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Issue #2003 - 28 (November 2003)
(Updated Nov. 4, 2003)


Smartphones Will Gain 24 Percent Share by 2008, Says ABI

Color screens, cameras and other technological advances in wireless phones are spurring replacement sales and paving the way for smartphones. Nearly 38 percent of all phones sold this year have color screens, says ABI Research, and manufacturers are not limiting color screens to the high end devices. The next big thing is the smartphone. With standardized operating systems, such as Symbian or Microsoft Windows Mobile come cost benefits and competitive advantages over proprietary operting systems because developers are more likely to create applications when there are standards.

ABI expects smartphones to gain a 24 percent market share by 2008, translating to 150 million units. Its "Wireless Handset Software: The Evolution of OS and Middleware Solutions and Their Impact on Next Generation Wireless Devices" report details the strategies of wireless OS and middleware providers. (Source: 3G.uk.co)

For more information: http://www.abiresearch.com

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: This forecast suggests 150 million smartphones in 2008. Annual ARPU of 300$ translates into $45 billion business - very respectable.

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