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In-Stat/MDR reports 44 percent CAGR in smartphone shipment

Posted: 30 Aug 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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In-Stat/MDR has forecasted that Smartphone shipments will experience a 44 percent CAGR over the next five years as better devices and lower prices combine with other factors to fuel growth and meet demand are set to rise dramatically.

However, the market research firm believes the big breakout period for these products is still about 12 to 18 months away. But it doesn't mean that this year is not an important one. As this segment builds there are many things worth knowing in order to take advantage of these business opportunities. Some of the reasons why smartphones are taking off include smaller form factors, falling prices on select devices, better integration of voice, e-mail and personal information manager functionality, a growing variety of devices, and increasing demand from business users looking for integrated voice and data devices. Still, this segment does face some hurdles, such as price, size, lack of 3G networks, battery life, and security concerns. But most of these hurdles can be solved.

In-Stat/MDR also finds that in a recent survey of users, only 9 percent had a smartphone. In the same survey, Sprint PCS respondents showed the greatest willingness to pay more for a smartphone as their next wireless phone. Meanwhile, Symbian-based smartphones are expected to dominate over the next five years. Microsoft's platform will be second by 2006.

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