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Users Find SmartPhones More Valuable than PDAs and Laptops


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 31, 2006 - According a consumer survey, more users of SmartPhones reported that these devices are essential to their business than the users of PDAs or laptops, reports In-Stat ( But this does not mean that there will be automatic acceptance of SmartPhones and widespread replacement of PDAs and laptops, the high-tech market research firm says.

“Wireless manufacturers have more work to do before converged phones start taking market share from other devices instead of just complementing their sales,” says Bill Hughes, In-Stat analyst. “Users want a number of feature improvements including better keyboards, automatic synching with other devices, applications that have the same look and feel as on other devices, and expandable screens.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

* SmartPhones represent about 10% of the wireless phone market today. This will grow to 25% of the overall global market over the next five years.
* In many cases, users carry devices that have redundant applications. This behavior is in spite of the desire to have fewer devices.
* Wireless phone manufacturers can offer consumers more options on a single platform with SmartPhones. This reduces costs across the board.

Recent In-Stat research, Converged Devices: SmartPhones vs. Laptops and PDAs in Business Markets (#IN0602914MBM), covers the worldwide market for SmartPhones. It includes the results of In-Stat consumer survey regarding use of and attitudes toward SmartPhones. It also contains a five-year forecast for SmartPhone shipments and analysis of the drivers and barriers affecting the market. This research complements the recent report on overall trends for mobile devices in the report “The Big Trends for Cell Phones, 2006-2011” (#IN0602922WH).

This research is part of In-Stat’s Mobile Business Service, which delivers a comprehensive view of the US business market for mobile wireless services through timely and actionable analysis of strategic trends, technology developments, regulatory issues, end-user preferences, and corporate purchasing patterns. It analyzes the US market for wireless data and productivity services on an overall basis and within industry verticals. Coverage includes messaging, mobile e-mail, remote access and data connectivity, PIM, WLAN, location-based services, and wireless telemetry. It also provides dynamic data files provide economic analysis of spending on voice and data services by vertical market and size of business.

To purchase this research, or for more information, please contact Tina Sheltra at 480-609-4531; The price is $3,495 U.S. Dollars.


* Title: Converged Devices: SmartPhones vs. Laptops and PDAs in Business Markets
* Service: Mobile Business
* Product Number: IN0602914MBM
* Publication Date: July 2006
* Number of Pages: 33
* Price: $3,495 U.S. Dollars
* Abstract, Table of Contents, Figures & Tables
* Members Only Access: Full text HTML , PDF

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