We all know somebody, or probably several somebodies, who have abandoned their old-fashioned land lines in favor of mobile phones and/or Voice over Internet Protocol.
Last week, market research firm In-Stat revealed that the same trend is happening at America’s small businesses. In 2012, for the first time, spending on wireless at small companies will surpass spending for land lines, according to In-Stat. Interestingly, the smallest companies–those with fewer than 20 employees–will see the greatest spending on wireless, perhaps because that ability to connect from anywhere is highly important to their mobile and often virtual work teams. Meanwhile, businesses with 20 to 99 employees are helping to keep the telecom companies afloat, at least for now.
In-Stat also looked further into the future, predicting that wireless spending across all businesses will grow 37 percent by 2015.