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Smartphones Starting to Rival the BlackBerry

Next-generation, richly featured mobile phone handsets capable of both voice and high-speed data are still at the early stage of adoption, but are starting to win mind-share and regular use among highly-mobile U.S. business travelers, reports In-Stat.

According to a recent In-Stat survey, business travelers spending $300 per month or more on wireless services, and business travelers on the road 30 percent of the time, are beginning to take to the new handsets.

"For instance, they carry second handheld mobile devices more often and use their advanced features more extensively than do business travelers in general," says Allyn Hall, In-Stat analyst. "And their use of SmartPhones as the primary device of the two they carry is already starting to rival the BlackBerry."

In-Stat's study found the following:

- Heavy business mobile users are consuming about a third of their total airtime via their secondary handsets.

- Challenges for next-generation mobile phone suppliers include market awareness, end-user resistance to change, and making the right technical design trade-offs.

- The highest-spending business travelers averaged more than $450 per month spent on wireless services.

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