Here’s a surprising statistic from Macworld 2011: about 40% of
show goers don’t have a smartphone.
That was the number given to me at a meetup on the show’s last
night. It was from someone who ran a competition all week in one
of the booths. To win a prize, entrants had to download an app to
their smartphone — and about 40% didn’t have a device that
could download apps.
“I was really surprised,” said the source, who asked that
neither she nor her company be identified. “Especially in a city
like San Francisco and at a show like Macworld.”
That does seem high, but I think the obvious answer is that smartphone monthly plans simply cost too much. And Android isn’t any cheaper than the iPhone in this regard.
Update: Another theory, submitted by several readers: Many of these attendees did have iPhones (or other smartphones), but claimed not to because they didn’t want this company’s app.
★ Monday, 31 January 2011