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Multimedia Mobile Handsets Demand

Early Adopters Not Enthused About Multimedia Handsets -- The cellular phone industry's hype machine has been in high gear over innovative music- and TV-centric devices and services, but a new In-Stat report shows that some early-adopters are lukewarm about them. Fewer than 9 percent of respondents to an In-Stat early-adopter consumer survey were very or extremely interested in buying a cell phone capable of playing MP3 or other music files, and less than 11 percent were very or extremely interested in broadcast TV functionality. Only in the past year or so have smartphones started to build a significant market, after several years of hits and misses. A similar road is likely ahead for multimedia cell phones. Some mobile programming is quite clear: news and weather are winners.

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