Smart phones and Wildfire Today

We just looked at some of the visitor statistics for Wildfire Today and noticed that 3.83% used an iPhone or an Android-based smart phone to access our web site over the last five weeks. That breaks down to 2.29% using an iPhone, and 1.54% using an Android device. And 0.65% used an iPad.

We will be curious to see if those numbers change with Thursday’s introduction of the iPhone on the Verizon network. The iPhone, until then, was only available on the AT&T network. We have a theory, that many of the people that are interested in wildfire live in areas that are not well served by AT&T and that Verizon may better suit their needs. There may be a pent-up demand for the iPhone so it will be interesting to see if that percentage increases. Of course the cost of the iPhone and early termination fees for switching carriers may slow down the acquisition of new phones.

Let us know, in the poll below, where you stand on the subject of smart phones and iPads. You can select a maximum of two items. If you are a new Verizon iPhone owner, leave a comment (or response) — what do you think of it so far?

I either have, or expect to purchase in the next 30 days:

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UPDATE, February 20, 2011:

We recently optimized Wildfire Today so that the site works much better on smart phones.

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About Bill Gabbert

Wildland fire has been a major part of Bill Gabbert’s life for several decades. After growing up in the south, he migrated to southern California where he lived for 20 years, working as a wildland firefighter. Later he took his affinity for firefighting to Indiana and eventually the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was the Fire Management Officer for a group of seven national parks. Today he is the creator and owner of WildfireToday.com and Sagacity Wildfire Services and serves as an expert witness in wildland fire. If you are interested in wildland fire, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Google+

2 thoughts on “Smart phones and Wildfire Today

  1. Have had Verizon for several years,( all feds should be aware they are entitled to 15% discount on personal Verizon account) … iPhone is great!

  2. Yep, I’m one of those folks who lives/works in an area where Verizon is the only viable cell phone option. No service at my home, but that problem was resolved by using Verizon’s “network extender” in conjunction with DSL service. Have just purchased an iPhone on Verizon as well.

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