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| Most PDAs, Other Mobile Terminals Only for Private Use
February 8, 1999 (TOKYO) -- First-time buyers of personal digital assistants
(PDAs) and similar mobile palmtop electronic terminals tend to use their
devices for private purposes rather than for business.
|This trend was revealed by a survey on mobile information terminal usage
conducted by Nikkei Market Access.
The survey was conducted via questionnaire cards inserted in the December
1998 issue of Nikkei Mobile. Some 2,070 readers returned cards. Among
them, 1,266 respondents owned mobile terminals as of December 1998,
and those respondents together with business users totaled 1,433, according
to Nikkei Mobile.
Most of the users who have owned such devices for more
than three years tend to utilize their devices for both business and
personal applications. Those using the devices for private purposes
accounted for 27.7 percent. On the other hand, among the new users (those
with less than a year of owning a device), 58.0 percent said that they
utilize their terminals exclusively for private purposes.
A majority of those who use mobile terminals had utilized personal computers.
However, the December survey indicates that the circumstances are changing.
Regardless of whether the terminals are mainly utilized for business
or personal reasons, users say that email and "personal information
management" are the two major applications of such mobile gear. These
two features are preferred over others (by more than 20 percentage points).
An earlier survey was conducted a year earlier.
The email features are rated more valuable as compared with the personal
information management capabilities, according to the survey. New users
said that their primary intention for buying a mobile terminal is to
send and receive email messages.
Almost half of the users with less than a year of ownership place a great
value on the email functions. Those who have owned such terminals for
more than three years place less of a value on email (by 20 percentage
points), according to the survey.
On the other hand, those who have owned such terminals for longer periods
tend to value basic performance characteristics, such as operating periods,
operability and transaction speeds.
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