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What Is Coming Between You and Cell Phone Signal?

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According to Pew Research, some 88% of American adults have cell phones, and, of those cell owners 72% experience dropped calls at least occasionally. Are you one of the people that stay in one place within your home to ensure your cell signal doesn’t go out?

Both natural and man-made objects weaken the strength of cell phone signals. Here are nine common things that can affect your indoor cell phone signal that we feature in our Tips, Tools & Tech – Guide For Staying Connected, Organized and Entertained:

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Cool Stats: Mobile Usage by EdTech Magazine

EdTech Magazine offers a look into 13 cool stats regarding mobile device usage. Here are a few that we enjoyed the most:

  • According to CISCO, there was 81% growth of smartphone usage in 2012
  • Also according to CISCO, there was  70% growth of global mobile data traffic in 2012
  • According to Pew Research,  44%  cell phone owners  have slept with their phone nearby because they didn’t want to miss a notification 
  • CISCO states that 2013 is the year when mobile-connected devices will exceed the world’s population

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Cell Phone User Statistics

The Pew Research Center has released a new report titled Americans and Their Cell Phones.  With cell phone use and ownership continually rising, the survey finds a topic that applies to all of us.  Whether you are guilty of sending and receiving text, pictures, or video messages or just using your phone to avoid an awkward interaction with others, this report offers a statistic for all of these aspects of cell phone use.  A few of the stats really caught my eye as a smart phone user.

  • 42% of cell owners used their phone for entertainment when they were bored.  I am guilty of using my smart phone as entertainment while I’m waiting in line, listening to a particularly boring lecture, or when there is nothing on TV.
  •  20% of cell owners experienced frustration because their phone was taking too long to download something.
  • 51% of adult cell owners have used their phone at least one time to get information they needed immediately.   Let us not forget about those heated family or friend debates!  You need facts to help prove your side of the argument, or even just to squash that family quarrel between your mother and brother.

I do not have to worry about the frustration of cell phone ownership because of my zBoost cell phone signal booster.  My zBoost has helped me in every one of these scenarios from boredom to frustration!  Not only does it relieve me from upload and download delays, but I never have to worry about not receiving or dropping important calls.

To read Americans and Their Cell Phones in its entirety for all cell phone stats click here.

Cellphone is now Gadget No. 1 for Americans

The New York Times posted the following article this week naming the cellphone as the number one gadget for Americans. Seems like all of these cellphone users will need a zBoost, the perfect gadget for their gadget.


It’s a Mobile Nation as Cellphones and Tablets Take Hold

By Nick Bilton

Some new reports show that Americans have quickly moved beyond accessing the Internet on just desktop and laptop computers, and are now embracing a range of mobile gadgets including cellphones and e-readers.

Last Thursday, Pew Research released a report from its Internet & American Life Project showing that the cellphone is now Gadget No. 1 for Americans.

The report, the result of a survey of 3,001 American adults, compiled a list of the “seven key appliances of the information age.” The gadgets include cellphones, desktop and laptop computers, e-readers, MP3 players and game consoles.

Aaron Smith, a research specialist on the project, wrote in a post that researchers found 85 percent of Americans over the age of 18 own a mobile phone, and that a staggering 96 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 “own a cellphone of some kind.”

The survey also found that three-quarters of Americans now own a desktop or laptop computer, up from 30 to 52 percent when the same study was conducted in 2006.

Also on the rise are e-readers and tablet computers like the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle.

report released Friday by the market research firm Gartner predicts that tablet devices used to access media will reach sales of 19.5 million units in 2010.

Gartner also predicted that sales would reach a staggering 150 million units by 2013.

To read the complete article go to http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/18/its-a-mobile-nation-as-cellphones-and-tablets-take-hold/?ref=technology

Mommy I need to Go Online….

These are the words I hear from my three year old when he needs to look for something – usually it is related to Thomas, Sesame Street or Wonder Pets and he needs GiGi, Nana, Ho Ho (Santa) or “that bunny” (the Easter Bunny) to buy it for him. It started last Christmas with him telling me “Mommy I need to online on your waptop (laptop) to look at some Thomas the trains.” Did I mention that he is three??

According to a recent Pew Research report , he is like many Americans who are now accessing the Internet on their laptop and mobile devices.   The study found that 6 in 10 Americans are going online wirelessly with their laptop or cell phone.  It is amazing how quickly kids today are learning the role of technology in our lives and how it can make everything accessible – from learning about Big Bird’s Birthday to the words to Dinosaur Train’s theme song.

For those of you who have kids here are Carter’s top five sites to visit online:

  1. www.seasamestreet.org – He is a big fan of the videos and playlists
  2. www.pbskids.org/curiousgeorge – The present time game is a favorite
  3. www.pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain – If you ever needed to know the names of dinosaurs that start with each letter of the alphabet you can find it here!
  4. www.thomasandfriends.com – Just all around fun!
  5. www.bobthebuilder.com – Another site with great videos!

 You can find the full report on Mobile Access 2010 at www.pewinternet.org.

26% of Americans get news via cell phone

Americans are using their phone for everything from gaming to vacation planning. A recent study by Pew Research says 26% of Americans are getting their news on cell phones. See the related article by Andrew Vanacore

Survey: 26% of Americans get news via phone

By ANDREW VANACORE, AP Business Writer– Mon Mar 1, 1:14 pm ET NEW YORK – Just over a quarter of American adults now read news on their cell phones, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

The survey results being released by the group Monday offer another sign of how people are changing the way they get information. Technology has been reshaping the news business and the way consumers relate to it for more than a decade. The latest shift is being driven by the exploding popularity of phones that can easily access the Internet.

The new study found that 26 percent of Americans get news on their phones. Pew doesn’t have comparable data for say, two or three years ago. But evidence of the shift in habits can be seen in this finding: Younger cell phone owners are more likely to look for news on their phones. About 43 percent of those under 50 said they are mobile news consumers, compared with 15 percent of older respondents.

Still, some things don’t change. Readers’ No. 1 concern when they look for news on their phones: the weather. Of the 37 percent of cell phone owners who said they use the Internet on their phone, 72 percent said they check weather reports. Current events came in second with 68 percent.

Pew’s survey offered a wide range of statistics on people’s news habits. It showed people are not relying on one medium. Just shy of 60 percent of respondents get news from both online and offline sources. And 46 percent said they use four to six different types of media on a typical day.

The Web is also helping to turn the news into more of a social experience: More than 80 percent of respondents get or receive news via e-mailed links.

The results were based on telephone interviews with 2,259 people over the age of 18, conducted between Dec. 28 and Jan. 19. For questions to that entire group, the margin of error was 2.3 percentage points. On questions to just Internet users, the margin was 2.7 percentage points.