Mobile Phone

Mobile phones are most important piece of technology for Asians, says expert

Mobile usage is more prevalent in the Asia-Pacific region than in the west. Photo: Bloomberg

Mobile phones are the most important item of technology for people living in the Asia-Pacific region as more of them gain access to cheaper smartphones, an expert told a conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 11 September, 2013, 4:26pm

For the young, mobile phones are not all they're cracked up to be

Some young people say the cracked cellphone screen gives you a sort of street cred.

Brittany Lofton spots them all the time: teens and university students clutching their beat-up cellphones, with screens so cracked that spider-web-like patterns creep across the glass.

20 May 2013 - 6:44am

Smartphone's evolution continues with a raft of new innovations

Illustration: Oliver Raw

Will we one day look back on the iPhone and think it quaint? Probably, and that day could come sooner than you think, with developers ready to unleash a raft of innovations.

15 Mar 2013 - 10:05am

Briefs, January 22, 2013

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Mobile phone subscribers on the mainland reached 1.11 billion by the end of last year, according to data released by the country's three giant telecommunications operators. China is the world's largest mobile phone market by subscribers, with a user pool of one sixth the global population.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:57am

Mainland set to tap into new mobile markets

The mainland market for so-called connected devices and services is forecast to grow six-fold to US$707 billion by 2020 from US$116 billion this year, boosting efficiency across key domestic industries.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Elderly 'should be embraced, not sidelined'

Picture a user of a mobile gadget, and a young person usually springs to mind.

But the telecommunications industry should take advantage of the as yet uncultivated 'silver-haired market', the chief of a social enterprise that manages emergency call services for the elderly says.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am


Old value of harmony still valid

Harmony is one of the main concepts in Confucianism and I think it is still the best way to deal with various problems.

When we work in a team, co-operation is essential. This requires a common strategy, but there may still be arguments. Harmony is needed to cool things down, so people can make decisions wisely.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

ZTE eyes surge in smartphones

ZTE, China's second-largest telecommunications equipment maker, plans to increase smartphone shipments to between 40 and 50 million this year from last year's 15 million.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Generator to blame for crash: SmarTone

The breakdown in SmarTone's mobile coverage on Monday was caused by a back-up power generator in Sha Tin restarting itself repeatedly, the telecoms operator said yesterday.

SmarTone, a subsidiary of Sun Hung Kai Properties, is facing a barrage of criticism and a possible fine from telecoms watchdog Ofca after a quarter of its mobile network coverage failed.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


A mobile phone can be a lifesaver in case of emergencies. The problem with today's smartphones is you always end up using all the battery power by playing games, updating your Facebook status or simply checking your e-mail.

That's why in emergency situations when you need a spare, you need a SpareOne.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Lose your phone ... and your life

Lose or have your smartphone stolen - as thousands of Hongkongers did last year - and it's almost guaranteed that someone will check your personal e-mails, look through your photos and try to log onto your Facebook account.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Out of line

I am a member of a tiny minority of Hong Kong people who do not have, have never had and do not wish to have a mobile phone.

So my heart sank when I read that some Cathay Pacific passengers can now 'choose to receive a boarding pass directly on their mobile devices via e-mail or SMS text message'.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


In yesterday's story, 'Make every call count', we referred to 5.1 billion global mobile phone users. It should have said these are only from developing countries; the lack of infrastructure for clean water refers to slums in Mumbai, not the city as a whole; and Akanksha Hazari approached many of India's biggest telecom companies to form a business partnership, rather than all 15 of them.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Make every call count

We use our mobile phones to take photos, follow social media and make calls. But in some poorer parts of the world, the device is a survival tool.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Speed promise at mobile sneak peek

Technology-obsessed Hongkongers can expect to see much speedier smartphones and gadgets in the year to come, but the price of power may be shorter battery life.

Barcelona's Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest mobile show which ended last week, offered a sneak peek at what consumers can expect in the mobile phone market over the next few months.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am