We’re big on mobile applications and telephone Internet access here at Lifehacker, and I suspect most of our readers are too. However, it’s worth remembering that for a large slice of the population, the most sophisticated data application on offer is a text message.
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A global survey of phone usage by Sybase 365 found that while 81% of Australian mobile phone users use SMS at least weekly, just 24% use their phones for general Internet usage. A similar number (22%) use their phones for social networking.
When it comes to getting alert messages (from commercial or free services), our results are rather inconsistent. While 75% of us are interested in sports updates, only 26% want emergency services alerts. Cricket scores versus impending bushfires? Apparently it’s not much of a contest.