|Chapter 1:||The Evolution of Mobile Internet Communications|
All Respondents’ Reactions
|Did Not Respond||*%|
Note. Since results are based on a nonrandom sample, a margin of error cannot be computed. The “prediction” was composed to elicit responses and is not a formal forecast.
Respondents were presented with a brief set of information outlining the status quo of the issue 2007 that prefaced this scenario. It read:
Overview of Respondents’ Reactions: A significant majority agreed with the proposed future. The consensus is that mobile devices will continue to grow in impact because people need to be connected wherever they are; cost-effectiveness and access are motivating factors; the devices of the future will have significant computing power; and there is fear that limits set by governments and/or corporations seeking control might impede positive benefits—the expected “effortless” connectivity is dependent on their willingness to serve the public good.
The overwhelming majority agreeing with this scenario took note of the current boom in cell phone and smartphone use and imagined its extension. “By 2020, we should see several billion cell phones shipping per year, most of which will be Internet capable; this will