Something prompted me to take those statistics, as well as statistics provided in the TomiAhonen Almanac 2012 which had come out earlier this year, and make a chart showing what percentage of all mobile phones in use today are capable of various mobile ministry modalities (texting, web browsing, showing videos, sharing video via Bluetooth, etc.). Here's the visual:
***Updated October 8, 2012 with data from just released TomiAhonen Handsets Almanac 2012***
What I want to point out is the inverse relationship between number of mobile phones with a particular capabillity and the amount of effort (and money) invested in mobile ministry initiatives focused on leveraging that capability. How much effort and money is being invested in initiatives to creatively use the voice capability of mobile phones? Not a whole lot (see our write-up on Telemensahe and phonesites to see a couple voice-based opportunities)! How much effort and money is being invested in mobile ministry initiatives directed at the iPhone? GIGANTIC amounts!!!
If the mobile phone is a Swiss Army knife kind of device with all these capabilities that we can avail why do we always default to using the fold out scissors (apps)? Should that be? I don't think so! Consider the conversation opened...