Cell phones of the future

The high-tech market research firm reports that high-speed data access, Wi-Fi functionality, high-quality video cameras, or viewing broadcast TV, are just some of the future functionalities that are on the horizon for cell phone users. In an attempt to gauge end-user expectations for future cell phones, In-Stat/MDR conducted a survey that found the following:

  • Many respondents want useful location-based applications for finding friends or family, which is available on some phones today, though not yet widely utilized.
  • Most respondents had knowledge about the latest technologies, but they were interested in sensible benefits to their own usage. For instance, along with location-based services, access to e-mail ranked highest in a couple of the questions.
  • Respondents are also interested in practical mapping services and easier hands-free capabilities.