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Could Wi-Fi-Only Phones Replace Cellular?


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Wi-Fi-only phones could theoretically replace cellular phones for some users, but respondents that participated in an In-Stat Web survey around Wi-Fi phones and communication devices had only a lukewarm response to the concept, according to In-Stat. Although the majority of respondents expressed at least marginal interest in Wi-Fi-only phones, nearly 25% expressed absolutely no interest, the high-tech market research firm says.

“Overall survey results indicated that Wi-Fi is a desirable buddy technology to cellular,” says Gemma Tedesco, In-Stat analyst. “The majority of respondents were interested in having a Wi-Fi communication device together with their cellular phones, albeit only if the Wi-Fi phone or communicator device is cheap.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

Current pricing for Wi-Fi-only phones is way out of line with what most consumers are willing to pay.

Respondents expressed a general satisfaction with their cellular handsets for mobile voice communication.

Respondents indicated they would pay a premium for a Wi-Fi personal communication device, such as the Sony mylo, compared to a standard Wi-Fi phone.


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