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Nearly three-quarters of people are avoiding the mobile internet because of high costs and poor experiences of the technology, according to research published today. The findings highlight the need for firms to develop mobile-compatible content, said experts.
A quarter said they did not use mobile devices to access the internet because often the web sites they wanted were not available, while others complained that it was too difficult to scroll and navigate their way through pages via mobiles and PDAs.
I've recently gone through a process of making such pages on my own sites, which now load extremely fast on mobile devices. I have quite a number of users using it (mostly on forums).
I only use it when absolutely necessary. It's particularly bad when actually driving.
yeah i find the corners difficult too - plus those pesky indicators that need to be used now and again mean I have to cross arms just when I'm squinting to read the line of info I want .. ;)
No truthfully - I don't think mobile web will really take off until 3g in the UK is FAST.... ie. broadband speed... just not worth the hassle
The telecoms all over Europe spent the last couple of years getting wildly excited about 3G networks etc -- the public, in spite of there being more mobile phones than people in Europe now, are for the most part decidedly underwhelmed.
Weirdly, people mostly seem to want to use their phones for making phone calls.
The problem I see, from their perspective, is if they make this too cheap, they are going to be destroying text messaging which brings in a TON.
The Mobile Web in the UK is just a non-entity. The mobile operators charge a fortune for GPRS data transfer (£2-£3 per megabyte) which is the main stumbling block, but even if this was priced reasonably I just don't think there are many uses of the web on a 1 inch square screen with only numeric keys - its just more trouble than its worth.
The fact that there is no decent mobile content is just a reflection of how poor the experience is generally.
Real web surfing is painfully slow though, partly due to the hassle of typing in urls. I also can't use email as my provider blocks anything but traffic on port 80 which is a bit annoying.
When I read this my logic kicks in and I think, "I can't view this on my mobile phone, it's just too big!"
Mobile phones are wonderful little gadgets with the operative word being "little". They are just not designed for the Internet, they are too expensive and I don't think they will ever be accepted for this. the Internet was developed for computer monitor screens, which are getting bigger all the time, not for mobile phones.