massive potential for job creation and economic growth:

  • 2.4 MILLION American jobs supported by wireless
  • $27.5 BILLION investment in U.S. mobile networks by wireless carriers
  • 500,000 JOBS & $400 BILLION to U.S. GDP from building out 500 MHz of additional spectrum for mobile