Analyst group TNS Global Technologies says consumers worldwide aren’t grasping the benefits of 3G networks and devices. In the U.S., for instance, 16 percent of subscribers own a 3G phone, but only 10 percent of those users actually use the 3G functionality. Looking globally, 20 percent of the world’s mobile phone users own a 3G phone, but only 9 percent of that base use the enhanced service.

While U.S. consumers ask for features like camera phones, mobile Internet access e-mail and games when making their phone purchase decisions, TNS says they don’t understand that 3G phones offer more advanced versions of these capabilities.

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As reported on Fierce Wireless Content October 24, 2006
Study cited summarized here with charts and graphs and available for purchase off the TNS website