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BlackBerry Curve 8330 Top US Smartphone, Google Top Website and Facebook Favorite of World, Says Opera

Posted by freeappsblackberry on February 2, 2010


Opera Mini usage gives us a snapshot of the the world’s mobile use, showing favorite websites and smartphones. Facebook and Google have become super populart. Unique users of
Facebook grew more than 600% during 2009, helping the site surpass
VKontakte, formerly the most popular social network among Opera Mini
users to become the most visited Opera Mini website in the world. Twitter saw its usage increase more than any other social
network, surging more than 2800% in just one year. In the United States, the BlackBerry Curve 8330 is the most widely used Opera Mini smartphone while Google is the top-visited website.

United States Data
Top handsets for December 2009

1) Blackberry 8330 (“Curve”)
2) LG LX600 (“Lotus”)
3) Samsung SPH M810 (“Instinct s30”)
4) Samsung SPH M800 (“Instinct”)
5) LG CU920 (“Vu”)
6) BlackBerry 9530 (“Storm 2”)
7) BlackBerry 9000 (“Bold”)
8)Nokia 3110c
9) Nokia 5130 XpressMusic
10) BlackBerry 8310 (“Curve”)

Overall US Info
– Page-view growth since December 2008: 228.1%
– Unique-user growth since December 2008: 128.5%
– Page-views per user: 276
– Data transferred per user (MB): 6
– Data transferred per page view (KB): 24

Top 10 sites in United States (# of unique users)
4) (up from 5)
5) (down from 4)
6) (up from 7)
7) (down from 6)
10) (back on the list)

– and traded places this month, as did and – returns to the top 10 after a one-month absence.

Global Trends
– In December 2009, more than 46.3 million people used Opera Mini, an
11% increase from November 2009 and more than 159% compared to December
– Those 46.3 million people viewed more than 20.7 billion
pages in December 2009. Since November, page views have gone up 10.1%.
Since December 2008, page views have increased 223%.
– Opera Mini
users generated over 315 million megabytes (MB) of data for operators
worldwide in December 2009. Since November, the data consumed went up
by 10.5%. Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90%. If this data were
uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed over 2.9 petabytes
(PB) of data in December. Since December 2008, data traffic is up 206%.
– The top 10 countries ranked by number of Opera Mini users are (in
order): Russia, Indonesia, India, Ukraine, China, South Africa, United
States, Vietnam, Nigeria, and United Kingdom. This month Ukraine
overtook China, Vietnam continues its ascent (at the expense of the
United Kingdom) and Nigeria is back on the list after a 3-month
absence, pushing Poland out of the top 10 for the first time.

Social networking on the mobile Web
– Facebook is the top social-networking site, worldwide. Given the
popularity of Opera in Russian-speaking countries, VKontakte used to be
in the top position (based on unique users), but it was overtaken by
Facebook in 2009.
– Twitter was the other big winner in terms of growth in 2009, with the number of unique unique users jumping more than 2800%.
– All of the listed social-networking sites, except for Friendster, showed significant user growth (via Opera Mini) in 2009.

Southeast Asia trends
– The top 9 countries using Opera Mini in Southeast Asia are:
Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Singapore,
Cambodia, and Laos.
– From December 2008 to December 2009, page
views in the top 9countries of Southeast Asia increased by 599%, unique
users increased by 385%, and data transferred increased by 587%.
– Since our last spotlight on Southeast Asia, Malaysia jumped from #4 to #3 and Thailand jumped from #5 to #4.
– Vietnam and Indonesia lead the top 9 Southeast Asian countries in
terms of page-view growth (1,316.4% and 641.9%, respectively). Vietnam
and Indonesia also lead the top 9 Southeast Asian countries in growth
of unique users (846.9% and 419.7%, respectively). Brunei leads the top
9 Southeast Asian countries in page views per user, with each user
browsing 987 pages on average each month.
– In Southeast Asia among
mobile-Web users, Google is at the top of the rankings for numerous
countries, with the very significant exception of Indonesia where
Google is only at #6 and Yahoo! is at #2. This is notable because the
vast majority of Opera Mini users in Southeast Asia are in Indonesia.
– Facebook is now the dominant social-networking site in Southeast Asia among mobile-Web users.
– By far, Opera Mini users in Southeast Asia prefer Nokia handsets.

State of the Mobile Web Report, published monthly, provides information
on the top global trends affecting the mobile Web. The full report is
available from
(English only


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