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Mobile Ark



Mobile Society academic research website focusing on social aspects of the mobile phone
mobile research: dr reinhold grether's directory to mobile art and locative media
Mobile Communication Site focused on the academic analysis of mobile communication in society. By Richard Ling.
Center for Mobile Communication Studies at Rutgers University’s School of Communication
Sociology of the Mobile Phone
The Social Geometry Of Mobile Telephony
Mobile Community Design
Critical Studies in New Media Personal, Portable, Pedestrian (Standford University)
Mobile Europe


ITU ITU New Initiatives Programme: The Regulatory Environment for Future Mobile Multimedia Services
GSM World
GSM Association Latin America
Pyramid Research

Textually.org. All about texting, SMS, and MMS
The Feature.com was a site dedicated to the covering the technological, cultural and business evolution of the mobile Internet and the wider mobile telecommunications industry. Sponsored by Nokia, it was launched in August 2000 and continued through June 2005. The archived content of the site is provided here.
MobileMMS.com
The great idea finder: Mobile Telephone
Shaping the future mobile information society (ITU)

Wi Journal of the Mobile Digital Commons Network (Canada)
Mobile research methods at Mobile Community Design

DotMobi: ".mobi is a top-level domain approved by ICANN as a sponsored TLD. It will be restricted to mobile devices and sites providing services for them. It is sponsored by a consortium of companies including 3, Ericsson, GSM Association, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Syniverse, T-mobile, Telefonica, TIM and Vodafone.
The wireless alphabet soup. By CNET News.com Staff
Designing for Mobile (pdf) By Blue Favor
Essay about Mobile TV
Wireless Communication and Development: A Global Perspective. October 7-8, 2005
Interview with Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol -- mobile telephony and economic development Ismael Peña-López (2006) “Mobile Communication and Society: Interview with Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, coauthor” In ICTlogy, #38, 2006. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
Retrieved month 04,12,2006 from http://www.ictlogy.net/review/?p=489
Castells, Manuel at USC Annenberg Center (mp3)

CNET's Wireless resource center: Your guide to cutting the cords on computing - CNET.com
Cellularmania
Trends in Japan. Cellphones
Mobile Telephone History Tom Farley Telektronikk 2/4/2005 (pdf)

Global | The Communication Initiative Network
Data & Research - Banco Mundial


Bibliography


Mobile Phone/SMS/Instant Messaging Social Science Research
Nalini P. Kotamraju shares the bibliography-in-progress on social science research about mobile devices, mobile phone uses, SMS/texting, and instant messaging. Thank you!

Mobile Communication Books at Wikipedia

Mobile Internet Bibliography at Serendipity

Cross-cultural research

Articles, Books and Research done


Agar, John. (2005) Constant Touch: A Global History of the Mobile Phone. Totem Books. (*)

Barry, Michael; Yu, LiAnne. The Uses and Meaning of I-mode in Japan. Revista de Estudios de Juventud. No 57. June 2002. (*)

Boreum Choi, Inseong Lee, Jinwoo Kim, Yunsuk Jeon. Small devices 2: A qualitative cross-national study of cultural influences on mobile data service design. April 2005. Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems

Brown, B, Green, N and Harper, R. (eds)(2002) Wireless World: Social and Interactional Aspects of the Mobile Age London: Springer-Verlag.

Burrows, David. Research Note: Time and the Mobile Body. Time Society, Mar 1999; 8: 183 - 193. New York University, USA

Caronia, Letizia. Feature Report: Mobile Culture: An Ethnography of Cellular Phone Uses in Teenagers’ Everyday Life. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies August, 2005, Volume 11, No. 3 2005 11: 96-103 Sage Publications.

Campbell, Scott, W. University of Michigan, USA. A cross-cultural comparison of perceptions and uses of mobile telephony new media & society Vol9(2):343–363 2007 SAGE Publications
Castells, Manuel, Ed. The Network Society: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Cheltenham, UK & Northampton, MA: Edward Edgar, 2004.

Castells, Manuel Mobile Communication and Society: A Global Perspective (Information Revolution and Global Politics) The MIT Press (24 Oct 2006) Manuel Castells, Mireia Fernandez-Ardevol, Jack LinchuanQiu, Araba Sey (pdf del libro en español)

Castello, E. Avia, M. Periodismo vía MMS. El caso de El día en cinco imágenes de La Vanguardia. Zer, 16. Mayo, 2004

Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 2006 Sage Publications London, Thousand Oaks & New Delhi 1354-8565 Vol 12(2): 229–242

Chae, Minhee. Kim, Jinwoo. Do size and structure matter to mobile users? An empirical study of the effects of screen size, information structure, and task complexity on user activities with standard web phones. Human Computer Interaction Laboratory Yonsei University Seoul Korea. Behaviour & Information Technology. Taylor & Francis. Volume 23, Number 3 / May-June 2004. Pages 165 - 181

Charlton, Tony; Davie, Ronald; Panting, Charlotte. Mobile phone ownership and usage among pre-adolescents. November 2004 Telematics and Informatics, Volume 21 Issue 4.

Continiuum special issue on Mobile Phones

de Souza e Silva, Adriana Cell phones and places: The use of mobile technologies in Brazil (pdf)

Ferraris, Maurizio. Dove sei? Ontologia del telefonino, Milan, Bompian (2005)

Fischer, C. (1992). America Calling: A social history of the telephone to 1940, Berkeley, University of California Press

Fortunati, Leopoldina; Manganelli, Anna Maria. Young People and the Mobile Telephone. Revista de Estudios de Juventud. No 57. June 2002. (*)

Fortunati, Leopoldina, Ed.; Telecomunicando in Europa Angeli: Milano, (1998).

Fortunati, Leopoldina The ambiguous image of the mobile phone. In The ambiguous image of the mobile phone. Haddon, L., Ed.; Stockholm: Telia, (1998): 121–138.

Fortunati, Leopoldina The mobile phone: An identity on the move. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (2001), 5(2): 85–98.

Fortunati, Leopoldina The mobile phone: Towards new categories and social relations. Information, Communication & Society (2002b), 5(4): 513–528.

Fortunati, Leopoldina, and Contarello, Alberta Internet–mobile convergence: Via similarity or complementarity?. Trends in Communication (2002), 9: 81–98.

Fortunati, Leopoldina, and Contarello, Alberta Social representation of the mobile: An Italian study. In Social representation of the mobile: An Italian study Doosan Resort: Chunchon, Korea, (2002).

Fortunati, Leopoldina, and Manganelli, Anna Maria Le telefonate in diretta. Vol. I La televisione; vol. II. La radio Telecom Italia: Roma, (1995).

Fortunati, Leopoldina, and Manganelli, Anna Maria La rappresentazione sociale delle telecomunicazioni Telecom Italia: Roma, (1999).

Fortunati, Leopoldina, and Manganelli, Anna Maria La competenza d’uso delle Nuove Tecnologie Telecom Italia: Roma, (1999).

Fortunati, Leopoldina Real people, artificial bodies. In Real people, artificial bodies Fortunati, L., Katz, J., and Riccini, R., Eds.; Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: New Brunswick, NJ, (2003b): 61–74.

Fortunati, Leopoldina The human body: Natural and artificial technology. In The human body: Natural and artificial technology Katz, J., Ed.; Transaction: New Brunswick, NJ, (2003a): 71–87.

Fortunati, L., Katz, J., and Riccini, R., Eds.; Mediating the human body: Technology, communication and fashion Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: New Brunswick, NJ, (2003).

Galindo Rubio, F. El audiovisual en la tecnología móvil 3G. Consideraciones para una comunicación eficaz. Zer, 19, 2005, p 127-143

García-Montes, José M, Caballero-Muñoz, Domingo; and Pérez-Álvarez, Marino. Changes in the self resulting from the use of mobile phones
Media, Culture & Society 2006 28: 67-82

Geser, Hans. Towards a Sociological Theory of the Mobile Phone. University of Zurich. Release 3.0, May 2004

Glotz, Peter.Bertschi, Stefan. Locke, Chris (eds.) Thumb Culture The Meaning of Mobile Phones for Society. Books on Demand, Germany 2005.

Goggin, Gerard et al. Mobile Phone Cultures (Special issue on Mobile Phones) Continuum Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Volume 21 Issue 2 2007, Routledge.

Goggin, Gerard. “Have Fun and Change the World”: Moblogging, Mobile Phone Culture and the Internet. Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland. Paper submitted to BlogTalk Downunder. Sydney, 20 & 21 May, 2005.

Goggin, Gerard and Larissa Hjorth (eds) Mobile Media proceedings of Mobile Media 2007 an international conference held at the University of Sydney 2-4 July 2007

Goggin, Gerard. Mobile Phone Culture Routledge; 1st edition (October 10, 2007)

Goggin, Gerard and Larissa Hjorth (eds) Mobile Media proceedings of Mobile Media 2007 an international conference held at the University of Sydney 2-4 July 2007

Glotz, Peter.Bertschi, Stefan. Locke, Chris., eds. Thumb Culture The Meaning of Mobile Phones for Society. Books on Demand, Germany. (2005)

Green, N. (2002) ‘On the Move: technology, mobility, and the mediation of social time and space’. The Information Society Vol 18, No. 4.

Gotved, S. University of Copenhagen, Denmark Time and space in cyber social reality. new media & society Vol8(3):467–486 (2006) SAGE Publications.

Haataja, Sirpa. Multimedia news as mobile communication: a description of services in the start phases. Published Vaasa : University of Vaasa, Department of Communication Studies 2003. Master's thesis.

Haddon, L. (1999) European Perceptions and Use of the Internet. Paper for the conference ‘Usages and Services in Telecommunications’, Arcachon, 7-9 June. http://www.mot.chalmers.se/dept/tso/haddon/Euronetcover.pdf

Haddon Leslie. Youth and Mobiles: The British Case and Further Questions. Revista de Estudios de Juventud. No 57. June 2002.

Haddon, L., Ed. The ambiguous image of the mobile phone. Stockholm: Telia, (1998)

Harvey May and Greg Hearn. The mobile phone as media. (Queensland University of Technology, Australia). International Journal of Cultural Studies, Jun 2005; 8: 195 - 211.

Hjorth, Larissa RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, The Game of Being Mobile: One Media History of Gaming and Mobile Technologies in Asia-PacificConvergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Vol. 13, No. 4, 369-381 (2007) SAGE Publications

Hjorth, Larissa RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, Being Real in the Mobile Reel: A Case Study on Convergent Mobile Media as Domesticated New Media in Seoul, South Korea.Convergence 2008;14 91-104 (wish list)

Höflich, Joachim; Rössler; Patrick. More than JUST a telephone: The Mobile Phone and Use of the Short Message Service (SMS) by German Adolescents: Results of a Pilot Study. Revista de Estudios de Juventud. No 57. June 2002.

Huang, Y. Garcia-Molina, H - Publish/Subscribe in a Mobile Environment. Wireless Networks, 2004.

Humphreys, Lee. Cellphones in public: social interactions in a wireless era. Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, USA New Media & Society, Vol. 7, No. 6, 810-833 (2005) DOI: 10.1177/1461444805058164. SAGE Publications

Hutchby, Ian. Barnett, Simone. Brunel University. Aspects of the sequential organization of mobile phone conversation. Discourse Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2, 147-171 (2005) SAGE Publications

Huhtamo, Erkki. "Pockets of Plenty: An Archaeology of Mobile Media." Keynote speech at ISEA, 2004.

Ito, Mizuko. Keio University. Okabe, Daisuke. Yokohama National University. Technosocial Situations: Emergent Structurings of Mobile Email Use (Feb, 27. 2003)

Ito, Mizuko. Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life (MIT Press, 2005).

Ito, Mizuko. Keio University. Okabe, Daisuke. Yokohama National University. Technosocial Situations: Emergent Structurings of Mobile Email Use (Feb, 27. 2003)

Jo Groebel, Eli M. Noam, and Valerie Feldmann, eds., Mobile Media: Content and Services for Wireless Communication (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006)

Katz, J. E. (2006). Magic in the air: Mobile communication and the transformation of social life. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Katz, James E. (ed.) (2003). Machines that become us: The social context of personal communication technology. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Katz, James E. and Mark Aakhus (eds.). (2002). Perpetual contact: Mobile communication, private talk, public performance. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.

Katz, James E. (1999). Connections: Social and Cultural Studies of the Telephone in American Life. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.

Katz, James E. and Satomi Sugiyama. (2005). Mobile Phones as fashion statements: The co-creation of mobile communication's public meaning. In Rich Ling and Per Pedersen (eds.) Mobile Communications: Re-negotiation of the Social Sphere. Surrey , UK : Springer.

Katz, James E. and Satomi Sugiyama. (2006). Mobile Phones as fashion statements: evidence from student surveys in the US and Japan. Rutgers University, USA. new media & society. SAGE Publications. London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi (*)
Vol8(2):321–337 [DOI: 10.1177/1461444806061950]

Katz, James, E. (2004, June). Mobile Phones in Educational Settings. Paper presented at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences conference: The Global and the Location in Mobile Communication: Places, Images, People, Connection, Budapest, Hungary.

Katz, James E. (2004). A nation of ghosts? Choreography of mobile communication in public spaces. pp. 21-32 in K. Nyiri (ed.), Mobile Democracy: Essays on Society, Self and Politics. Vienna : Passagen Verlag.

Katz, James E., Mark Aakhus, Hyo Dong Kim and Martha Turner. In L. Fortunati, J. E.

Katz, and R. Riccini (2002) Cross-cultural comparisons of ICTs: A semantic differential study of style and function dimensions of mobile telephones Il corpo umano tra tecnologie, communicazione e moda. Milan : Franco Angeli.

Katz, James E (Editor), Aakhus, Mark (Editor). (2002) Perpetual Contact: Mobile Communication, Private Talk, Public Performance. Cambridge University Press.

Katz, James (ed). (2003). Machines that become us: The Social Context of Personal Communication Technology New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers.

Kim, H., Kim, G. J., Park, H. W., & Rice, R. E. (2007). Configurations of relationships in different media: FtF, email, instant messenger, mobile phone, and SMS. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(4), article 3. http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol12/issue4/kim.html

Kindberg, T., Spasojevic, M., Fleck, R. & Sellen, A. (2005). I saw this and thought of you: Some social uses of camera phones. CHI 2005 Portland, OR. New York: ACM Press, pp. 1545-1548.

Kindberg, T., Spasojevic, M., Fleck, R. & Sellen, A. (2005). The Ubiquitous Camera: An In-Depth Study of Camera Phone Use. IEEE Pervasive Computing, Vol. 4(2), pp. 42-50.

Korpiaho, Mervi. Mobile devices as new media. University of Vaasa, Department of Communication Studies. 2001 Master thesis.

Lasen, A. Affective technologies - emotions and mobile phones. Receiver 11 (2004)

Lawley, E. L. The Sociology of Culture in Computer-Mediated Communication: An Initial Exploration (April,1994)

Lee, L. University of Edinburgh, UK. Young people and the Internet. From theory to practice. Vol. 13, No. 4, 315-326 (2005) Young, Sage Publications.

Lemos, A. Cibercultura e Mobilidade. Comunicaciones Móviles, in Razón y Palabra, n. 41, México. (Octubre/Noviembre, 2004)

Ling, R. (2004).The Mobile Connection: The Cell Phone's Impact on Society. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann.

Ling, Richard Adolescent girls and young adult men: Two sub-cultures of the mobile telephone. Revista de Estudios de Juventud. No 57. June 2002.

Ling, R., Haddon, L., and Klamer, L. (2001) The Understanding and Use of the Internet and Mobile Telephone among Contemporary Europeans, Paper for the conference 'e-Usages', Paris, 12-14th June.

Lobet Maris, Claire; Henin, Jaurent. Talking without communicating or communicating without talking: from the GSM to the SMS. Revista de Estudios de Juventud. No 57. June 2002.

Lorente, Santiago. Youth and Mobile Telephones: More than a Fashion. Revista de Estudios de Juventud. No 57 June 2002. (*)

Mante-Meijer, Enid; Pires, Dóris SMS use by young people in the Netherlands. Revista de Estudios de Juventud. No 57. June 2002. (*)

McGuigan, Jim. Towards a Sociology of the Mobile Phone. Human Technology Volume 1 (1), April 2005, 45-57

Okabe, Daisuke. Keio University. Ito, Mizuko. University of Southern California and Keio University Everyday Contexts of Camera Phone Use: Steps Toward Technosocial Ethnographic FrameworksTo appear in: Höflich, Joachim & Hartmann, Maren Eds. Mobile Communication in Everyday Life: An Ethnographic View. Berlin: Frank & Timme

Oksman, Virpi; Rautiainen, Pirjo. I’ve got my whole life in my hand. Revista de Estudios de Juventud. No 57. June 2002. (*)

Oksman, Virpi. Second generation mobile media and newspapers. University of Tampere, Journalism Research and Development Centre.

Oksman, Virpi. "That's modern life for you" : mobile communication in the everyday life of children and teenagers in Finland.. Rautiainen, Pirjo. in Acta ethnographica Hungarica 48(2003)1-2, ISSN 1216-9803, pp. 149-159.

Oksman, Virpi. Rautiainen, Pirjo. Perhaps it is a body part: how the mobile phone became an organic part of the everyday lives of children and adolescents: a case study of Finland. Tampere, University of Tampere, 2001, 14 p., processed. Publisher (University of Tampere, Information Society Research Centre.Nordisk mediaforskerkongres, 15, Reykjavík, 2001).

Oksman, Virpi. Turtiainen, Jussi University of Tampere, Finland. Mobile Communication as a Social Stage. Meanings of Mobile. Communication in Everyday Life among Teenagers in Finland New Media & Society, Vol. 6, No. 3, 319-339 (2004) SAGE Publications. (*)

Pereira de Sá, Simone. Mediações musicais através dos telefones celulares. Trabalho apresentado ao NP 08 – Tecnologias da Informação e da Comunicação – da Intercom. Uma primeira versão, sintética deste trabalho foi publicada na Revista Razon e Palabra , 41(2004).

Palen L., Salzman M, Youngs E. Going wireless: Behavior & practice of new mobile phone users. ACM 2000 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 2000 - portal.acm.org. Opera News, v64, n3

Plant, Sadie. (2001). On the Mobile.The effects of mobile telephones on social and individual life. Motorola

Quarterman, John S.. "The Ultimate in Instant Gratification," IEEE Security and Privacy, vol. 01, no. 6, pp. 56-58, November-December 2003. http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MSECP.2003.1253569

Ran Wei, University of South Carolina, USA.Ven-Hwei Lo,National Chengchi University, Taiwan. Staying connected while on the move. Cell phone use and social connectedness. New Media & Society, Vol. 8, No. 1, 53-72 (2006) DOI: 10.1177/1461444806059870 SAGE Publications

Rivière, Carole-Anne. Mini-messaging in everyday interactions: a dual strategy for exteriorising and hiding privacy to maintain social contacts. Revista de Estudios de Juventud. No 57. June 2002

Rice, Ronald E. & James E. Katz. (2003). Mobile discourtesy: National survey results on episodes of convergent public and private spheres. pp.53-64 in K. Nyiri (ed.), Mobile Democracy: Essays on Society, Self and Politics. Vienna: Passagen Verlag.

Rice, Ronald E. & James E. Katz, (2003). Comparing Internet and mobile phone usage: Digital divides of usage, adoption and dropouts Telecommunications Policy, 27 (8-9), 597-623.

Rettie, R., “How text messages create connectedness,” Receiver 15 (April, 2006)

Sugiyama, S. and James E. Katz (2003). Social conduct, social capital and the mobile phone in the US and Japan: A preliminary exploration via student surveys. pp. 375-385 in K. Nyiri (ed.), Mobile Democracy: Essays on Society, Self and Politics. Vienna : Passagen Verlag.

S Song, Y Won, I Song Empirical study of user perception behavior for mobile streaming. http://www.dmclab.hanyang.ac.kr/publication/perception-yjwon-final.pdf

Thurlow, Cripsin. DAOL. Generation Txt? The sociolinguistics of young people's text-messaging
Abstract: The so called 'net generation' is popularly assumed to be naturally media literate and to be necessarily reinventing conventional linguistic and communicative practices. With this in mind, this essay centres around discursive analyses ...(*)

Thurlow, C., McKay, S. Profiling "New" Communication Technologies In Adolescence. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Vol. 22, No. 1, 94-103 (2003) Sage Publications

Thulin, Eva. Department of Human and Economic Geography, Göteborg University; Vilhelmson Bertil, Department of Human and Economic Geography, Göteborg University. Mobiles everywhere. Youth, the mobile phone, and changes in everyday practice. Young, Vol. 15, No. 3, 235-253 (2007) Sage
DOI: 10.1177/110330880701500302

Urry, J. ‘Mobile Cultures’, published by the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK, at http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/sociology/papers/Urry-Mobile-Cultures.pdf

Valor, Josep and Sieber, Sandra, "Uses and Attitudes of Young People Toward Technology and Mobile Telephony" (April 2003). IESE Working Paper No. D/505. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=459222 or DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.459222

Vershinskaya, Olga Mobile Communication. Use of Mobile Phones as a Social Phenomenon – The Russian Experience. Revista de Estudios de Juventud. No 57. June 2002.

Vlachos, Pavlos s; Vrechopoulo, Adam. Mobile services and technology track: Emerging customer trends towards mobile music services. March 2004. Proceedings of the 6th international conference on Electronic commerce ICEC '04

Vodafone | receiver » Blog Archive » Cell phone use among low-income communities – an initial study of technology appropriation in the favelas of Brazil

Yu, LiAnne; Louden, Gareth; Sacher, Heilo. BuddySync: Thinking Beyond Cell Phones to Create A Third-Generation Wireless Application: for U.S. Teenagers for U.S. Teenagers. Revista de Estudios de Juventud. No 57. June 2002.

W3C International Workshop on the Mobile Web in Developing Countries (5/6 December 2006, Bangalore, India)

Wellman, B., Hogan, B. "The Internet in Everyday Life" in the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, edited by William Sims Bainbridge. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing, 2004. Pp. 389-97

White, Peter B. and Naomi Rosh White, (2005) Keeping Connected: Travelling with the telephone. Convergence: The journal of research into new media technologies, 11(2) 102-112.

Wilson, Jason 3G to Web 2.0? Can Mobile Telephony Become an Architecture of Participation? Jason Wilson University of Luton, UK



Reports


Televidente 2.0 - Presente y futuro de la oferta de televisión a través de Internet y el teléfono móvil. The Cocktail Analisys. Dic, 2006. via Webjornal

The regulatory environment for future mobile multimedia services: Issues paper (ITU, June 2006)
Other papers at ITU: http://www.itu.int/osg/spu/downloads/

The Mobile Life Report 2006 (UK): - How mobile phones change the way we live (July 2006) by The Carphone Warehouse in association with The London School of Economics and Lord Philip Gould. Over 16,500 people were surveyed by polling organisation YouGov.
  • Texting has overtaken talking as the most popular way to use mobile phones
  • Young people value their mobile phone more than television.


Ofcom (UK). Media Literacy Audit. Report on media literacy amongst children. (May, 2006) (*)
Executive Summary
Mobile phones:
  • Two-thirds (65%) of children aged 8-15 own a mobile phone
  • Across all children aged 8-15 with a mobile phone, the average (self-reported) weekly volume of calls made stands at 8, plus 25 text messages sent per week. The average for 8-11s is 6 calls and 16 text messages, and an average of 9 calls and 31 text messages for 12-15s.
  • The top two reasons for having a mobile phone differ significantly by gender, with girls aged 12-15 being more likely to have a phone to keep in touch with friends and boys more likely to have a phone to keep in touch with family.
  • The most popular uses of the mobile for each age group are sending text messages and making calls. The third most popular use is to use the phone for playing games. This is the only type of use made by a significantly higher proportion of 8-11s compared to 12-15s.

M:Metrics."Mobile content has mass appeal". Introducing Generation M from UK and Germany (April 2006)

Pew Research Center, How Americans use their cell phones: "Americans say their cell phones aid them during emergencies and fill in their free time" (April, 2006)

Africa the impact of mobile phones. Vodafone Paper (March 2005) (Diane Coyle)

The Mobile Communication Society A cross-cultural analysis of available evidence on the social uses of wireless communication technology. Manuel Castells (USC), Mireia Fernandez-Ardevol (UOC), Jack Linchuan Qiu (USC), and Araba Sey (USC) (2004)
This research report offers an analytical overview of existing research on the social uses of wireless communication technology. It seeks to provide a solid empirical basis for an informed discussion of the social uses and social effects of wireless in Europe, the Asian Pacific and the United States. Major themes explored include the deep connection between wireless communication and the emergence of youth culture, the transformation of language by texting and multimodalty, the growing importance of wireless communication in socio-political mobilization, and changes in the practice of time and space resulting from wireless communication.

New Trends in Mobile Communications in Latin America. Judith Mariscal & Eugenio Rivera* October 2005
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas Telecommunications Research Program Telecom-CIDE

Ofcom. The Communications Market UK - Interim Report February 2006
Picture of the radio, telecommunications and television sectors, with a round-up of recent developments and the latest available data on: Industry size, structure and financing;• Availability, penetration and use of products and services; and Consumer...

The Digital Music Report 2006"The mobile phone became a portable music device in 2005, the first year in which song downloads to mobile phones spread internationally. Mobile music now accounts for approximately 40% of record company digital revenues. Record companies are seeing sharp ...

The impact of the mobile telephone in Australia
Discusion Paper- Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia 2004 - (Virginia Nightingale)

Children, Mobile Phones and the Internet Experts' Meeting
Programme for the Children, Mobile Phones and the Internet Experts' Meeting at the Mitsubishi Research Institute, Tokyo, March 2003 (Nightingale, Silverstone...)

Understanding Non-Literacy as a Barrier to Mobile Phone Communication (nov, 2005) Nokia Research Center.
Overview
  • Emerging markets have higher numbers of textually non-literate people than more developed markets
  • Effective use of mobile phone features requires an understanding of textual prompts
  • Contact management and asynchronous communication in particular presents challenges for textually non-literate people
  • Solutions can be categorized as improvements to the phone, the ecosystem and to the operator infrastructure
Keywords:
India and China user experience, user research, ethnography, device competency, illiteracy, non-literacy, numeracy, innumeracy, contact management, communication, mobile phone, product design


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