I conducted a quick survey called “Globe, Smart or Sun?” a week ago and got a nice number of responses from my techie/blogger friends. Here’s what I found:
1. On average, one blogger owned 2 mobile phones – Not a surprise. 5 respondents actually owned 3 phones.
2. Prepaid users outnumbered postpaid users 3 to 2 – Again, not surprising. Some own just one phone and switch SIM cards depending on who they want to text or call.
3. There were more users on Globe than Smart 4 to 3 – I was expecting Smart to win this one, but Globe tends to be popular among techies/yuppies who can afford their rates.
4. On primary use of phone, text messaging was the most important, followed by calling, Internet browsing, taking photos, sending emails and storing/playing music – Expected, given that we are, no less, the text messaging addicts of the world. I would expect music to rank higher than it did, but apparently our iPods are indeed there for a purpose.
Other neat facts:
The total mobile market is a mind-blowing 55 million subscribers. That’s a 63% market penetration rate! Smart is the leading network with 54% of the market, followed by Globe with 36% and Sun with 10%. For 2006 alone, the market welcomed 14 million new subscribers or a 36% growth rate. This year’s growth won’t be as fast-paced, experts predict.
Thanks to all who participated!