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U.S. Executives Use Smartphones for Daily Work


December 20, 2010

Smartphones are second only to laptop computers for work-related tasks, according to a new study released today by Forbes Insights in association with Google. The study titled, “The Untethered Executive: Business Information in the Age of Mobility,” is available at Forbes Insights website.

This newly released report is based on a survey of 306 C-level and senior executives at large U.S. companies ($500M-plus in annual revenues).

According to the study, 82 percent of executives use some kind of smartphone, 87 percent use laptops but 76 percent use desktop PCs. About 12 percent of those surveyed said that their smartphone is their most frequently used device. Also, 46 percent expect to be using either a smartphone or Web-enabled tablet most often within three years.  

Another study by Forbes Insights notes how Web video has become a critical part of the Internet mix for these senior executives. Based on the same survey, this second study shows that 83 percent of senior executives watch more online business-related video today than they were a year ago.

Forbes Insights is the strategic research practice of Forbes Media, publisher of Forbes magazine and Forbes.com.

“There’s a seismic shift going on in the C-suite. These latest findings show that senior executives are on the cusp of embracing mobile as their primary information device,” said Stuart Feil, editorial director of Forbes Insights, in a press release. “This move from novelty to mainstream usage mirrors what we’ve seen occur with video over the past 18 months, so we could see some significant swings related to mobility in the very near future.”

Read a related article at unified communications “Cyber criminals target Smartphones as malware increases by a third in 2010, reveals AdaptiveMobile.”


Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard




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