Our society today is more dependent on technology than ever before. According to the Huffington Post, at the end of 2013, the number of mobile devices on earth outnumbered people. Even more, by 2020, it is predicated there will be 24 billion devices connected to the Internet, with the majority using Wi-Fi technology.
We have seen a dramatic increase in the use of Wi-Fi networks, and our lives—and the devices we regularly use—have been heavily influenced by Wi-Fi technology. Whether giving us turn-by-turn directions to get across town or checking email on the go, Wi-Fi-powered devices have become an intrinsic part of everyday life.
You may be surprised to learn that 71 percent of all mobile communications are transferred over a Wi-Fi network, and 90 percent of all smartphones are Wi-Fi capable, and these numbers are growing every day.
As more and more mobile users look to use their mobile devices, we have also seen an increase in the number of public places now offering Wi-Fi connections. According to Cisco, 70 percent of mobile users connect using public hotspots. For reference, in 2012, that figure represented just 30 percent of mobile users. A variety of public locations are home to Wi-Fi hotspots, including restaurants, retail stores, doctors’ offices, hotels and libraries. Sporting and event venues have also gotten in on the access-to-Wi-Fi trend, including the Tulalip Resort and Casino in Washington state. In flight Wi-Fi is also now a possibility as a growing number of airlines offer Wi-Fi connections, enabling passengers to check their email and social media networks or research their destination while in the air.
With Wi-Fi now being so readily available, its role in our day-to-day lives is increasingly important. We don’t just want access to Wi-Fi — we need it. In fact, 60 percent of people told Iconic Displays they couldn’t go without Wi-Fi for more than a day! Similarly, 75% of people reported that one week without Wi-Fi would leave them grumpier than one week without coffee.
With a Frontier Communications wireless connection in your home or business, you won’t be forced to choose between being caffeinated or connected!