3 Out Of 10 Business People Have Closed A Deal With A Text Message – Survey Reveals How Cell Phones Have Transformed Our Lives

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the first handheld cellular telephone call. Motorola’s Martin Cooper made the first call to his rival over at Bell, presumably to gloat. The first commercially available cell phone weighed 2 pounds and cost almost $4,000.

We’ve come a long way in the size, weight, cost and capabilities of cell phones. Today’s cell phones have transformed our entire lives. RingCentral released a new survey that shows this quite clearly, by shedding light on mobile phone usage in the work place and the generational divide in phone behavior.

Some of the survey’s findings include:

  • Sixty-three percent of people older than 40 still have a traditional home phone, while 69 percent under 40 use their mobile phone as their home phone.
  • Seventy percent of people use mobile phones to communicate for work. Of those surveyed, 47 percent use their own personal mobile phone for work while 24 percent use a company issued mobile phone.
  • Seventy-nine percent of adults use SMS messaging for business communications. Thirty-two percent say they’ve closed a deal with a text.
  • Sixty-nine percent of people over 40 still use the phone book to look up numbers they don’t know.

And there are plenty more findings in the infographic below! Check it out:

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Vincenzo Ravina is a writer, journalist and giraffe enthusiast from Halifax, Nova Scotia. You can learn more at his website, http://VincenzoRavina.com, or follow him on Twitter at @RavinaSBT.

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