Wireless Voice and Data to Drive Handheld and Palmtop Market

Wireless data communications will lead to an explosion in sales of mobile computing devices, including handheld and palmtop PCs, according to Cahners In-Stat Group. The high-tech market research firm finds that new palmtop and handheld PCs will make wireless Internet access a more commonplace phenomenon.

"Wireless data communications is the key feature driving this explosive market," says Robyn Bergeron, In-Stat's e-Business Computing Infrastructure Analyst. "Internet connectivity, coupled with audio applications such as MP3 capability, will push the mobile computing device market to record shipment levels."

In-Stat forecasts that palmtops will be the most popular mobile computing product by far, with sales growing an average of 28 percent annually through 2004. Unit sales of handheld PCs will actually decline an average of 7.3 percent during that period, falling from 1.2 million in 1999 to 810,000 in 2004.

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