Cameraphones Destroying Wallpaper Business –M:Metrics

M:Metrics has released figures showing that the proportion of mobile phones in the US with camera functions has now passed 50 percent (106 million cameraphones), and of course many European countries passed that point a while ago. While this is having a negative impact on sales of mobile wallpaper (see graph below) M:Metrics claims it’s having a positive effect on operator data revenues as people buy photo messaging bundles. The research company said that 14.8 percent of US subscribers used network services for photos or video in February, with European countries having a higher rate — up to 31.3 percent in Italy. (release)