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From Biz Meetings To Pocket-Dialing, Florida Smartphone Survey Maps User Habits Across State

June 18, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Telecommunications Weekly -- More than half of all Americans own smartphones, so it's no surprise these devices are hinged to some of life's most interesting moments.

Verizon Wireless recently conducted its first Florida Smartphone Survey, an online study to discover what Floridians are doing for the two to three hours a day on average they spend using their smartphones - much longer than the national average of roughly one hour. Illustrating a broad range of uses across the Florida smartphone landscape, the survey results reveal how Floridians are using their smartphones to stay connected.

In the state of Florida, tens of millions of calls, texts and high-speed data connections are made on the Verizon Wireless network every day. While text messages and voice calls remain staples of mobile communication, the Verizon Wireless survey shows that Florida smartphone users are also relying on their devices for work, play - and everything in between.

Smartphones also are adding new phrases to our vocabulary, as shown by the nearly half of respondents that report accidentally "pocket-dialing" someone.

"From serving as a mobile office to shooting selfies and more - even by accident - Floridians are especially connected to their smartphones," said Mariano Legaz, Verizon Wireless Florida region president. "We at Verizon work very hard to provide the very best 4G LTE network, most advanced technologies and top customer experience to help Floridians maintain that great relationship with their wireless devices."

The findings also showed that smartphone and user relationships are so strong that they actually rival others in their lives. Specifically, 73 percent would give up coffee, 37 percent would give up computers or laptops - and 11 percent would even call it quits with significant others before abandoning their smartphones!

Despite the affection for their devices, Floridians also have a habit of putting them in harm's way. About 31 percent have broken phones, while 29 percent have spilled food/drink on them. In a state largely surrounded by water, it's not surprising that 5 percent noted accidentally dropping phones in the ocean/gulf.

Additional findings from the Florida Smartphone Survey - including information on text messaging, app use and other activities among the state's varied demographic groups - are available for interested media. For information on Verizon smartphones, services, network and more, visit

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Source: Telecommunications Weekly

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