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The seven top mobile and wireless trends for 2007

By David Haskin
December 19, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Ultimately, though, this will lead to somewhat larger mobile devices that are more appropriate for watching video, he added.

"We'll see an evolutionary split where one branch will get smaller -- kind of like phones as jewelry," Smith said. "But for media and other applications, like mapping, you need a larger screen."

One type of media that won't succeed is mobile television, despite the fact that cellular operators have been touting it vigorously.

"There's a lot of noise out there, but things aren't very far along in terms of broadcast to mobile devices," Smith said.

Gartner's Dulaney was even more dubious.

"We'll see a lot more experiments with mobile television," Dulaney predicts. "Personally, I think it's a joke. I've watched TV on a phone. It's OK, but you can't see much, and if you have to pay, well. ..."

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