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Werden deutsche Smartphones wieder dümmer?

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Die Nutzung von Smartphones ist stark gestiegen – immerhin gibt des die günstigsten Geräte heute so billig wie einst normale Handys. Doch viele der Geräte werden in Zukunft gar nicht „smart“ genutzt, glaubt Deloitte – weil sie nie so gut wie mit dem Internet verbunden sind.

Die Unternehmensberatung sagt in ihren „Deloitte TMT Predictions 2013“ für Ende des Jahres einen Smartphone-Bestand von 60 Millionen Geräten in Deutschland voraus – mit anderen Worten besitzt dann fast jeder Deutsche eins. Doch 15 Millionen davon werden der Prognose zufolge weniger als einmal im Monat mit dem Internet verbunden, weitere drei Millionen nur via WLAN und nicht unterwegs mit Mobilfunkvertrag. Obwohl es sich technisch gesehen um Smartphones handelt, erfüllen sie lediglich die Funktionen älterer Handymodelle wie Telefonieren, SMS schreiben und dem Erstellen von Fotos.#

Nicht mehr nur was für “Early Adopter”

Hätten bislang vor allem die technikaffinen „Early Adopter“ zu Smartphones gegriffen, erobern die Geräte zunehmend auch die Nutzerschaft, die weniger technikbegeistert ist – alleine schon weil das Angebot an hochwertigen Nicht-Smartphones immer kleiner wird. Deloitte erwartet nun eine steigende Zahl von einfachen Einstiegsgeräten, die weniger können und leichter zu bedienen sind. Auch, dass alte Smartphones an oft ohne Vertrag weitergegeben werden, beispielsweise auch bei Kindern, spiele eine Rolle.

Viele Neubesitzer seien weder von den zusätzlichen Gerätefunktionen überzeugt noch bereit, die hohen Kosten von mobilen Datentarifen zu zahlen. Doch Deloitte sieht einen Ausweg: „All-you-can-App“-Tarife – Datenflatrates, die nur für bestimmte Anwendungen gelten, statt Zugriff auf das gesamte Internet zu gewähren. Das kommt Kunden entgegen, die weder das gesamte Internet nutzen wollen noch bereit sind, die dafür meist noch hohen monatlichen Kosten zu tragen.

Deloitte sagt “All-you-can-app”-Tarife voraus

Deloitte sagt voraus, dass 2013 weltweit 100 Mobilfunkanbieter “All-you-can-app”-Tarife einführen werden. Damit würden die Kunden einen preisgünstigen Datentarif mit gedeckelten Kosten bekommen und die Netzbetreiber profitieren von der Beschränkung der freien Datennutzung auf bestimmte Dienste.

Denn die sogenannten Datentarif-Flatrates der Mobilfunkprovider sind bislang gar keine echten Flatrates: Hat der Mobilfunkkunde ein bestimmtes, häufig noch niedrig limitiertes Datenvolumen aufgebraucht, wird sein Zugang gedrosselt. Die Nutzung mobiler Video- und Musikstreaming-Dienste ist so bei den meisten heutigen mobilen Datentarifen kaum praktikabel.

Deloitte zitiert internationale Beispiele für den „All-you-can-App“-Ansatz. So bietet Vodafone in Spanien unbegrenzten Zugriff auf unterschiedliche TV-Kanäle. Bei der Deutsche Telekom ist in den 10 Euro, die sie für den Zugriff auf den Musikdienste Spotify verlangt, die Datennutzung in unbegrenzter Höhe bereits enthalten.

Letztlich profitieren davon sowohl App-Anbieter als auch Mobilfunkprovider. Die genaue Ausgestaltung des Vertragswerks zwischen Spotify und der Telekom ist nicht bekannt. Branchenexperten gehen aber laut Deloitte davon aus, dass sich die Zahlungsströme zwischen den beiden Unternehmen in etwa ausgleichen, das Ganze also faktisch ein Nullsummenspiel ist.

Außerhalb Europas werde Schwerpunkt dagegen eher auf Messaging-Diensten wie WhatsApp oder Internet-Telefonie (Voice over IP, kurz VoIP) liegen. Insbesondere für das außereuropäische Ausland erwartet Deloitte die Vermarktung von mobilen VoIP-Diensten und Messaging in Verbindung mit “All-you-can-App”.

Deutsche besonders interessiert

Eine aktuelle Befragung von Deloitte zeigt, dass das Interesse an solchen App-spezifischen Tarifen in Deutschland besonders groß sei. 47 Prozent der Deutschen würden demnach solche Tarife buchen – während es in Großbritannien und den USA jeweils nur 32 Prozent sind.

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Four Men to Face Charges Over Migrant Deaths

A Hungarian court said four men could face up to 16 years in prison for alleged people trafficking in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants found in an abandoned truck.

EU Considers Substantial Fund for Africa Over Migrants

The EU is discussing offering a “substantial” fund to African countries as an incentive for greater cooperation on the region’s growing migration crisis, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said on Saturday.

Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Journalists

An Egyptian judge sentenced a trio of Al Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, prompting fresh criticism of the government’s clampdown on press and political freedoms.

Thousands March Against Lebanon Government

A demonstration in Beirut against poor waste management blossomed into full-throated demands that Lebanon’s long-standing political class step down from power.

Turkey Bombs Islamic State Targets in Syria as Part of U.S.-Led Coalition

Turkish jets bombed Islamic State targets in Syria under the umbrella of the U.S.-led international coalition for the first time, the country’s government said, as Turkey expands its fight against the extremist group.

Stock Swings Don’t Shake Investors

Stock indexes’ wildest week in years rattled investors and fueled expectations for further price swings, but it failed to squelch the belief U.S. markets remain the best place to put money. 57

Foreign Man Arrested in Bangkok Blast Probe

Thai police said they arrested a foreign man whom they described as a suspect in this month’s deadly bombing of a Bangkok shrine that is popular with Chinese tourists.

France, Germany Warn Putin on Ukraine Separatist Elections

Leaders of France and Germany told Russian President Vladimir Putin that rebel-run elections conducted in the separatist-controlled regions of Ukraine would endanger the so-called Minsk peace process.

Rice to Press Pakistan on Antiterror Vigilance

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Thousands Protest Against Malaysia’s Najib Razak

Police said an estimated 25,000 people demonstrated in the capital, protesting management of the economy and debt problems at a state investment fund.

Tropical Storm Erika Weakens

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Traders are scouring stock, bond and currency markets for ways to make money on the malaise afflicting China. Some are piling into insurance-like contracts that would pay out if the country defaulted on a small pool of its foreign-denominated bonds.

Myanmar Buzz Fades for Many U.S. Investors

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A ‘Black Swan’ Fund Made $1 Billion This Week

Universa Hedge Fund, a well-known ‘black swan’ fund, made more than $1 billion in profits in one week amid volatility. 51

Inmarsat Says Russian Proton Rocket Puts Satellite Into Orbit

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