Sales soar for handheld software

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Sales soar for handheld software According to a report from market researcher NPD Intelect, Software Sales for PDA s jumped 3 times over the prior year. And just what software was leading the way? Games what else! Revenues didn t keep pace with units sold (900,000 in 2001 vs. 225,000 in 2000) however, as the average price of a program fell from $42 to $30 over the course of the year. NPD suggests the falling prices are a direct result of PDA Manufacturers slashing their prices. “Prices for the software have to keep in line with hardware prices,” he said. “It wouldn’t do to have a lot of this software priced at $50 when the hardware it runs on is going for $299.” The other factor holding prices down is the abundance of freeware and shareware in the marketplace. Simply go to www.downloads.com or our software store J to see the overwhelming number of programs available. In a somewhat related note, bargainPDA.com is beginning to add software reviews and pricing information to our database. Stay tuned as we continue to enhance the site. Got any ideas, contact me: bbeeler@bargainspots.com. Brian

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