11/14/2003 - In anticipation of this year's holiday shopping season, a recent survey conducted by AvantGo® entirely on personal digital assistants (PDAs) reveals the shopping habits, retail preferences and wish lists of today's tech-savvy mobile professionals. The new AvantGo survey shows continued growth in online shopping as well as an emerging trend to bring PDAs when shopping in person, making it easier to review gift lists and online product information. Respondents name flat-screen TVs, digital cameras and smartphones as this year's hot products, and in the spirit of the holidays, 53% list world peace as their number one wish.
"Holiday shopping has been transformed by the Internet," said Neil Versen, senior director of AvantGo at iAnywhere Solutions. "Already shoppers rely on the Internet to conduct research and make purchases. This survey now indicates that tech-savvy professionals are bringing their PDAs when shopping at stores, offering an exciting new opportunity to deliver coupons, promotions and product information to the palm of shoppers' hands."
All of the survey respondents shop online, including 88% percent who plan to maintain or increase their online shopping. Although 85% conduct shopping research at manufacturers' sites, 71% percent turn to shopping sites such as Amazon.com or Buy.com to make purchases. On the brick-and-mortar front, 90% of respondents bring their PDAs when shopping at stores and are most interested in receiving product reviews, competitive comparisons and coupons via mobile devices. More than half of respondents expect to spend over $400 this season on gifts, including a majority who plan to buy PDA accessories such as flash card expansions, Wi-Fi cards, stylus pens and digital PDA cameras.
About the 2003 AvantGo Shopping Survey
The 2003 Shopping Survey is based on responses from more than 1,000 AvantGo users. The self-administered survey was completed over a two-week period in October 2003 and delivered on mobile devices via the free AvantGo service. Respondents were self-selecting. To receive a copy of survey results, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
AvantGo Mobile Internet Service
AvantGo is a free service that delivers rich, personalized mobile websites to PDAs and smartphones. Today, more than 2,500 major brands, including American Airlines, CNET, GM, Rolling Stone and The New York Times, leverage AvantGo to target a highly desirable demographic of more than ten million registered users. AvantGo offers the convenience of anywhere, anytime access, seamlessly supporting both wireless and "sync and go" connectivity. To learn more about AvantGo visit www.avantgo.com.
iAnywhere provides software and services that enable the delivery of enterprise information anywhere, at anytime. More than 12,000 customers and 1,000 partners worldwide rely on the company's industry leading SQL Anywhere® database and mobile enterprise solutions. In addition, the company's AvantGo® mobile Internet service is one of the most popular mobile applications. iAnywhere is a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY). Visit www.ianywhere.com for more information.
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