Businesses To Spend Billions on Tablets, Notebooks, E-Readers

Businesses in the United States are clamoring for tablets, notebooks and e-readers.

The demand presents astounding opportunity for channel partners whose customers want 3G and 4G devices other than mobile handsets, according to new findings from research firm In-Stat. In all, companies will spend more than $5 billion by 2014 on the likes of the Apple iPad and Motorola XOOM, as well as smaller laptop computers, and products such as the Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook.

Much of the need will come from the health care, social services and professional sectors those verticals will increase non-handset mobile spending by more than 70 percent from 2010 to 2014, In-Stat noted. Of the three, health care and social services will dominate; last year alone, those two fields paid more than $400 million for wireless devices such as tablets. 

As businesses become more mobile and as wireless connections become more ubiquitous, it is inevitable that new technology will be employed by business in an effort to raise productivity,” said Greg Potter, a research analyst for In-Stat. 

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