The Wearables and Devices sector delivers detailed analysis of the smartphone, tablet, and wearables industries with research extending from the underpinning enabling technologies implemented in future mobile devices to the demand and supply dynamics at work in the world’s markets. While these mobile devices create the largest global consumer electronics market, providing myriad opportunities, it also provides some of the toughest challenges for vendors as segments of the market mature. To counter this development, the practice provides an understanding of the next phase of growth in the mobile devices sector utilizing key segmentations, market data, and forecasts. Essential research areas to aid this understanding includes enterprise applications, mobile broadband adoption, the effects of new developing business models, demand shifts to the replacement market, the transformative impact of core enabling technologies (such as flexible displays, energy harvesting, array cameras, and smart biometrics), and new revenue opportunities in modular devices and smart accessories.
(This ABI Research Insight, originally published April 10th, 2008, is updated to reflect new information ABI Research has obtained regarding Qwest and Embarq services.)
Recent news reports highlight that MVNOs Qwest Wireless and Embarq are re-evaluating their relationship with wholesaler Sprint. The issue for both companies is that their wireless customer growth has been flat or declining since they became MVNOs. Worse is the low customer growth accompanied by low wireless business profitability. In this ABI Insight, we present perspectives from Sprint, Embarq, and Qwest with a focus on the possibilities for Embarq and Qwest to switch to another network provider such as Verizon.