Companies are getting ready for this years Mobile World Congress (3GSM) and I seem to be on quite a many mailing list. Today I received a good newsletter from Synchronica that has some interesting topics / predictions for year 2008:
- people are demanding more backup and restore solutions for mobile terminals to protect their personal data
- mobile email is going to masses
In the newsletter Synchronica quotes figures from Visiongain Mobile Email Market Report that predicts that number of people using mobile email will rise from 8 million users (2007) to 184 million users (2011). Visiongain writes how operators are struggling to offer mobile users email services and how mobile email holds a huge potential for them. This Visiongain report (go Google for parts of it) and Synchronica's newsletter make me ask a stupid question:
Why different stakeholders are overcomplicating consumer mobile email issue?
Currently all but the entry level terminals have email clients with IMAP/SMTP support - what there is for operators to do? I guess biggest problem is that people don't know about possibility to read email with their mobile terminals - problem is not technical at all. So dear operators: just tell people that they can access their email accounts today with their mobile devices, sell reasonably priced data plans to consumers and -- watch this -- those 176 million people don't have to wait until 2011 for their mobile email!