|Tue Mar 24, 2009 - 4:17 PM EDT - By Annie Latham|
For those of us on Pre-Watch, the highly anticipated smartphone can't get here soon enough. When it finally does arrive (sometime before the end of June 2009), it will find itself in a very fertile market with lots of growth potential beyond Palm aficionados and gadget geeks (hey, I'm one!).
There have been some recent published reports that support this thought.
Contentinople's Aditya Kishore posted a piece on Friday that had some interesting stats:
Also, a story posted by Jason Ankeny at FierceWireless.com, contained some more interesting numbers:
AdMob, the world's largest and highest quality mobile advertising marketplace, serving more than 4.1 billion mobile banner and text ads per month, recently highlighted smartphone growth in its February 2009 Mobile Metrics Report.
Note: The full report is available at admob.com/metrics.
The demand is there. The willingness to switch carriers is more likely now than ever before. So if Palm can actually deliver the goods (on time, fully working, in volumes to match demand), and if Sprint can astound the wireless world with quality service and competitive pricing, the timing could actually work out. That's a lot of "ifs" though. One thing that's really obvious is that there are a lot of vendors eyeing this space. Execution is key.
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