PDA-Phone combinations will reach 49 million units by 2007

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PDA-Phone combinations will reach 49 million units by 2007 http://www.cellular-news.com/article.cgi/5596 After rapid growth for five years, the PDA market growth rate slowed significantly in 2001–especially in the USA. However, in a new report from eTForecasts, help is on the way in the form of PDA-Phones, which will see explosive growth in the next five years. PDA-Phones will grow from only 0.2M+ units in 2000 to nearly 19 million units in 2007 for a compound annual growth rate of 87.5%. PDA-Phones in use will increase from 0.9 million units at year-end 2001 to nearly 49 million in 2007 or 21% of all PDAs in use. PDA-Phones in use in the USA will grow to over 14 million units in 2007 or nearly 18% of all PDAs in use. Total worldwide PDA sales will jump from 12 million devices in 2000 to over 61 million in 2007. The capabilities of the PDA will improve impressively by 2007 and it will become a multifunction device with built-in Internet access, digital camera, music player, scanner and other functionality. The hardware capabilities of the typical 2007 PDA will be similar to the 2001 low-end PC. “Phone-PDA growth will follow the roll-out of 2.5G and 3G cellular networks because they need always-on packet networks to be useful,” says Dr. Egil Juliussen, the author of the report. “Phone-PDAs are showing early success in Europe and the market will take-off in 2002 and 2003 in Asia and the USA.”

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