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What's the trend for 2004
Posted on 2-Jan-2004 11:50. | Tags Filed under: News.

The article by Jon Fortt lists 10 trends for 2004, strongly related to mobility - either work or entertainment. The list, published on The San Jose Mercury News includes video iPods, iPod competition, video blogs, flat TVs, and DVD recording.

Mobile and wireless are present in the list via Bluetooth, megapixel mobile camera phones and faster mobile networks.

Jon wrote about Bluetooth: "But now they're ready to introduce full-fledged products. Once a few PCs start shipping with built-in Bluetooth keyboards and mice, watch skeptics start jumping onto the Bluetooth bandwagon in August, around back-to-school season. We'll be saying we told you so."

He also touts the benefits and wonders of 1x EVDO mobile network (available in San Diego and Washington, D.C.) saying "...there are cell phone networks fast enough to move streaming video onto a cell phone or laptop. Those networks, called 1x EVDO and run by Verizon Wireless, are likely to crop up in a few other places in 2004 -- most likely because Verizon Wireless will expand its testing to new markets. Rival Sprint, the other major U.S. carrier that uses CDMA technology for its cell phone network, probably won't jump in quite yet. Sprint tends to update its network all at once. Meanwhile, AT&T Wireless will continue the expansion of its faster GSM/GPRS network.".

For the records, AT&T Wireless fast network is based on EDGE, as reported before.

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