Will the iPhone be the tipping point for the mass adoption of the mobile Internet? Well, more than 10 million applications were downloaded from the App Store, in the week following the release of the 3G iPhone. Further, looking at the clamor among the likes of eBay, Facebook, Google, AOL, SalesForce to launch iPhone versions of their key products, it does look like the game is finally on, after many false starts.
Though the iPhone has brought down its pricing a bit, it’s still a niche phone – the mass market part of the game will be driven by traditional handset manufacturers, who have now scented a massive opportunity – and who would be soon flooding the market with handsets that offer similar browsing capabilities and features, which should spur the beginning of mainstream adoption and usage of mobile websites.
One thing’s for sure, the iPhone has been a catalyst unlike any other – it has demonstrated to all the naysayers that not only is browsing on mobile very much possible but it’s actually engaging. In all fairness, the naysayers were not far from the truth – to put it mildly, the experience was rather frustrating, if not downright torture. Now if only carriers would take the lead and do something about factoring data as a standard part of all tariff plans.