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SMBs Need Smartphones As Much As Sex

Smartphones and intimate relations ranked equally as the one thing that business professionals cannot live without according to the results of a new SMB survey.

Smartphones and intimate relations ranked equally as the one thing that business professionals cannot live without according to the results of a new SMB survey.As mobile connectivity has become more ubiquitous, it has come to seem more crucial to our very existence. That trend has brought the smartphone into a dead heat with sex as the one thing that business professionals can't live without  40% said sex, 40% said smartphones, and the other 20%...?

Sex is at least holding group with the advance of the smartphone. According to the results of a survey released today by RingCentral, a cloud computing business phone provider, coffee has lost market share to mobile connectivity: 17% (the bulk of that remaining 20%) ranked coffee as the one thing they could not live without.

The RingCentral email survey of approximately 400 customers conducted in March, reveals just how deeply embedded mobile access has become in our present, not to mention the future. The implication for businesses are significant. Almost 80% of respondents indicate they use their smartphone more than a home or office phone to conduct business. Moreover, 34% use smartphones more than computers and 7% don't carry laptops anymore when they travel for business if they have a smartphone.

Commenting on the findings, RingCentral CEO, Vlad Shmunis, said, This survey demonstrates the critical role Smartphones play in business. The passion business professionals have for these devices reflects a major shift in the way we work, and the new reality is that businesses do not have to choose between mobility and professionalism.

The complete results of the survey are available here.

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