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Non-handset wireless spending booms in US

Posted: 23 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Handsets are hardly the only 3G and 4G devices around, and in the U.S., businesses are spending more money on wireless devices that are not mobile handsets, including tablets, notebooks and e-readers, according to In-Stat. The analyst says that business spending on non-handset 3G and 4G services will exceed $5 billion by 2014.

"As businesses become more mobile and as wireless connections become more ubiquitous, it is inevitable that new technology will be employed by business in an effort to raise productivity," says Greg Potter, research analyst, In-Stat. "It is no surprise to see this category of spending grow and it will become an even larger portion of wireless spending moving forward."

The market watcher also reports that enterprise spending makes up over 62 percent of business spending on non-handset data services, spending over $1.9 billion in 2010. Also, the administrative and support services, healthcare and social services, and professional services verticals will all grow over 70 percent from 2010 to 2014. And, the healthcare and social services vertical represents the largest share of spending, over $400 million in 2010.

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