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Laptop users turn to wireless

Aug 27, 20033 mins
Cellular NetworksInternet Service ProvidersNetworking

* More potable device users want untethered 'Net access

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And now back to today’s topic: Wireless is becoming the network of choice for business users with notebook computers.

More than 50% of laptop users access a wireless network for at least an hour a day, according to a recent study entitled “The Balance of Power” by Power Strategies, Alpha Beta Planning and marketQuest.

The group surveyed 619 mobile computing users, 311 of whom use notebook computers.

From mobile wireless data networks, to Wi-Fi to Bluetooth, users are choosing to download e-mail and synchronize their PDAs untethered.

Business users have more wireless network choices everyday. With the continued proliferation of public Wi-Fi networks and the work of national mobile carriers such as AT&T Wireless, Sprint PCS and T-Mobile to upgrade their networks with 3G compliant gear, it is becoming easier for customers to choose wireless over dial-up when traveling.

And infrared and Bluetooth support is also becoming the technology of choice for PDA users who were once tethered to their desktop PC every time they needed to synchronize their devices.

The entire study will be presented at the end of September at the Portable Power Conference & Expo in San Francisco. While a large portion of the report does focus on power issues for users on the go, the report promises much user information including network preferences and mobile user habits.