Small Businesses & Wireless

This goes without saying for AGi, but wireless technologies are essential to any small business that relies on mobility, multiple sites of operation and remote productivity.    Small Biz Trends tipped us off to the fact that AT&T took a look at wireless prevalence and put their findings into graphical form.  Here are the highlights:

Survey Highlights

  • Nearly all small businesses (98%) use wireless technologies in their operations, with two-thirds (66%) indicating they could not survive – or it would be a major challenge to survive – without them.

  • More than half (56%) of smartphones used by small business employees for business purposes are 4G, a 70% jump in usage from last year when only 33% used 4G smartphones.

  • Nine in 10 (90%) of the businesses using 4G smartphones are satisfied with the speed.

  • More than two-thirds (69%) of small businesses surveyed indicate that they use tablet computers, a slight increase from last year (66%).

  • Findings indicate that the larger the business, the more likely they are to use tablets, with 90% of those with 51 to 99 employees using them, compared to less than seven in 10 (69%) of those with 50 or fewer employees.

  • Additionally, newer businesses are more likely to use tablets, with 80% less than 2 years old using them, compared to less than seven in 10 (69%) of those two years and older.

  • 85% of small businesses reported using smartphones for their operations, more than double the usage five years ago (42%).

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