LONDON Mobile handsets with embedded Wi-Fi continued to experience growth in 2009 despite total handset shipment declines, according to market watcher In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
While the 2009 Wi-Fi mobile handset growth rate of more than 20 percent was slower than 2008's early market monster growth, In-Stat expects that 2010 will see resumed strength with units exceeding 180 million. At the same time percent of handsets with embedded Wi-Fi will nearly triple from 2009's rate by 2013. And in 2012 25 percent of handsets shipped will offer Wi-Fi, the company said.
"There are three primary zones of Wi-Fi handset usage; at home, at the office and on the go," said Frank Dickson, In-Stat analyst, in a statement. "In the home, while broadband penetration has increased significantly over the past several years, so too has Wi-Fi penetration. This has enabled home networks that will rely on Wi-Fi handsets for voice and to share information with other devices, such as TVs."
"In the office, enterprise smartphones will continue evolving to leverage VoIP's potential, and on the go, consumers are increasingly leveraging Wi-Fi enabled handsets as they become more educated about hotspots."