Wireless technologies lead to new economic and social opportunities
(Washington, DC) – Today, Mobile Future released an infographic – Latinos Embrace the Mobile Future – showcasing the rapid adoption and transformative impact of wireless technology in the Latino community.
Among the fastest adopters of advanced wireless technology in the United States are the 52 million Latinos who are increasingly using wireless to connect to the Internet. With faster networks and more powerful devices, Latinos are embracing wireless technology to advance healthcare, tap educational tools, and foster economic opportunities.
Some key facts highlighted in Mobile Future’s new infographic include:
- 47% of Latino adults have cut the cord and are wireless only (vs. 34% of all U.S. adults).
- 60% of Latinos own a smartphone (compared with 53% of white, non-Latinos) and 69% of Latinos do their banking on smartphones.
- By 2017, Latinos will purchase one of every five tablets and smartphones.
- Almost half of Latino middle school students use smartphones to help with homework (compared with 36% of white, non-Latino students).
- More than $30 Billion was invested in U.S. wireless networks in 2012.
- 76% of Latinos use mobile technology as their on-ramp to the Internet and 41% spend at least three hours a day on mobile devices.
“Mobile technology is creating new economic opportunities for communities across America. The 21st Century economy is driven by mobile innovation that removes many outdated barriers while making entrepreneurial opportunities possible. We must maintain this vibrant environment than continues to spur investment, innovation and new opportunities for all in the mobile arena,” Mobile Future Chair Jonathan Spalter said.
For more information, visit www.mobilefuture.org.
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Mobile Future is a coalition of cutting-edge technology and communications companies and a diverse group of non-profit organizations, working to support an environment that encourages investment and innovation in the dynamic wireless sector.