People using smartphones with wi-fi would use an application that improves wireless 3G coverage within the home or office, research has found.
In a survey of 2200 people, YouGov and Kineto found that 74 percent of respondents would be interested in such an application, while 80 percent would be interested in a service from their mobile operator that would give discounted calling when the phone was connected to wi-fi.
According to the companies, 50 percent of people in the UK have a smartphone with wi-fi and use it everyday. Of these, 40 percent say they use wi-fi because it's faster for accessing the net, while 50 percent use it because it's easier. They said the most widely owned smartphone brand (with or without Wi-Fi) in the UK is the iPhone (33 percent) followed by Nokia (20 percent).
However, the connection isn't without its problems, with 22 percent of those surveyed claiming the most annoying aspect of the service is that it only works in some locations, leading them to require more coverage.
Across the pond, our US neighbours feel the same way, according to similar research by
Kineto, with 78 percent of smartphone owners with wi-fi capabilities claiming they would be interested in an application that would use wi-fi to deliver ‘five bars’ of coverage at home or in the office.
In a survey of 330 smartphone owners 88 percent said they would be interested in a service from their mobile operator that would give discounted calling when the phone was connected to wi-fi.
Of these, 43 percent of people use wi-fi every day with 45 percent claiming that they use this because it's easier to access the internet. 43 percent said it was because it was faster then their mobile network.
You've got to look at the numbers to get a clear picture of what the percentages actually mean - but we must say we've thought the same as well. 3G tends to drop, depending on what carrier you are with - or if you're touching your iPhone 4 - quite often and usually at the most irritating moments. For example when you're trying to cheat at a pub quiz by desperately Googling under the table.