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Demand for Media Tablets, Notebooks and eReaders

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.

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