Staggering figures for mobile phone text and data usage.
The Mobile Data Association (http://www.themda.org/Page_Default.asp), a not-for-profit organisation, that provides accurate and factual statistics relating to mobile telephone usage in UK, publish their findings month-on-month. Examples of published stats for April and May 2008 (http://www.text.it/home.cfm) identify staggering figures for text and data usage in the UK. Moreover, their latest findings reveal a huge upward spike in text messaging and data-based communications, often at the expense of conventional voice calls..
MDA Chairman, Steve Reynolds, added "There are powerful signs all around that mobile Internet access will supersede traditional PC access. The MDA predicts that mobile Internet will become a true rival for traditional desktop internet access." Steve Reynolds comments will further underpin how mobile device wireless data communcations are replacing fixed computer systems.
UK Figures for SMS Text Messages (Sent):
May 2008 - 6.5 billion
April 2008 - 6.3 billion
UK Figures for Mobile Internet (WAP Users):
May 2008 - 16.43 million
April 2008 - 17.46 million
UK Figures for Picture Messaging (Sent):
May 2008 - 46.52 million
April 2008 - 47.13 million
The UK possibly has, when measured alongside other countries, the most highly developed mobile phone communication usage in the World, or at least in the Western World, and is producing statistics that do not suggest there is a UK or even a global "downturn" or "recession" when it comes to mobile traffic.
From an evidental point of view these statistics and trends shine a very bright torchlight on how underfunded the UK criminal justice legal aid system really is, particularly for experts (like myelf) when I am working for the defence, and particularly so in the Captial where most of the technology crimes takes place. Put simply, we could reach a stage in the criminal justice system where technology is wrongly used to accuse an individual or is used in a crime and in such manner that it wont be properly assessed or scrutinised due to underfunding that much crime using the technology goes undetected and unrecognised by the courts thus perpetrators become immune to prosecution also.