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Russell Shaw Russell Shaw is a specialist in mobile computing, telephony, networking and covers these fields regularly for numerous print and online publications. Russ writes the popular IP Telephony blog on ZDNet and contributes regularly to The Industry Standard blog as well. Author of seven books, Russ' latest book is Wireless Networking Made Easy.
John Yunker John Yunker is president of Byte Level Research. He closely tracks emerging wireless technologies and their impact on consumers and carriers alike. Over the years he has written a number of major reports on technologies such as Wi-Fi, WiMAX and cellular technologies.
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December 8, 2004

Intel, Women and Wi-Fi

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Posted by John Yunker

Intel has released a few results of a survey of more than 2,000 men and women and their attitudes toward technology. The survey finds that women are more predisposed to wanting wireless-enabled laptops than men. According to the release:

    Not often recognized as early adopters, women in the survey are revealed as leading the way with wireless Internet access, as more women than men believe this is one of the most important features for a laptop to have (39 percent women versus 29 percent men). While men (51 percent) and women (48 percent) agree that the airport tops the list of the most useful locations to have wireless Internet access, women (38 percent) are more likely than men (30 percent) to desire a connection in a doctor's office as well.

Wi-Fi isn't mentioned specifically, but I think that's what we're talking about here.

In a recent investor's briefing, Intel says that its Centrino (Wi-Fi) line has generated $5 billion in revenues in just two years. Not too shabby. Now Intel is aiming for the desktop. People may wonder why Wi-Fi would be useful in a desktop since it is a stationary device. For starters, wiring is a pain and always will be. But I think the larger opportunity is home monitoring and control. So many devices are going to be running on the home Wi-Fi grid that it will make sense to have all computers supporting Wi-Fi.

Finally, given such user demand for wireless devices, I wonder if Intel and Qualcomm will learn to play nice and start cranking out a line of Centrino/EV-DO devices. And why not add a Centrino/HSDPA line as well.

Yes, I know WiMAX is coming. But Intel should hedge its bets. It owns the wireless laptop market and should do all it can to keep that lead.

Comments (1) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Cellular | Home Networking | Wi-Fi


1. Jesse Kopelman on December 8, 2004 11:19 PM writes...

Considering Cisco makes an AP that can use 1xRTT for backhaul and I have seen a Nokia PC card that supported both GPRS and WiFi (don't know if it ever became commercially available), a device that in some way combines 3G and WiFi seems a forgone conclusion.

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