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There are no national statistics available on how many of the nation's businesses have cut the cord--the telephone cord. Lisa Pierce, vice president of Forrester Research, estimates that about 25 percent of businesses are starting to phase out desk phones. More than 8 percent of employees nationwide who travel frequently have only cell phones, says Bill Hughes, an analyst with In-Stat, a marketing consulting firm in Scottsdale, Ariz.
"In the business environment, it's really a matter of a company saying, 'This will save us money,' " Hughes says. Robert Rosenberg, president of The Insight Research Corp. in Boonton, N.J., says U.S. businesses lag behind Europe and Asia in going wireless because major cellular carriers, such as AT&T and Verizon, are also earning money by providing land lines to businesses--an $81.4bn industry in 2008, he says.
Source: CIO Today
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