Home | TrendTracker | PowerBlog Reviews | The Experts | Newsletter
SMALL BUSINESS TRENDS brings you daily updates on trends that influence the global small business market.
Anita Campbell, Editor
Past life: CEO, corporate executive, tech entrepreneur, retailer, general counsel, marketer, HR ... (more)
email me
free business magazines
Trade publications FREE to qualified professionals. No hidden offers and no purchase necessary.
On Wall Street
The Deal
Computing Canada
Employee Benefit
Oracle Magazine
100+ additional titles. Click to browse.
Previous Small Business Trends articles can be found at the links below:
October 2003
November 2003
December 2003
January 2004
February 2004
March 2004
April 2004
May 2004
June 2004
July 2004
August 2004
September 2004
October 2004
November 2004
December 2004
January 2005
February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
Or, use the search box below to find a
specific post:

Sign up for our FREE Small Business Trends newsletter. (View Current)

We publish regularly and promise we won't share your email address with anyone. (Privacy Policy)
* Don’t have time to read several dozen blogs a day? Pick two or three. Your brain will thank you for it.

Small Business Trends Radio
Tuesdays, 1:00 PM Eastern U.S. time
on Voice America network
Click to listen

November 1st: Torsten Jacobi, CEO of Creative Weblogging, joins host Anita Campbell. Sponsored by Six Disciplines. Show details.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Small Businesses Adopting Picture Phones
Camera phones are one of the fastest-growing segments of the overall mobile phone market, a trend that is expected to accelerate. And small businesses -- usually slower to adopt new technologies -- are part of the picture phone growth trend.

An article in Small Business Computing reports that according to In-Stat/MDR, in 2002 the worldwide shipments of camera phones totaled approximately 18.2 million units. However, in just the first three months of 2003 alone, 7.8 million units were shipped.

What's interesting are the new uses that some small businesses are finding for camera phones. Small businesses are revolutionizing and streamlining their everyday business processes as a result of using camera phones.

Camera phones are being used for quality control, field diagnostics and troubleshooting, even project completion certifications. How?

In the case of field diagnostics and troubleshooting, an employee uses a camera phone to snap a shot of a diseased plant for a plantscaping company. The picture allows a long-distance diagnosis to be made on the spot. Prior to using a camera phone, a supervisor would have had to be dispatched or samples of the blighted plant taken and returned to a central lab for diagnosis, with significant time delays or extra cost.

In the case of project completion certificates, a painting company crew takes a photo of a building immediately after the building was painted, to prove the project is complete.

More news... more trends... more insight...

Home | Privacy | Terms | SmallBizTrends
(c) Copyright 2003 - 2005, Small Business Trends LLC. All rights reserved.