If you're looking for signs that the U.S. economy is recovering and that business technology spending has returned, then you should look at the recent purchase activity on 3G and 4G non-handset devices -- such as media tablets, notebooks, and e-readers.
This segment of U.S. business spending has become a larger portion of the overall business wireless spend. According to the latest market study by In-Stat, overall spending in this segment was up nearly 30 percent in 2010 -- when compared with 2009 results.
"A key take away from the research is that the non-handset spending increase trend seems to be universal across all sizes of business," says Greg Potter, Research Analyst at In-Stat.
Apparently, there are several variations in some of the vertical segments but, they too, share a robust 2010 and have a very healthy five-year forecast.
Additional data points from the In-Stat study include:
Enterprise spending makes up over 62 percent of business spending on non-handset data services, spending over $1.9 billion in 2010.
Enterprise (1,000-4,999) will increase spending in 2011 by 19.5 percent in the professional services vertical.
Small Office Home Office (SOHO) spending will surpass $275 billion by 2014.
The healthcare and social services vertical represents the largest share of spending, over $400 million in 2010.