Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Americans and cell phones

NPR’s Marketplace had a piece (scroll down, or go straight to the audio) on how slow Americans have been to slow to adopt SMS or other added features in cell phones. We use our phones as… just phones, thank you.

The report is based on a Jupiter Research study (here’s the press release; you can read the whole thing if you pay, like, a zillion dollars) that argues that

when choosing a cell phone, U.S. consumers prioritize small size and voice-related functionality over more advanced features such as integrated digital cameras, games, PDAs or music players. Given the choice of a free basic cell phone or paying for a cell phone with a built-in PDA, digital camera or MP3 player (also known as a smartphone) – a choice offered by nearly all U.S. carriers – most U.S. consumers were not willing to pay as little as $49.

This is interesting to me, since I really want my next phone to at least have a color screen, stereo ringtones,  and maybe e-mail and a camera; I’m not so sure about MP3 and an organizer, since I’m too in love with my iPod and Clie.

[via Renee Chin]

[Update: Please note that, alas, I do not have information that I can share for use in school papers, for people who want to become cell phone repair technicians, etc., and will not be answering queries left in the comments regarding these or other cell phone-related subjects.]


  1. I’m doing a project on Cellular phones thru the years and i wonder if i could get info abot it.


  2. I need info on cell phones back in 1994.. like usage, statistics, anything. Thanks 🙂

  3. I need to know about how many cell phones are in use as of this year? Help its for a school paper.

  4. I am doing research on a project for my psychology class. I am looking for information on cell phone usage. The statistics that I am looking for is what age group uses cell phones more, and the most popular time of day to use the cell phone.


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