A growing percentage of business isn't conducted in boardrooms or offices anymore. Today, due in large part to the growth of wireless communications, business is being done anywhere and everywhere--in the airport, on the golf course, or even in the back seat of a taxi.
Wireless technologies like pagers and cellular phones used to be a luxury for small-business owners. No more. Considering the sharp declines in pricing and the improved quality of recent years, wireless communications are a viable option for every small company. "Wireless is coming to the masses,' says Iain Gillott, director of wireless and broadband networking with IDC/Link, a technology research firm in New York City. "More and more people are buying it.'
Clearly, a main benefit of using wireless products is increased accessibility. "Before we had to find a pay phone or go for hours out of the loop,' explains Blake Davidson, CFO of Power Research, a small industrial chemical manufacturer in Newport Beach, California, which began using L.A. Cellular's SmartDigital service in February. "But now we're constantly in contact.'