Mobile phones less important than mobile services?

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Gartner LogoGartner opened their 11th annual Mobile and Wireless Summit today by saying that phones are becoming less and less important, while platforms and services increase in value. Nick Jones, a distinguished analyst at Gartner, said that in the enterprise sector, BlackBerry will battle it out with Nokia and Windows Mobile — and, sometime down the road, Google’s Android — to offer more services and advertising. He created a chart comparing some of the top players’ strengths in areas like unique services, user-created content, advertising, networking, and location-based services. RIM is strangely absent from the chart, but it’s an interesting look at how companies like Microsoft and Nokia stack up against social networking sites in the mobile sector.