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GLOBAL – Whether it’s how long people spend on voicemail, and why they hate, the latest trends in designing for mobile phones or the latest mobile industry stats, we’ve got the links for you in this week’s round-up of the blog posts and articles we found elsewhere and thought would be interesting for you. Read on for the latest in mobile bloggage.

  • According to a report in Cellular News, Americans spend over one billion hours a year on voicemail. Yet they hate it, with 38 per cent citing “long and rambling messages” as the main reason. My tip is to ask people to send you an SMS in your voice mail greeting.
  • If you design mobile websites or apps, then there’s a lot of valuable material in this special report from Smashing Magazine. The report covers the latest trends and discovers, once again, that the number of really good mobile websites is rather low.
  • Via. Symbian Freak, we learn that half of smartphone owners plan to use their devices for shopping over the coming holiday season, though it’s still quite a minority activity in the overall population. “Smartphone owners are different,” from regular shoppers said the report – they’ve got the time, money and resources to do these things.
  • Using your Nokia N8 to control your house? Looks like it’s possible now according to this video on MyNokiaBlog.
  • Want lots of stats about the mobile phone industry to hand in an easy to read format? Then print out this graphic from IStrategy that we found on MobileSlate.
  • And finally. Will you be able to avoid Wow-face this Christmas? Quite a funny advert for the new Nokia Facebook apps.

So go on – what did we miss this week? Let us know, as ever, in the comments.