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Smartphone users love video

Smartphone users love video

6/6/2013

When you're deciding on what phone to buy, you probably shouldn't base your decision on what everyone else has. While it can be tempting, it's a much better idea to consider what you actually plan on using your mobile device for. Do you make a lot of calls? Are you addicted to social media? If you're like many of today's smartphone owners, you're probably interested in another thing: video.

Always watching
According to a recent study from Ericsson, the number of smartphone users continues to grow, and one of the big reasons behind the push is people's desire to watch their favorite movies and television shows on the small screen. The report found that not only did data traffic volumes double between Q1 2012 and Q1 2013, but they're expected to skyrocket in the next few years, increasing twelve-fold by 2018. Total global smartphone subscriptions are also forecast to reach 4.5 billion by the end of 2018, compared to 1.2 billion in 2012. 

But what are people doing on their gadgets? Ericsson pointed out that video accounts for the largest segment of data use across networks, totaling an average of as much as 2.6GB per subscription per month in some cases. But people haven't maxed out on video - in fact, the firm anticipates that traffic from these sources will grow another 60 percent each year until 2018.

The right equipment
But as with anything else in life, you need the right tools to get the job done. Watching video on your phone is no different, and some devices are better suited toward Arrested Development marathons (or whatever floats your boat) than others. ReviewGist recently explained that mobile video enthusiasts should look for a few key characteristics in their phones, including a screen that is at least 3.5 inches. Perhaps most importantly, it's crucial to consider resolution. The source pointed out that a lot of higher end phones will have 730p HD, but if you're really a stickler for quality, try to find a gadget that has a screen resolution of 1080p. Additionally, you should choose a smartphone that's compatible with a wide range of video formats.

Making a change
So what if you've figured out your current phone just isn't cutting it anymore for watching your favorite videos? Switching to a different device can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. If you use a buyback plan such as the one offered by ProtectCELL, you'll be free to get a gadget that better fits your entertainment needs. And the best news? The ProtectCELL BUYBACK plan can get you up to 50 percent of your smartphone's retail value back within the first year, and 25 percent within two years.

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