According to a recent study by The Yankee Group, in North America alone mobile data users will grow "significantly" from 26 million in 2002 to more than 84 million – or 45.1 percent of all North American wireless users – in 2007. Many in this group will be consumers who will use devices like camera phones to send photos wirelessly back home to Mom and Dad. However, the business world is expected to account for an increasingly significant amount of mobile data users over the next few years.
Additionally, consider the following. IDC predicts that the U.S. mobile worker population will reach an astounding 104.6 million by 2006. Certainly, millions upon millions of these workers will need access this critical information when away from the office. Businesses are already moving forward to keep their dispersed workforces connected. The Yankee Group found in its 2003 Corporate Wireless Survey that nearly 40 percent of businesses it queried are piloting or have deployed a wireless data solution, with just under 30 percent more expecting to do so within the next two years.
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