I returned from New York last night, after a fun weekend. Excellent weather combined with street fairs – the big city was pulsating. And it had a raw energy, which can be felt, not described. I think a lot of that has to do with people moving about, and walking in the streets. Or sitting in the big community parks like Union Square.
One of things which I observed was that everyone was busy chatting on their mobile phones. (RAZRs are so huge in NYC it seems.) Regardless, as I made my way to the airport, I saw more people busy chatting. Across the country, even in San Francisco, people are busy chatting. It should not come as a surprise, that Americans are the chattiest mobile phone users in the world. I guess it has something to do with cheap calling plans, free incoming and free calling on the weekend. I guess, the low termination costs also help with the increased usage of the mobile networks.
According to Wireless Operator Metrics, TeleGeography’s new tracking service of the latest performance indicators for all major mobile operators worldwide, the top two placed companies – Cingular Wireless and Alltel Mobile – registered average monthly usages of 727 minutes and 626 minutes respectively. The accompanying chart shows that wherever the calling plans are cheap, people will talk a lot!