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Stone age mobile phone tech in Australia

July 30th, 2007 . by Matt

Stories like this really put things into perspective when it comes to technology and how far behind Australia is. The article says that SMS messages will probably disappear by 2012. SMS messages in Japan were already obsolete in the year 2000 in Japan, completely replaced by email on the mobile phone. I was using it so I know. By 2012 Australia will also have this technology widely available, some 12 years after it was widespread in Japan.

The days of SMS are numbered now that mobile email access is becoming a commodity, research firm Gartner says.

Long the preserve of businessmen in power suits, mobile email is about to hit the masses with one in five email users accessing their accounts wirelessly by 2010, according to Gartner.

Monica Blasso, the firm’s research vice-president, said mobile email had moved beyond the BlackBerry and was increasingly a feature of even low-cost mobile phones, driving consumer adoption.

“By 2012, wireless email products will be fully inter-operable, commoditised and have standard features,” she said. “They will be shipping in larger volumes at greatly reduced prices.”

Today there are less than 20 million wireless email users worldwide, but this will grow to 350 million, or 20 per cent of all email accounts, by 2010, she said.

There is not any really any good reason the this, except that we Australians have a habit of accepting second best, and paying more for it than most any other country, from mobile phones to internet.


4 Responses to “Stone age mobile phone tech in Australia”

  1. comment number 1 by: egg

    In addition to your reasoning:
    Japan might have economical advantages in sending these kind of services to the people, because our teritory is small compared to her population. In another words, population density is much higher and that would mean some advantages. Initial infrastructure costs will be less compared to Australia, I guess.
    That might be one of the reasons that the communication companies in Australia are reluctant in sending new services. Maybe they need to know whether these sevices will be accepted by the society before they send them, to reduse the investment risks. I think country like Singapore will be the most advanced market. Am I not persuasive?
    By the way I seldom use mobile phones to send emails. I know there are many people who does but still now, I can`t understand their neccesity.

  2. comment number 2 by: FamilyGuy

    Your very right Egg, Australia is massive with a very small popultaion, this makes setting up the infrastructure associated with 3G services extremely expensive. It was also comemnted in the Australian media last week that Australians are not at all interested in using 3G service instead opting just to be used as a basic phone. So you can see why this is expensive and also why companies are reluctant to invest in massive projects as a big return is not assured.

  3. comment number 3 by: randomcow

    population density is much higher

    Yep, that’s the one reason. You place one base station in Shinjuku and it serves the entire population of Sydney each day.

    Australia isn’t all bad as far as mobile phone pricing goes. As far as I know, talking is much cheaper in Australia, which ties into what Familyguy said.

    RC

  4. comment number 4 by: egg

    FamilyGuy, randomcow
    Thanks for your comment.
    I wonder how much it costs in other countries to own and use mobile phones.
    I myself use it, almost only when I am called, seldom to call people, sometimes to see the net like 2channel and the costs is about 3,000YEN(25USD)/month. I wonder whether it is expensive or not.
    But they say an initial cost of owning a mobile phone is included in running costs (Communication companies are paying a part of an initial cost instead of consumers and afterwards they take back the cost from consumers by including it in running fees) so it may be difficult to compare…