GPS-based navigation: the next big 3G app‾

17 Oct 2006

(Wireless News via NewsEdge) After years of eagerly anticipating video would be the 'killer application' for 3G, a new survey from In-Stat finds that existing and potential 3G customers are much more interested in high-quality mapping and navigation services.

However, 3G carriers that want to capture that market will have to expand the availability of compatible handsets, In-Stat adds.

'Expanding the number of Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) or Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) handsets from today's levels will be an important step for 3G carriers to provide the applications their customers really want,' says David Chamberlain, In-Stat analyst. 'Unfortunately, technology choices left over from the 1990s make this difficult but carriers and handset vendors are starting to provide an increasing flow of products that better meet the 3G customers' needs.'

In addition, the In-Stat report '3G and Mobile Multimedia,' based on a survey of over 1,000 mobile users, found that current 3G users are very enthusiastic about the service, which is in marked contrast with other customers who have expressed dissatisfaction with premium applications.

That said, customer awareness of 3G is not particularly strong, with over half the respondents indicating they don't know whether their carrier offers 3G.

© 2006 Wireless News

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