In both business and consumer markets, widespread adoption of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) depends on the availability of wireless VoIP handsets, according to research firm In-Stat.
Dual-mode cellular/WiFi handsets will be the key driver to mass consumer adoption of VoIP, the high-tech market research firm says. By 2009, In-Stat forecasts that over 66 million cellular/WiFi handsets will be in operation.
A report bu In-State predicts consumer VoIP subscribers using wireless IP phones will grow from 2% currently to 73% in 2009. The company also believes that Europe will be the largest initial market for dual-mode smartphones.
Even though mass production of dual-mode sets is not scheduled until 2007, an In-Stat market survey found that over 80% of businesses have an interest in the technology.