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Analyst: Sales of tablets with cellular connectivity to drop through 2016

0. phoneArena posted on 20 Jul 2012, 11:36

Research firm CCS Insight is predicting a decline in the number of tablets sold with cellular connectivity over the next four years; according to the firm's study the percentage of tablets sold with a cellular radio will drop to 38% by 2016...

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posted on 20 Jul 2012, 12:05 2

1. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1276; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

Why pay for a tablet that makes you pay for online usage fees when you have wifi. Most tablets replace laptops,,,,,,most laptops don't need wireless connections to access the web at home.

To pay39.00 a month to own tablet is ridiculous after paying 500.0 for it. In the end you will have paid 1000.00 for the year to use a product that should have only cost 600.00-700.00 at most

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 11:41

5. piggypigs (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)

the problem is, laptop can be connected via LAN ... tablet??

And tablet is more mobile than Laptop, so if you do serious work or use it often, there will be places where you can't get wifi.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 12:36 2

2. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)

How about we change the rating of the Nexus 7 to 9.5 now since it seems the lack of 3G/4G support isn't something people are missing...?

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 14:56

3. disneydad (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)

I remember when T-Mobile was thinking that cellular hotspots and tablet/netbook cellular connections were going to be the areas of growth in the wireless industry. They pushed it so hard until they told the frontline to back off sales on it due to so many returns. Ended up costing T-Mobile more money than it was worth to sell it.

We've seen more and more evidence that it is far from the growth area anticipated. Most consumers are not interested in a separate data plan and contract to get a subsidized device that is almost exclusively going to be used at home or within range of wifi. With Wifi becoming ubiquitous these days, I see no need for a cellular equipped tablet. Those who do need it are a very specific niche.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 21:35

4. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

This is another of those ridiculous statements that will go down in history :

"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home" --Ken Olsen

"I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse." --Robert Metcalfe

" It would appear we have reached the limits of what it is possible to achieve with computer technology." --John von Neumann (1949)

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." --Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

"The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad"
--President of the Michigan Savings Bank

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 18:05

6. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

I don't want an android tablet from a phone provider since they uck up the updates.

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