Smartphones are growing at a phenomenal rate according to the iPass Mobile Workforce Report. 63 percent of mobile employees prefer a smartphone over a laptop as their primary mobile device. And according to comScore 63.2 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in December 2010, up 60 percent versus just one year ago. RIM (Blackberry) led the ranking with 31.6 percent market share of smartphones, while Google Android maintained the #2 position with 28.7 percent, up 7.3 percentage points versus September. Apple accounted for 25.0 percent of smartphone subscribers (up 0.7 percentage points), followed by Microsoft with 8.4 percent and Palm with 3.7 percent.
In December, 68.0 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device, up 1.0 percentage points versus the prior three month period, while browsers were used by 36.4 percent of subscribers (up 1.3 percentage points).