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8/22/2007
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Stephen Wellman
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Are Dual Mode Smartphones Really Overhyped?

Some analysts and industry insiders have claimed that dual mode devices are overhyped. I share their skepticism about new technologies and I agree that we need to caution against hype. But, I have to ask a question: Doesn't the iPhone prove that dual mode access is ready for primetime?

Some analysts and industry insiders have claimed that dual mode devices are overhyped. I share their skepticism about new technologies and I agree that we need to caution against hype. But, I have to ask a question: Doesn't the iPhone prove that dual mode access is ready for primetime?Dual mode technology has been around for a while now -- it's almost four years old at this point. The real impediment to dual mode smartphones and other mobile devices has not been the technology. The road block has been the carriers.

The success of the iPhone has proven that dual mode devices are ready. As I blogged last month, the iPhone demonstrates that dual mode access is no longer kludgy. Try using the iPhone on a Wi-Fi connection. If that experience doesn't prove just how cool dual mode can be, then nothing will.

Heck, even RIM is preparing to launch a dual mode BlackBerry. I think that's a sign that the business market is ready. And based on a recent panel I moderated, I can tell you that many many IT managers are eager for dual mode smartphones.

What do you think? Is dual mode access still just hype? Or is it ready for primetime?

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