A new report has revealed that smart phones are actually costing us more than we thought.
The study by the Israeli think tank Center for Technology and Policy Research (CTP), published on Thursday, estimates that the cost of smart phones has increased by 10% since 2007.
It also states that smart phone use is increasing worldwide, with one study finding that over 80% of all smartphone users in the US are now on a smart phone.
The report also claims that smartphones have been linked to an increased risk of cancer, and the authors of the study argue that the growth in smart phones is connected to the global economic downturn and the rise of a mobile phone age.
“In our report, we identified the main causes of the increase in costs, and then we put those costs into perspective,” said Dr. Uri Gellert, a professor at the Center for Technological Research, the institute that carried out the study.
“We came to the conclusion that the increasing costs are related to the technological progress in smart phone manufacturing, particularly in China, the Middle East, and Asia.
The increasing cost of the smart phone in the United States is due to the development of the iPhone, the development in mobile telephony, the rise in internet penetration, and a decline in mobile phone subsidies.”
According to the report, the biggest cause of the rise was the proliferation of smartphones and the adoption of smart-phones in China.
The rise of smartphones in China coincided with the decline in the cost per mobile phone, which was around US$50 in 2008.
Gellart further added that, “We also found that the adoption rate in the Middle Eastern countries has decreased, and that is due, in part, to the globalization of the mobile phone industry and the decline of subsidies in the region.”
According the report’s authors, the rapid expansion of the Chinese smartphone market has increased the demand for phones in the developing world, which is why prices have gone up.
However, Gellet also pointed out that the use of smartphones is not only driven by the rise and growth of the global smartphone industry.
“In other words, it is not just the rise but also the decline, that is the real driver of the market,” he said.
“And the rise is not confined to the smartphone, but also other gadgets like the smart watch, smart car, smart home, smart vacuum cleaner, smart refrigerator, and so on.”
The report also highlighted the fact that the demand and the price of smartphones are driven by demographics.
“There are more smartphones being used in the developed world than in the poor countries, which has led to a decrease in the purchasing power of the poor people,” said Gellot.
“But it’s not only the use that’s increasing.
It is also the price.”
The study also found an increase in the global population, which could be a result of the growth of internet penetration.
Gollert believes that the increase of the population in the West has led people to buy more gadgets, and therefore the cost for these gadgets has increased.
“I think that the rise [in the cost] of these gadgets is linked to the rise.
We saw the growth, and it was due to an increase of a certain population.
I think that it is the growth that is linked with the growth,” he continued.
“The increasing population in China has increased its population, and I think this has increased our use of phones and also increased the cost.”
According Gellett, the increase is not limited to China.
“I don’t think the global increase is confined to China, but I do think it’s linked to other countries, especially the United Kingdom, the United Netherlands, and Germany, who have seen the increase,” he added.
The study also noted that the global rise in smartphones has also been linked with a decrease of subsidies.
According to the researchers, “Smart phones are not only expensive, but they are also a cause of a decline of government subsidies in developing countries.
In other words [the subsidies] have not kept pace with the price increase, and in fact, the subsidies have gone down.
This is why the subsidies are so low in the emerging economies, and not the developed countries.”
The study, entitled “Is Smart Phone Use a Big Issue?” and published in the International Journal of Smartphone Technology and Applications, was co-authored by Dr. Yuval Zare, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Eitan Lefkowitz, Professor and chair of the Department of Technology, the Technological Institute of the Hebrew University.
According to Zare: “In our view, the rising costs of smart phone are related primarily to the use and price of smart devices and the development and proliferation of the Internet of Things.”
“There is no doubt that the development [of smartphones] is a major factor in this increase,” Lefkarowitz added.
“With the development, the growth and the penetration of smart technologies, the cost is going up.
And the more these technologies are used