Hong Kong's richest are the 'most mobile savvy in Asia', according to a new survey. It also seemed that the financial crisis had not diminished cellphone use in the city, said market research firm Synovate, which ran the study. More than 30 per cent of the city's most affluent people used video messaging on their mobile phones, 61 per cent exchanged files via Bluetooth and infrared and 12 per cent wrote mobile blogs, or moblogs, the Synovate results showed yesterday. 'I'm convinced that Hongkongers were using them more intensively to find out the latest financial picture, and also to SMS and talk with each other as situations unfolded and stock markets went up and down,' said Steve Garton, Synovate's executive director for media. 'Hong Kong grew by being savvy, and this [was] one of the first [places] to use mobile gadgets for business advantage.' Thousands of high earners from across the Asia Pacific region were invited to take part in the internet study. The survey used an online diary of people's behaviour to track results from the third quarter of last year to the second quarter of this year, Mr Garton said. In another Synovate survey, it was found that Hong Kong's money-makers planned to purchase 'high-end quality items over the next year'. While the survey was conducted before the economic crisis, Hongkongers with disposable incomes would still be likely to spend money, Mr Garton said. 'They've still got money, they still want to lead quality lifestyles.'