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The "Network PC" Has Arrived -- and Fits in the Palm of Your Hand
Posted: 06-Dec-1999 [Source: Datacomm]

[Sales of smart phones and wireless PDAs will skyrocket as users embrace anytime, anywhere Internet access. That is one of the conclusions of the new 245-page study, Wireless Web Wonders: Opportunities for Smart Phones and PDAs, released today by Datacomm Research Company. ]

Chesterfield, Missouri -- Sales of smart phones and wireless PDAs will skyrocket as users embrace anytime, anywhere Internet access. That is one of the conclusions of the new 245-page study, Wireless Web Wonders: Opportunities for Smart Phones and PDAs, released today by Datacomm Research Company.

"Smart phones will grab nearly 90% of mobile phone sales within five years," said Ira Brodsky, President of Datacomm Research and principal author of the report. "Handheld device s will leverage wireless Internet access to help people communicate with each other, buy and sell goods and services, and navigate their local environments. Combined shipments wi ll exceed 350 million units by 2003."

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Additional conclusions found in Wireless Web Wonders: Opportunities for Smart Phones and PDAs:

  1. Smart phones will be wildly successful. Dozens of Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)-compliant smart phones will be introduced during 2000. Mobile phone users will spend a growing proportion of airtime accessing the Web and exchanging e-mail/short messages.

  2. The Palm operating system will remain the clear market leader thanks to 3COM's spin off of Palm Computing, Handspring's introduction of the Visor PDA, and Handspring's development of the Springboard add-on hardware standard. Windows CE devices will find success in specific vertical applications, but are unlikely to catch on with consumers.

  3. Smart phones, wireless PDAs, and wireless handheld computers will fulfill the "network PC" vision. Handheld device users will access the Internet via mobile portals, run server-assisted applications, and employ network-based data storage. A plethora of new applications will emerge, many of them exploiting location-based content and services.

  4. Wireless data will make cyberspace truly pervasive, expanding the role of e-commerce, enabling widespread multi-player gaming, and creating a mass-market for Internet-based streaming media. The big winners will include mobile telephone operators, Metricom, and wireless LAN manufacturers.

  5. The growing wireless data market will demand higher throughputs and greater capacity. CDMA will emerge as the clear choice for mobile data. Qualcomm's High Data Rate (HDR) technology looks particularly promising.

  6. The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) will be extremely successful, but the Handheld Device Markup Language (HDML) will not, because users will demand access to all Web sites. The integration of GPS and mobile phone technology will create myriad opportunities for location-based content and services. Mobile portals will succeed by providing individuals shared access to groupware. Personal health care will become a major application for smart phones and wireless PDAs.

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