Cell Phone Backup Heats Up

Today, most cell phone users have built up a rich address book. When they lose this information, it makes life miserable.

One attractive consumer solution is, obviously, to offer a backup service. For this, you need phones that are equipped to provide a standards-based backup service. Gradually, this is happening. We're at early stages of deployment: Perhaps 5 million people today do such backups. Expect that number to grow to hundreds of millions over the next five years, so that over-the-wire backups will become commonplace.

An example of a vendor providing the capability to operators and others is 03SIS. Operators typically charge around $2/month to their users. Apart from the revenue opportunity, operators like the fact that the backup service reduces user churn.

... David Ferris

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