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9 out of 10 tablets are Wi-Fi only, finds IDC

Only one out of every Tablet being used by the users is a device with cellular connectivity

According to some analyst, it has been made clear that although peoples are willing to pay for new tablets but they aren’t yet ready to take on the fee for cellular connectivity. Chetan Sharma, of Chetan Sharma Consulting revealed that only one of every 10 tablets sold is using a cellular connection.

This might be mainly because of the fact that as most of the tablet users are also using a Smartphone that are connected with a cellular service. The consumers might not be entertained with the idea of paying for both services at the same time.

Sharma believes that this matter might be taken care of by the service providers by releasing some tablet cellular plans which will be able to attract more and more users.

The tablet market has grown very fast since its release. However it also seems that the operators are not the only companies trying to boost their growth. Sharma also believes that more than 200 million Smartphones and emerging devices will ship in 2014, compared to 50 million in 2009.

The computer market will also show a growth from 2009 to 2014 but it will be very low as compared to the tablet or Smartphone market. It has shipped 50 million in 2009 and will still be below 100 million by 2014. He also pointed to HP and Dell as examples of early computer powerhouses who seem to have failed to cope up with the new devices like the tablet and the Smartphones. 

Sharma also believes that by 2013 the data usage will fetch more revenues for the service providers than from what they will receive from the voice call revenue in the US. 


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-03-21 (Update: 2012-05-26)