This month, as always, sees the city of Barcelona as host to the most important minds and businesses in the Mobile Phone Industry. Growth of smart phones has increased enormously over the past few years alone, and the huge International companies showcase their wares in Barcelona from the 14th to 17th February (for those of you planning a last minute Valentine's Break, you may want to think again as Barcelona as the destination!).
Apple's iPhone, Google's Android, RIM Blackberry and Windows Mobile are all vying for your attention alongside Vodafone, A T & T, Telefonica, Ericsson, Yahoo, Twitter and many many more - the keynote speakers list this year reads like a who's who of current internet mobile technology. Facebook reaches millions upon millions of people: 500 million to be exact. And 200 million Facebook users are mobile, getting their Facebook fix from their Android, iPhone, and Windows devices. There's no doubting the market is huge.
Last year, much of the "wow" factor was taken by Google Goggles amazing translation tool and although that has quite possibly been bettered already, you can bet there will be another few rounds of applause in the App Planet this year, too.
The Congress has been injecting life into Barcelona's tourism industry since 2006, and is safe as host for the moment. However, with the bidding launched for 2013 onwards last summer you can bet that everyone involved with the congress is praying for a smooth running this year, given that the announcement is to be made "mid-20112 as to who will take the crown from then on. As usual with Barcelona, petty crime has been a problem in previous years, as well as hiked up hotel room prices (as of writing there was only ONE room available via the official website at the Barcelona W hotel at a cool 8,500 Euros per night!).
If you're coming to Barcelona this February, then consider apartments in Barcelona as a great alternative to hotel rooms. And for a quick look at the top sights, then check out this Barcelona On-line Guide.