In short, smartphones are helping make the densest cities the best places to live, as witnessed by property prices in Hong Kong, New York, Paris and London.
In developed nations, mobile phone technology has been a mixed blessing. I have a theory that mobile phones have been responsible for a rapid drop in petty crime in urban areas (I know they've served me well in this case).
Yes. Searching for 'internet traffic growth iphone' leads to too much noise, so I can't get good links, but I remember when the iPhone came out that there were enormous traffic spikes on every network that it connected to. It was clear that its ease of use resulted in it getting used in a fundamentally different way than any device before it.
(Smartphones have been around for a decade+. The IPhone was the first smartphone with a decent browser and even this is arguable. Kind of shocking people have already forgotten everything that occurred before those Apple silhouette commercials.)
Here's a link on how the iPhone quickly dominated internet traffic when it came out.
It clearly was a completely different class of product than the previous so-called 'smart' phones.
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