Mobile Travel: The Time Is Now
Industry pundits have been touting the future promise of mobile travel for years. In 2008, that future will become a reality. Mobile technology represents the next major wave for travel applications, and its influence will be enormous. For travel suppliers, intermediaries and technology providers, mobile technologies will impact the way travel is sold, marketed and experienced across every segment in travel.
Other signs that mobile technology has reached a tipping point:
- The growth of GPS-enabled handsets will drive location-based wireless application development.
- Worldwide mobile penetration is expected to exceed 50% in 2008, and in emerging markets such as India and China, the number of consumers with mobile phones surpasses Internet penetration.
- Apple's iPhone makes it clear that smart design can make rich content accessible on smaller mobile devices, and more user-friendly interfaces are emerging.
- Google's Android mobile platform will enable third-party software development independent of the telecom companies.
- Current restrictions that limit service for individual mobile devices to particular carriers (e.g., only AT&T provides coverage for the iPhone) are also under attack, with Google and others lobbying for open access.
- With the implementation of broadband wireless technologies such as WiMAX, including numerous city-wide initiatives, the opportunity to communicate with travelers during their trips is immense.
PhoCusWright is launching a major research initiative, producing a first-ever special report on mobile travel and m-commerce: The Future of Mobile Travel. Be a part of this relevant, targeted and proprietary research at a much lower price point than would be possible with a custom research report. Participation benefits include the complete survey results, clear analysis, a professionally prepared presentation and more. Additional information is available. Interested? Questions? Contact us at +1 860 350-4084 x501 or via email.
Cathy Schetzina oversees The PhoCusWright Research Subscription: Technology Edition and has contributed to a range of PhoCusWright research efforts as editor, author and analyst, including The PhoCusWright Travel 2.0 Consumer Technology Survey and PhoCusWright’s U.S. Online Travel Overview Seventh Edition. Her areas of interest include consumer behavior, distribution strategy and industry trends, with a particular focus on emerging technologies. Cathy gained travel technology expertise as editor of the trade newsletter Travel Distribution Report, where she produced news and analysis on travel distribution and technology. She is a cum laude graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her MA in English from North Carolina State University, where her research focused on technology and culture.
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