Smartphone shipments mushroom, raising capacity questions

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Smartphone shipments mushroom, raising capacity questions

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"Smartphone sales are exploding, which poses long-term questions about wireless network capacity as users show a willingness to pay for ever-bigger data plans.The pace of smartphone shipments is "extraordinary," jumping by 50% in the second quarter of 2010 over the same quarter in 2009, ABI Research said on Tuesday." ...

... "LTE, a 4G wireless technology that uses wireless spectrum more efficiently, should arrive in the U.S. on Verizon Wireless networks later this year and on AT&T's in 2011, Morgan noted. Metro PCS has already launched LTE in three markets and Wimax 4G is in the process of being deployed by Sprint Nextel and Clearwire in U.S. 55 markets." ...

..."Regarding data capacity with more and more smartphones using more data for the foreseeable future, Morgan said all the carriers worry publicly about spectrum efficiency and whether federal regulations will permit using more of the spectrum for wireless consumers." ...