UAE residents most attached to technology

Residents in the United Arab Emirates are more attached to their mobile technology than those in South Africa, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and the UK, according to the latest findings by phone manufacturer Motorola.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  December 6, 2005

Residents in the United Arab Emirates are more attached to their mobile technology than those in South Africa, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and the UK, according to the latest findings by phone manufacturer Motorola. The firm's MotoWithMe report – which was researched by the Consumer Analysis Group and released today - found that the UAE is one is one of the most highly mobile and connected societies in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, with four out of five of the UAE’s 500 respondents claiming they would find it impossible to manage without a mobile phone. In addition, almost 90% also said the same about an internet connection; that’s higher than any other country Motorola studied. More than 86% of UAE respondents apparently want their phones with them wherever they go, which puts them on a par with the mobile-loving Italians, while 58% also choose to have the internet with them at all times, which is again higher than most European countries (in contrast, only 28% respondents in the UK chose this option). Motorola also found that 30% of respondents also said they would like to take their digital or satellite television with them wherever they went, which is more than double the figure of most European countries and bodes well for mobile phone and media player manufacturers looking to break into this region. “Seamless mobility creates a more natural communication experience, allowing you to stay connected to the people and things you love regardless of the device you are using, the network or location,” said Hassan Tavakoli, vice president of Motorola Middle East and Africa. Giving technology vendors ongoing food for thought, almost two-thirds of UAE respondents also added that while technology has certainly made great leaps forward, they would now like it to be easier to use.

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