U.S. businesses require an increasing number of wireless mobile devices, excluding mobile handsets. Tablets, notebooks and e-readers are becoming a larger portion of the overall business wireless spend. A new report from Scottsdale, Ariz.-based research firm In-Stat forecasts that spending on non-handset 3G and 4G services will exceed $5 billion by 2014.

“As businesses become more mobile and as wireless connections become more ubiquitous, it is inevitable that new technology will be employed by business in an effort to raise productivity,” said Greg Potter, research analyst. “It is no surprise to see this category of spending grow, and it will become an even larger portion of wireless spending moving forward.”

In addition, In-Stat’s report indicates that enterprise spending makes up more than 62 percent of business spending on non-handset data services, spending more than $1.9 billion in 2010. Also according to the report, the administrative and support services, healthcare and social services, and professional services vertical markets will all grow more than 70 percent from 2010 to 2014. Finally, In-Stat found the healthcare and social services vertical market represents the largest share of spending at more than $400 million in 2010.

The In-Stat report, “U.S. Business Spending, 2009–2014: Non-Handset Wireless Data Spending by Vertical Market and Size of Business,” provides forecasts of U.S. business wireless spending for the 2009–2014 period with detailed segmentation by size of business and vertical market.

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