Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, hosts a database, called Sitefinder, giving the location and type of mobile network base stations. Why would you be interested in base stations? Because they’re another names for mobile phone masts or cell phone towers.
The database has been linked with the ubiquitous Google Maps so that by entering a post code or a street address, the area of interest can be shown, with markers indicating the exact locations of the towers. By clicking on the marker, you can see the operator of the tower, what kind it is, the height and the frequencies used.
91% of UK adults have a mobile phone, so it’s not surprising that there are lots of cell towers. You could use this database in two ways. First, if you have concerns about health issues relating to the radio waves you can be more informed about the towers in your area, but secondly, if you are trying to decide which mobile phone operator to use, this map will show you the closest towers to home and work and likely to give the best reception.
IDC‘s latest press release on mobile phones and smartphones in Europe shows the sector grew 8% in the past year, that smartphones represent over a quarter of all phones shipped and that current leader Nokia is losing market share.
The total mobile market grew 8% year-on-year with over 42 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2010. Of this, smartphones were 12 million units, representing 28% of the market and up 57% on last year. Mobile phones actually dropped 4% showing the trend towards the more powerful devices.
Overall, Nokia still rules the mobile market, with just under 33% of the market in the first quarter but this is down 9% in the year. Samsung runs a close second with 29% of the market. No-one else has anywhere near the market share of these two. Even Apple and RIM only have 7.0% and 5.6% respectively.
Looking at just the smartphone market, Nokia is still out front with nearly 41% market share, but again this is well down from 57% last year. Apple is second with 25%, closely followed by RIM with 20%.
HTC comes fourth with 7.5% and consequently, Android outsold Windows Mobile for the first time. No sign at all of Palm’s WebOS devices which anecdotally have only sold well in Germany.
To honest, anyone familiar with the space doesn’t need IDC to tell them that Nokia is struggling. Partly it’s because the smartphone range isn’t great, but I think Nokia just isn’t hip anymore. Forgive me if I’m being shallow but Apple = cool. Blackberry = cool. Android = cool.
The full tables are in the press release but they’re not labelled very well. The first table is the total mobile phone market, the second table is the smartphone market.
My wife is a cell phone junkie, degenerate, addict, etc. You choose the word. She gets a new phone every month either on craigslist though swapping or buys one. I could care less about cell phones except to talk to people on one. Yes young people, you can actually talk on these devices. I am trying to get her to get the new Android phone with the Google operating system. I know she will like it & we are likely going to change from Verizon to T-Mobile so that will fit nicely. She has never had an iphone but I think she will appreciate the apps available for free for the Android. She mainly likes texting and weird ringtones but when she sees all this is phone can do she will go even deeper into cell phone addiction. The fact that the Amazon DRM-free music store comes preloaded is a big plus as well. I love getting music from Amazon & using it however I want to! She is starting to use her phone as a music player so this is right up her alley.
I really like techy stuff I just have not went all in for cell phones yet. One reason is cost & the fact that I am rough on the free phones I use so I cannot see paying big bucks for something I am likely to jack up pretty quickly. Another reason is I am a home body so when I am away from the house I am working & not needing a hi tech device except an mp3 player. When I am home I am almost always on the computer so that is when I do my “computing” and not on a cell phone. Obviously I am in the minority at least in the geek community but eventually I will be in the 12 step program with my wife for cell phones. And Android may be my gateway device.
Energy Vampires, that’s what phone chargers, televisions, video/DVD/CD recorders, and a host of other household appliances were called today by California state legislators who passed a bill to reuire the devices to be more efficient by using less engergy when not in use.
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