Convergence not likely in region

Convergence between mobile and computer-based applications will not happen in the foreseeable future in MENA countries where low-end handsets still account for the majority of phones being sold, Pakistani apps developer Confiz predicts.

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By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 20, 2009

Convergence between mobile and computer-based applications will not happen in the foreseeable future in MENA countries where low-end handsets still account for the majority of phones being sold, Pakistani apps developer Confiz predicts.

In developed economies computers and mobile phones are increasingly becoming one and the same thing.

“The smartphone market is really going to converge with the PCs. We’ve had laptops, we now have netbooks, the next step is a smartphone taking over,” says Confiz Solutions’ Chief Technology Officer, Syed Ali.

“We do not see that the internet would become a basic utility there. In parts of the US and Europe people have started perceiving the internet as their birthright, where it should be free just like water should be,” adds Ali.

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