Businesses need Smartphones

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According a recent consumer survey done by In-Stat, business workers claimed that their smartphones were more essential to their work than PDAs or laptops. However, In-Stat was quick to point out that this does not mean we’ll see the widespread replacement of PDAs and laptops for smartphones.

“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.”

More In-Stat smartphone survey results after the jump.

– 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, reducing costs across the board.