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How Mobile Grew in 2010

If the world’s population in 2010 had grown at the same rate as consumers downloaded mobile applications, 112 billion people would live on Earth today instead of the nearly 7 billion in 2009.

That’s one of many fascinating statistics you’ll learn by watching this new, flashy three-minute video from wireless-technology advocate Mobile Future, which highlights the year’s mobile trends and showcases the growth in consumer mobile use across social-media platforms and applications .

The video describes how 2010 became the “Year Mobile Connected the World.”

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Video courtesy of Mobile Future

“As we head into 2011, now is a good time to reflect on the astounding pace of change in the mobile space this year,” said Mobile Future chairman Jonathan Spalter.

[Related: Small Businesses Are Learning to Go Mobile]

“From mobile social networking to new devices, broader coverage and unprecedented choice, the wireless sector is a true model of success in today’s innovation economy.”

The video – which may influence businesses to improve their mobile efforts or even simply start a mobile campaign in 2011 – says the mobile industry created 2.4 million jobs, providers invested $20.4 billion and the average wireless-industry job paid 50 percent above the national average for similar jobs.

Other mobile facts revealed in the video

  • 5 billion apps downloaded, up from 300 million in 2009 Road Map to an App: How to Create Mobile Applications
  • 5 million Foursquare users, up from 200,000 users in 2009
  • 347 percent growth in Twitter mobile use
  • 200 million mobile Facebook users
  • 100 million YouTube videos played on mobile devices every day
  • 3,000 percent growth in one carrier’s data traffic since 2008
  • 3,339 texts sent per month by U.S. teens on average
  • 96 percent of mobile users can choose from 3 or more providers
  • 92 percent of mobile users are satisfied with their provider
  • 77 million smartphones shipped in the fall of 2010

“This recap video is a clear testament that consumer demand is driving the wireless ecosystem and mobile innovators are stepping up to expand opportunities, compete vigorously and deliver services beyond our wildest imaginations,” Spalter said in a statement.

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