Why Smartphones Are Popular

Cell phones have gained considerable popularity in the world. It is not surprising that it is the one gadget that accompanies more and more people. While many people still use cell phones as originally designed for making and receiving calls, a greater segment of society is beginning to see it as an instrument for productivity. For this reason, cell phones are constantly evolving to meet the new demands of society

Cell phones have over the years evolved into minicomputers or smartphones. For example, in 2008 for which data was available, out of the 1 billion camera phones shipped, smartphones which currently represent the high-end of the cell phone market, made up about 10% of the market or about 100 million units. Current smartphone brands on the market include BlackBerry, iPhone, Palm, Nokia and Samsung. These products are an- Internet-connected multimedia devices with a multi-touch screen or a sliding keyboard. The phones may function as a camera phone, portable media player, GPS navigator, and an internet client: with text messaging, email, web browsing and local Wi-Fi connectivity.

Interestingly, the rise in sales of smartphones will come at the expense of declining cell phone sales, currently 90% of the market. The bourgeoning of the smartphone market is much about the new technology as it is about the consumer. The smartphone- basically a pocket computer with cell phone capability-allows people to carry information and to access it everywhere they go. Just as portable lap top computers permitted desk-top users freedom of mobility, the smartphone allows its users the function of a desk-top PC with the portability of a laptop, and the utility of a cell phone.

It is to be expected that in every economic down turn people will shy away from luxury consumer spending such as the purchase of a smartphone. Rather, more and more people are opening up their wallets to smartphones. To be sure, the sales of iPhones, Blackberrys and other smartphone models are rising rapidly. It is estimated that smartphones will grow by 25% this year alone. Other new models have either come on the market or are expected to be launched during the course of this year. These new additions will certainly help to fuel the popularity and growth of the smartphone industry.

For a growing segment of the population, the social expectation is that one must stay connected and be reachable almost instantly by voice or email. The smartphone gives people that dual ability to stay connected, and therefore they can justify the cost of buying a smartphone. Smartphones are also seen as a status symbol. Just as it became socially unacceptable in the late 1990s not to have an email address, it will become increasingly unforgivable in the next several years not to communicate via smartphone.

The demand for smartphones can be attributed to the fact that they are perceived as being tools to enhance productivity in a society which is constantly on the move. Indeed smartphones were introduced to address a given market segment. For example, the RIM BlackBerry initially focused on enterprise/corporate customer email. Interestingly, it was the introduction of less business-oriented phones first by Blackberry that scored a hit with the general public and led to the widespread use of Blackberry which doubled its customer base from last year to 25 million. The smartphone wave is continuing to gain momentum, and although sales are rising fast, smart phone sales still account for only 25% of the total cell phone shipments this year in the US. However, the launching of new smartphones together with software offerings from companies such as RIM , Nokia, Apple, Microsoft, Google and others this year, smartphones will continue to make considerable inroads into the cell phone market.

Currently, smartphones are not cheap by any long shot. The handsets even with discounts from the wireless carriers typically cost a few hundred dollars, with the high-end going for several hundreds of dollars. Their data and calling service plans are typically up to a hundred dollars per month. One of the keys to lowering prices in the long-term is the breeding of vigorous competition among the brands. But considering that the market for smartphones is large, new entrants may find it expedient to identify a niche in the market rather than compete with the more established brands. However, the best avenue to making smart phones affordable to consumers is through innovation in smartphone technology that allows users to call and to connect to the internet no matter where they are at very reasonable cost.

It cannot be denied that even regular cell phones are getting smarter, and it’s only a matter of time before all cell phones have the advanced levels of functionality associated with today’s smartphones.

Forever Living Review The Truth About Forever Living…

Famous for being the planets largest grower of aloe vera plants, Forever Living is an international multilevel marketing company that has been in existence for 25 years. Well, apart from being the planets biggest grower of aloe vera, they are the worlds largest bee keeper as well, since they also market natural-based products from the bee hive. The company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, and from reading a number of Forever Living reviews online, I found out that the company continues to have a large and loyal base of followers in the US and overseas.

Pioneers In Marketing High-quality Aloe Vera Products

Formed in 1978 by Rex Maughn and Karl Jensen, the company is best known for marketing aloe vera-based products, ranging from nutritional supplements to cosmetics and skin care items. Their acquisition of Aloe vera of America in the 1980s gave them a lot of headway in marketing and promoting their products. Apart from marketing aloe and bee hive-based products, the company has expanded its product range and now offers an assortment of herbal supplements, as well as air and water filtration systems.

How Distributors earn Their Profits?

In the companys business opportunity plan, distributors are mainly part-time agents who sell the products in person, or online. These independent distributors get their commissions from their personal sales, as well as from the products sold by their recruits, or downlines, which theyve brought into the company. Those who wish to earn considerable income need to devote a large amount of time and effort in recruiting a sizable number of distributors.

On its official web site, the company gives three reasons on why you should be a distributor. First, this allows you to start your own home-based business. Second, it allows you to sponsor friends, family, co-workers or business associates, and get commissions if they sell or buy the products. Fourth, as an independent distributor, youll be able to buy the companys products at a hefty discount, and then sell them for a 40 or 50 percent profit.

Apart From Profits, Distributors Get Juicy Bonuses

Aside from earning from your personal sales and the commissions from the sales of your recruits, you can also avail of what is called a group volume bonus, which will depend on the number of people who sign up under your organization or team, as your sponsor or recruit.

This means that the more individuals you recruit, and the higher their sales volumes, the more bonuses and commissions shall you get. This goes to show that the earning potentials are truly high, and it will all depend on how you entice prospects, as well as on how you motivate them to increase sales.

Based on reading the other Forever Living reviews on the internet, the company now has over four million distributors located in 44 countries. Their product offerings have expanded from just marketing aloe vera and bee hive products, and now range from daily care, skin care and cosmetics, health and nutrition, and even animal health and care products. The companys marketing plan has been tried and tested, and is sure to offer success to those who faithfully follow the business philosophy.

Electronic Cigarette Timeline

E-Cigarettes: A Brief Timeline

Electronic cigarettes are basically a new phenomenon in the United States, and a lot of people (including smokers) still have not heard about them. But they have been around for years in other parts of the world.

Here is a brief timeline of the electronic cigarette (e-cig for short):

2003 – Beijing based SBT Co. registered a patent for the first e-cig.

2004 – Ruyan, another Beijing company, is now the head; they merged with SBT Co to become SBT Ruyan Technology & Development Co.

oMay 2004: Ruyan sells its first cigarette in China; sales for 2004 total 1.7 million US dollars.

2005 – Sales reach 17 million US dollars

2006 – Sales reach 37 million US dollars

oApril 2006: Ruyan introduces the e-cig in Europe

July 2009 – The FDA releases a warning against electronic cigarettes and states that they may be unfairly marketed to young people.

January 2010 – A federal judge stops the FDA from blocking e-cigs coming into the country from China.

February 2010 – FDA files an appeal of Judge Leon’s ruling.

March 2010 – US Court of Appeals overturns Judge Leon’s ruling, giving the FDA the power to ban e-cig imports.

I wanted to share this information because a lot of people might be interested in e-cigs, but dont want to try something completely new, fearing that it hasnt been properly tested or might be unsafe. But as you can see, the e-cig has been manufactured, tested, and distributed long before its arrival here in the United States.

Hope this helps any of you who are sitting on the fence wondering if you should give them a try.