Mobile Future

Mobile Year in Review 2011

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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