Mobile worker population to reach a billion

Beancounters at IDC have been shuffling their tarot cards and are convinced that the numbers of mobile phone users worldwide is set to top a billion this year.

IDC predicted that the number of workers using their mobiles will pass one billion and will grow to 1.2 billion by 2013.

Either that or it will meet a tall dark stranger who will want to play Scrabble with it.

There will be more mobile workers in the emerging economies of Asia Pacific, where a strong economic recovery and new interest in unified communications have sparked a surge in sales.

Sean Ryan, IDC’s mobile enterprise software soothsayer said that outside the US and Japan, where mobile worker population penetration has essentially peaked, there are large worker populations that are still growing.

In Western Europe mobile use will grow six percent over the forecast period to reach 129.5 million mobile workers or half of the workforce by 2013.

Of course by 2013 we will have forgotten all about such predictions and will be thinking about 2016. That is if the world has not ended.