Mobile e-mail is used by 75 per cent of British iPhone owners, making it the most popular type of mobile content consumed on the device, according to new data from comScore.
The figures from the digital research firm reveal that 80 per cent of UK iPhone owners accessed news and other information via a browser, four times the rate for all mobile phone users.
While the device’s ease of use is certainly contributing to the lift we see in mobile media consumption, the fact that the device requires a subscription package that includes an unlimited data plan is also a contributing factor.
However, while nearly all iPhone owners are consuming mobile media, the device is in the hands of only two per cent of mobile phone users in the UK.”
The App Store is also extremely popular among iPhone owners, with 55.6 per cent accessing news and information via a downloaded application, compared with 22.1 per cent of smartphone owners, and 6.3 per cent of all mobile phone users.
The iPhone has also provided a boost to the mobile games sector, with 37 per cent of iPhone owners downloading a game and 18.6 per cent purchasing one. Only 5.6 per cent of smartphone owners and 2.7 perc ent of mobile phone users purchased a game in January.
comScore also revealed today the demographics of iPhone owners, and found that 75 per cent are males, mostly between the ages of 18-44. Smartphone ownership also typically skews male in the UK, with males comprising 65 per cent of the audience.
Alistair Hill, analyst at comScore, said,“Consumers are clearly embracing the iPhone’s touch screen keyboard. The penetration of e-mail usage on the iPhone is more than double that of the smartphone category as a whole.
"Over the past several quarters, the UK smartphone market has been dominated by the N95, which lacks a QWERTY keyboard. As a result, we see smartphone users favour using their device for music and photo messaging, two activities for which these Nokia devices are particularly well-suited, more than e-mail.”
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