The first mobile phone to have Internet connectivity was the Nokia 9000 Communicator, launched in Finland in 1996 (source Wikipedia). NTT DoCoMo in Japan launched the first mobile Internet service, i-Mode in 1999 and this is considered the birth of the mobile phone based Internet.
That was 10 years ago!
In 2008 the cross-over happened, when more Internet access devices were mobile phones than personal computers. In many parts of the developing world, the ratio is as much as 10 mobile phone users to one PC user on the Internet (Wikipedia). Is there more of a compelling reason to consider making you website mobile friendly?
Earlier this year in Las Vegas the latest numbers were in: the mobile web had seen a sevenfold increase in mobile-friendly Web sites since last year. This reported by dotMobi, the company behind “.mobi” mobile web site naming convention. New mobile sites are on the rise.
When dotMobi first performed this study a year ago, 150,000 mobile Web sites were available. dotMobi now counts approximately 1.1 million mobile site addresses in the world, based on a scan of the largest Top Level Domains (TLDs) in use. The 1.1 million number means that approximately 0.8 percent of all domains are likely to have mobile-friendly content…. In perspective 99.2% of all web sites do not have a mobile friendly site!
As a comparison, Verisign estimates there are approximately 77.4 million “live” PC based websites (with ‘.com’ or ‘.net’ extensions).
Why should you care?
People are looking for your mobile site. In May comScore released a study that showed mobile users (in the US) are accessing the Mobile web 35.3% of the time, compared to 37% for voice and 27.7% for SMS. The demand is growing very fast. If you aren’t sure how to get started, check out a mobile website builder like MoFuse who can get your started immediately and at a low cost. You need to be counted on the mobile web!