According a forthcoming report from Parks Associates, using data from a survey of more than 2,000 U.S. Internet users, convergence is finding traction in mobile phones, with one-fourth of all U.S. Internet households willing to use a high-resolution camera phone as their primary camera. The report also found some consumer interest in mobile music applications, although photo applications are more popular among U.S. Internet households.
Vibha Pant, an analyst with Parks Associates, said "Although the industry is currently focused on iPods and Motorola's new music phone ROKR, consumers would rather have a camera phone. Moreover, the impending introduction of advanced mega-pixel camera phones will strengthen demand..."
Approximately 14 million U.S. homes expressed an interest in music phones, making them more popular than a smart phone, defined as either a PDA with phone capabilities or a phone that can perform computer-like functions such as e-mailing, word processing, and Internet browsing.
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