25 thoughts on “Americans: Addicted to Mobile Email”

  1. I wonder if I’m the only one who DREADS checking their e-mail? Checking it on a mobile device? No way, I’d rather not check it at all.

  2. I’m not American but even I know that in your map you’ve got Atlanta in Alabama, Washington in Delaware, and Seattle in Spokane. Check Google Maps on your wireless handheld. 😉

    Back to the point of your article though, I sometimes get panic attacks if I forget to bring my blackberry with while away from a computer.

  3. Imagine if E-mail is available to any mobile, not just the blackberries. It’s a whole new market waiting to be explored.

  4. I thought I was alone in checking email from the bathroom sink at conferences. And in restaurants. That’s one reason I liked the Blackberry better than my iPhone; it was less obvious when I did it. That big lit screen is a dead giveaway, especially in a movie.

  5. Ugh, I was like that and just the thought of it makes me cringe. In fact, I was proud of it — http://search.ft.com/ftArticle?queryText=Elizabeth+Safran&y=8&aje=true&x=13&id=060711006784. Take that compulsive behavior and apply it to a different activity and 7 out of 10 times its linked to socially deviant (or just incredibly selfish) behavior. But that’s just me — go ahead and check your email on the beach if you want — I’m hitting the waves!

  6. Lalit, check out meemo. It’s a push email service that works on any phone. Uses text messaging for alerts and one click from the message takes you to the inbox on your phone. It’s also about 1/4 the price of BlackBerry service.

  7. if you’re gonna check your stupid email (or talk on your stupid phone, for that matter) while on city sidewalks, please step aside so those of us who actually want to WALK (hence the name – sidewalks – get it???) are free to go on our merry way. If you’re texting, don’t be walking – not to mention driving, shudder… You might even find it’s nice to observe and reflect upon the world around you. I used to like doing that until it was invaded by gadget-obsessed freaks polluting the air with their conversations and impeding my ability to be a pedestrian.

    Whew. Thanks.

  8. It’s not surprising that this is such a hot market. With Push technology, there is no reason why average consumers shouldn’t get on board with mobile email.

    This recent article in the Wall Street Journal also provides an interesting perspective – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118161558503532181.html?mod=hps_europe_at_gl

    In Asia, the mobile email market has taken an interesting turn. SingTel is now offering free data services to its MobileM@il users (MobileM@il is based on Push email technology from Consilient) who are willing to receive sponsored messages. Companies such as Pizza Hut, KFC and others have signed on as advertisers for the service and are essentially footing the bill for the data charges that mobile email subscribers would incur…. talk about finding interesting ways to spur mobile email usage.

  9. Also note anything with the word AOL – 100% unbelievable. I wonder how AOL is shelling out all this money to do research, it’s the biggest junk mother of all and it’s still alive! Geez I need a break.

  10. checking email on the beach between surf sessions makes sense — hey, at least it’s not in the middle of the night! and (oh, I can’t believe I’m saying this) people will think you’re working…

    but skip the Blackberry and put the money towards a new board –the Teleflip service is free (unlike Meemo)

    surf on,

  11. I live in Finland and bike to work. Not just checking, but typing while on a moving bicycle on a path full of other moving bicycles is one of the nearly stupidest things I have seen. I am just waiting to see someone smack into a tree or signpost. That will cure the addiction.

  12. Ben — Whether or not you like AOL it is still the largest single email operator in the US. So their stats on email use do mean something.

    One other thing — all the Windows Mobile implementations (or at least all of the ones I have seen) support IMAP and POP clients to get email from your ISP (including AOL, MSN/Hotmail, or other ISPs). This allows one phone to sync several emails (I sync 3 of them personally).


  13. surf4vr,

    Teleflip is free, but it spams your friends – if you put their names into your exclusive sender list (tried it, got s**t for it from a couple of buddies) – and it leaves you out in the cold with navigation fees. Going from link to link costs you.

    Meemo isn’t free – but it offers privacy, works with 95-100% of cell phone models, and the 5$ that you get charged a month covers all navigation costs. The e-mail from the phone is also unlimited.

    Do some research – dude – and you’ll figure out where the value in this market is, outside of PDA’s. Also: since when did surfers become avid blog posters on tech-related sites?

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