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News | 12/11/2000 5:00 am EST

Wireless data communications to lead a PDA sales explosion
According to market research firm, Cahners In-Stat Group, growing wireless data communications will lead to an explosion in the sales of mobile computing devices, including handheld and palmtop PCs. The new mobile computing form factors will make wireless Internet access a more common phenomenon. Due to the PDAs versatility and their affordable prices, sales of these handheld devices should go even higher. Cahners predicts that Palm will continue to own the lion’s share of sales, but that it will erode slightly from 72% in 1999 to 65% in 2000. The group says this is the result of more robust sales from Handspring and Windows CE-based platform devices. It estimates that the worldwide mobile computing device market will increase 36% from 1999 to 2000.

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