Voice vs. Data

by | Mar 23, 2009 | Tecknowledgy

Read a great blog entry on InformationWeek.com over the weekend by Ed Hansberry posing the question are you a voice or data person.  He categorizes the two as this:

“Some people are voice centric and it just so happens that they also can get e-mails on their phone. Others are data centric. The primary reason they have a phone is that is just the device by which it’s easiest to access data from the Internet. The fact that they can actually talk to someone with the device is just another feature.”

This is an interesting question that would not have even been asked 10 or even five years ago. 

Hansberry is a data person.  The jury is still out for me, though I’m leaning toward being a data person.  For professional communication, my Tilt works great, email, internet, etc.  But for personal communication I still need the phone function to stay in touch with my family.

comScore, Inc., a company that measures ways in which we use the Internet, recently issued a report that said the number of people using their mobile device to access news and information on the Internet more than doubled from January 2008 to January 2009.  This statistic is not surprising.  With the glut of smartphones on the market, I’ll be curious to see the figures next year.

Have we reached the ceiling for connectivity?  Probably not.  The engineers at Microsoft, Google and Apple will continue to keep us connected in ways that we didn’t even know we needed.

So are you a voice person or a data person?

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