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Cell phones of the future to pack plenty of power

Cell phones might not be radically different in how they look in coming years, but what they will enable users to d...


March 16, 2004  


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Cell phones might not be radically different in how they look in coming years, but what they will enable users to do will change significantly, according to In-Stat/MDR.

The high-tech market research firm reports that high-speed data access, Wi-Fi functionality, high-quality video cameras, or viewing broadcast TV, are just some of the future functionalities that are on the horizon for cell phone users.

“Service providers and manufacturers are paying attention to the latest trends because they can take off quickly in the fast-changing global cellular business,” says Neil Strother, a senior analyst with the firm. “No one wants to be caught short when the next camera-phone phenomenon crops up.”

"Some of this technology already exists; it just hasn’t been widely deployed or accepted. Other technologies, such as fuel cells, are just a year or so away from commercial viability. Still other developments won’t arrive in serious volumes until the latter part of this decade."

In an attempt to gauge end-user expectations for future cell phones, In-Stat/MDR conducted a survey that found that most respondents had knowledge about the latest technologies, but were more interested in sensible benefits. For instance, along with location-based services, access to e-mail ranked highest among those surveyed.

The report, which is priced at US$2,995, outlines what to expect from Wi-Fi on handsets and also includes shipment forecasts for many new technologies.