Appendix B

Market Survey

 

 

Dynamic Science, Inc. conducted a market

survey during 1995 in order to assemble a useful description of the cellular telephones and related electronic devices that were currently in use at that time. Staff members visited retail establishments in the Washington, D.C. area and recorded descriptive information from sales literature. Phone and key pad measurements were taken at their widest points although batteries were not always present.

The battery units also affected weight measurements. In addition, consumer information was extracted from popular magazines dating from April, 1993 to the present in order to capture data on devices not currently for sale, but still likely to be in use. The tables in this appendix include information from both sources. They represent units still in use even though the trend is toward smaller, lighter weight devices.

The sizes of available portable cellular telephones range from less than 5 to about 8 inches in length. They weighed anywhere from 6 to 16 ounces. The displays accommodate up to 3 lines of messages with touch pads of 1/2" to 7/8" in size. Many of the phones have optional accessories including mobile mounting kits. These kits provide a storage place for telephones within the vehicle, while also encouraging the purchase of hand held models for in-vehicle use.

The very latest technology is a hands-free unit which does not require a mounting device. The Motorola StarTAC weighs 3.1 ounces and clips to a belt or can be worn on a cord around one's neck. It provides over one hour of service with its slim battery. Motorola offers a hands-free car kit option with cigarette lighter adapter plug. The StarTAC also can be used with a PC Card and desktop modems. The keypad is small and key travel short, but it is possible to scroll the
memory and menu on the 2-line screen. It also features the new theft alarm, account authenticator and PIN dialing technologies.

Mobile (car) phones are specifically designed to be permanently mounted and integrally installed in motor vehicles. At this time, most luxury and many mid-priced automobiles are being manufactured with appropriate power cords and antennas already in place. Dealer provided mobile phones are inserted into the vehicle's mounting brackets in the center console. Some offer "pop-up" modes.

Car phones are often designed with the driver in mind. They may include speed dial, voice activation feature and remote microphones so that they can be used in a hands-free mode. The keypads are generally larger than those for hand-held flip phones. Motor vehicle manufacturers and others are quickly adapting cellular technology for "on the road" applications.

ORA Electronics has designed Telecar which integrates a cellular telephone into a motor vehicle's audio system. For $100, the device promotes hands-free cellular telephone operation by automatically adjusting radio volume and directing incoming calls through the radio speaker system. This technology is standard equipment on some 1998 motor vehicles.

CellPort developed by CellPort Labs integrates electronic and cellular automotive technologies to access the World Wide Web. One anticipated application will allow emergency rescue personnel to upload an incoming patient's vital statistics to the hospital's emergency room web site while en route.

The 1996 and newer Lincolns are delivered from the factory to the dealerships with phones installed in the center console and which are ready to be programmed. Ford Communications is the designated service provider. When the automobile engine is started, the telephone comes on automatically. Microphones are built into the "A" pillars and mirror. When the phone rings, the radio volume automatically is reduced, and the phone can be answered by voice commands. Outgoing calls can also be made using voice commands.

Lincoln Continental owners also have the option of purchasing the RESCU system. Using their cellular phone and a global positioning satellite receiver, the driver can push a button to request emergency assistance. The cellular telephone will relay the vehicle identification number and location to a response center in Texas. The operator will call back, or dial the nearest 911 agency.

General Motors is offering its "OnStar" system as an option on all 1997 front-drive Cadillacs. For $1,000 plus a monthly charge, the customer will receive a voice-activated phone. In the event of a crash, in which an airbag deploys, the system will automatically call for emergency assistance. Through a satellite linkage, OnStar will provide exact information on vehicle location. This feature may also be of assistance in the event of car theft. The audio links will also allow the driver to request directions, and to activate the car's lights and horns upon request (for example, when the owner cannot locate his vehicle in a large parking lot).

 

Related Devices

The 1993 Motorola Cellular Impact Survey, referenced in Section 4 of this report, asked subscribers if they used other devices in conjunction with their cellular telephones. It is unknown how often such equipment is used in motor vehicles,
since there is no information on routine locations or circumstances for such use. The technological applications noted in 1993 include:

Pager

27%

Conference calls

16%

Cellular Voice Mail

13%

Faxes

11%

Electronic Mail

6%

Transmit Data over cell phone

6%

During the past several years, the market for wireless technologies has literally exploded. It would be impossible to accurately describe the many products currently available. The concern is that the small size and convenience of such equipment increase the temptation for drivers to employ them at inappropriate times. Vehicle mounting brackets for laptop computers are being sold. Some devices fit over the steering wheel, while others are designed to be placed in the direct path of a passenger's side airbag. Clearly these products can not only lead to driving distractions, but can be expected to cause serious injury or even death in the event of a crash.

 

A sample of some of the newest wireless devices is described below:

 

Nokia 9000 Communicator for use on GSMC (Global System for Mobile Communications) networks. This product provides voice, data and personal information management into a single handset. It weighs only 14 ounces and is the size of a large portable phone. Currently available in Europe and Asia, the 9000 will be introduced in the western U.S. upon the completion of the Pacific Bell Mobile Services network. With the 9000, users can make telephone calls, send and receive faxes, and access the Internet (hence, send and receive E-mail and tap into corporate and public databases). It is possible for users to maintain a conversation while viewing or transmitting data. Ericsson, NEC and Matsushita are developing similar products.

AXView is a palm-sized personal fax reader. It weighs less than 8 ounces and, when used with a cellular or land line, allows the user to receive, read, store and send faxes anywhere without using paper. The faxes are viewed through a virtual screen. One may view multiple pages, zoom in on specific document sections, as well as set up cover pages and an address book.

Cell&endash;U&endash;Memo digital voice recorders. Using microchip technology, this device fits onto cellular telephones as part of the "sandwich". The largest model is 7 mm thick. It allows the user to record "phone numbers, messages, shopping lists and more while driving or on the run". The sales literature also notes, "you don't have to stop at the roadside again."

 

Portable Computers

In their April, 1996 edition, "Mobile Office" estimates that there will be 13.5 million portable PC users in the United States. The number who use remote access is expected to grow to nearly 20 million by the end of this decade. With the introduction of "rugged portables" and multimedia notebooks, the numbers could grow even higher. The cost of cellular modems is now below $300.00. Traveling Software's LapLink for Windows or Symantec's pcAnywhere software can be used with a data-ready cellular telephone to connect with any host.

 

Personal Communicators and Organizers

Designed to allow for e-mail, faxing, phoning, voice-to-text, news service, devices such as the Newton MessagePad 120, Sony Magic Link, Envoy Wireless Communicator and RadioMail Wireless Messaging use cellular technology to provide instant information exchange to and from any above ground location. These personal communications products, like all electronic technologies, are becoming more advanced and less expensive and are being marketed to students and homemakers in addition to traditional business groups.

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Make

Model

Item

Size (in.)

Weight (oz.)

Size of Display (lines)

Size of Pads (in.)

Watts

Features

Cost* ($)

Antel

STR2000

Mobile mounting kit

x

10.5, 11.3 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, Opt.voice activate, 65 min.talk time

695

Antel

STR1300

Mobile mounting kit

x

14 , 16 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 80 min. talk time

595

AT&T

3850

Mobile mounting kit

x

8, 10 w/battery

2

x

x

x

x

AT&T

3770/3770S

Hand held with Mobile mounting kit

5.5 x 2 x .75

8, 9.6 w/battery

2, in.

.625

.6

Speed dial, memory, pop-up antenna, 65 min.talk time

490

AT&T

3760

x

x

8.2, 10.5 w/battery

x

x

x

50 min. talk time

549

AT&T

3730

x

x

12.7, 13 w/battery

x

x

x

60 min. talk time

699

AT&T

3620

Hand held

6.5 x 2.25 x1.75

12

2, in.

.875

.6

Speed dial, memory

395

AT&T

3025

Transportable

x

x

x

x

x

Hands free, voice activated dialing, antenna

129

Audiovox

MVX-800

Mobile mounting kit

5 x 1.75 x 1

5.4, 7.6 w/battery

3

x

x

Data interface

400

Audiovox

MVX-750

Mobile mounting kit

x

6.2, 7.4 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 60 min. talk time

1195

Audiovox

MVX-700

Mobile mounting kit

x

6.2, 7.4 w/battery

2

x

x

Data interface, 65 min.talk time

x

Audiovox

MVX-600

Mobile mounting kit

x

6.6, 7.9 w/battery

2

x

x

40 min. talk time

x

*Note: Price information may vary depending on vendor and cellular carrier

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Make

Model

Item

Size (in.)

Weight (oz.)

Size of Display (lines)

Size of Pads (in.)

Watts

Features

Cost* ($)

Audiovox

MVX-500

Mobile mounting kit

x

10.6, 12 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 65 min. talk time

995

Audiovox

MVX-300

Mobile mounting kit

x

7.1, 8.7 w/battery

2

x

x

55 min. talk time

x

Audiovox

PT300

x

x

17.7

x

x

x

60 min. talk time

795

Blaupunkt

TC-242

Mobile mounting kit

x

11.2, same w/ battery

x

x

x

Hands free,90 min. talk time

x

Blaupunkt

TC-142

Mobile mounting kit

x

10.5, same w/ battery

x

x

x

Hands free,90 min. talk time

999

Blaupunkt

TC-132

Mobile mounting kit

x

14.8, same w/ battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 90 min. talk time

1079

DiamondTel

22X

Mobile mounting kit

x

7.7, 9.1 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free,60 min. talk time

1095

DiamondTel

99X

Mobile mounting kit

x

10.5, 12.3 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free,90 min. talk time

899

Ericsson

DH197

x

x

11.6

x

x

x

120 min. talk time (digital), 75 min. (analog)

x

Ericsson

CH-337 (PCS only)

Hand held w/mobile mounting kit & pager

5 x 1.5 x 1.75

6.8, 8.8 w/battery

3

0.75

0.6

Data, interface, speed dial, memory

150

EricssonAH97

Hotline Pocket

Mobile mounting kit

x

11.6, 12.6 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 90 min. talk time

649

Ericsson

Hotline Pocketfone II

Mobile mounting kit

x

14, 15 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 95 min. talk time

x

*Note: Price information may vary depending on vendor and cellular carrier

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Make

Model

Item

Size (in.)

Weight (oz.)

Size of Display (lines)

Size of Pads (in.)

Watts

Features

Cost* ($)

Fujitsu

PCX

Flip phone w/ Mobile mounting kit

x

6.6, 7.4 w/battery

2

x

x

Memory, data interface, 100 min. talk time

1,295

Fujitsu

Pocket Commander Stylus

Mobile mounting kit

x

11.9, same with battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 80 min. talk time

925

GE

Pocketfone CT-400

Mobile mounting kit

x

11.6, same w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, speed dial, pop-up antenna, AC/DC, 90 min. talk time

325

GE

Pocketfone CT-200

Mobile mounting kit

x

11.6

3, 1st.5" others. 25"

x

x

AC/DC, 90 min talk time

325

GE

CT-100

x

x

14.3, 15.3 w/battery

x

x

x

90 min. talk time

x

GoldStar

PCP 100

x

x

8.8, 10.8 w/battery

x

x

x

30 min. talk time

849

GoldStar

PCP 99

x

x

8.8, 10.8 w/battery

x

x

x

30 min. talk time

799

JRC

PTR-870

Mobile mounting kit

x

7.2, 7.4 w/battery

2

x

x

60 min talk time

x

Kenwood

KMP-H700

Mobile mounting kit

x

14

x

x

x

Hands free, 80 min. talk time

1,399

Mitsubishi

TPK13

Transportable

x

x

1, in

.5

3.0

AC/DC, speed dial, memory, 60 min talk time

385

Mitsubishi

CT-500

Hand held

5.5 x 2 x 1.5

5

1, in

.75

.6

Memory, pop-up antenna

425

Mitsubishi

4000

Mobile mounting kit

x

7.9, 9.1 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 60 min. talk time

999

Mitsubishi

3000

Mobile mounting kit

x

10.4, 12.4 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 48 min. talk time

x

*Note: Price information may vary depending on vendor and cellular carrier

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Make

Model

Item

Size (in.)

Weight (oz.)

Size of Display (lines)

Size of Pads (in.)

Watts

Features

Cost* ($)

Mitsubishi

AH-5000

Mobile mounting kit

x

 

7.7, 6.5 w/battery

3

x

 

x

 

138 min talk time

400

Motorola

Alpha Deluxe

Hand held

x

8.6

1, in

.625

.6

Pop-up antenna

445

Motorola

Dynasty Gold 52145

Hand held (yellow)

8 x 2.5 x 1.75

8.6

1, in

.75

.6

Speed dial, pop-up antenna, memory, 100 min. talk time

485

Motorola

Dynasty

flip phone

6 x 2.25 x 2

11.6

1, in

.625

.6

Speed dial, AC/DC

385

Motorola

Dynasty 52140

flip phone

6 x 2.25 x 2

8.6

1,.44 in

.56

.6

Speed dial, memory, 100 min talk time,AC/DC

415

Motorola

Dynasty 52137

Hand held

6 x 2.25 x 1.75

9.6 oz

1, in

.56

.6

Speed dial, memory, pop-up antenna, 100 min talk time

405

Motorola

Dynasty 52112

Transportable

7.25 x 1.75 x2.25

x

1, in

3

x

Memory, antenna on pouch

385

Motorola

MicroTAC Ultra Lite

Flip phone, mobile mounting kit

x

5.9, 8.9 w/battery

1

x

x

65 min talk time, data interface

945

Motorola

MicroTAC Elite

Flip phone, mobile mounting kit

x

7, 9.4 w/battery

1

x

x

Hands free, 45 min talk time, data interface

1,200

Motorola

MicroTAC Elite

Flip phone, mobile mounting kit

x

3.9, 5.9 w/battery

2

x

x

45 min talk time, data interface

600

Motorola

MicroTAC Alpha

mobile mounting kit

x

10.1, 12 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 30 min. talk time

999

*Note: Price information may vary depending on vendor and cellular carrier

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Make

Model

Item

Size (in.)

Weight (oz.)

Size of Display (lines)

Size of Pads (in.)

Watts

Features

Cost* ($)

Motorola

Micro DigitalElite (TDMA

Flip phone, Mobile Mounting kit

x

6.6, 7.9 w/battery

2

x

x

45 min talk time, data interface

x

Motorola

MicroTAC DPC950

Mobile mounting kit

x

10.7, 12.3 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free,100 min. talk time

2195

Motorola

StarTAC

Wearable portable

x

3.1

2

0.2

x

Full featured w/security technologies

x

Motorola

Ultima

Mobile mounting kit

x

4.8, 6.8 w/battery

2

x

x

60 min talk time, data interface

1000

Motorola

Ultra Classic

Mobile mounting kit

x

16.5, 18.6 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free,132 min talk time

1175

Muratec

CT-50

Mobile mounting kit

x

15.2, 15.7 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free,60 min talk time

999

Muratec

MCT200

Mobile mounting kit

x

15.2, 15.7 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free,60 min talk time

899

NEC

P600

Mobile mounting kit

x

7.8, 8 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 60 min talk time

1349

NEC

P400

Mobile mounting kit

x

7.8, 8 w/battery

x

x

x

60 min talk time

1195

NEC

P300

Mobile mounting kit

x

14

x

x

x

Hands free, 80 min talk time

1150

NEC

P200

Mobile mounting kit

x

14

x

x

x

Hands free. 80 min talk time

999

Nokia

232

Mobile mounting kit

x

6.9, 8 w/battery

2

x

x

50 min talk time,data interface

x

*Note: Price information may vary depending on vendor and cellular carrier

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Make

Model

Item

Size (in.)

Weight (oz.)

Size of Display (lines)

Size of Pads (in.)

Watts

Features

Cost* ($)

Nokia

121

x

x

9.7, 11.1 w/battery

x

x

x

45 min talk time

799

Nokia

101

x

x

9.7, 11.1 w/battery

x

x

x

50 min talk time

x

NovAtel

PTR-850

Mobile mounting kit

x

10, 14 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free,76 min talk time

x

NovAtel

PTR-825

x

x

17, 18.5 w/battery

x

x

x

Opt.Hands free,60 min talk time

400

OKI telecom

1150

Mobile mounting kit

x

8.2, 10.5 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free,60 min talk time

899

OKI telecom

900

Mobile mounting kit

x

12.8, 13.7 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 60 min talk time

799

OKI telecom

910

Mobile mounting kit

x

12.8, 13.7 w/battery

x

x

x

60 min talk time

699

Omni Cellular

Model B

Mobile mounting kit

x

12

x

x

x

Hands free,70 min talk time

495

Panasonic Comm.

HH900

Mobile mounting kit

x

8.2, 9.5 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free.80 min talk time

699

Panasonic Comm.

HH700

Mobile mounting kit

x

9.4

x

x

x

55 min talk time

899

Panasonic Comm.

HP600

Mobile mounting kit

x

13.4, 12.4 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free,90 min talk time

499

Panasonic Co.

EB-H105

Hand held

5.5x2.25x.75

8.5

2, in

0.625

0.6

120 min talk time

385

Panasonic Co.

EB-H70

Mobile mounting kit

x

4.9, 6.4 w/battery

2

x

x

50 min talk time,data interface

x

*Note: Price information may vary depending on vendor and cellular carrier

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Model

Item

Size (in.)

Weight (oz.)

 

Size of Display (lines)

Size of Pads (in.)

Watts

Features

Cost* ($)

Panasonic Co.

EB-H60

Mobile mounting kit

x

9.4

x

x

x

55 min talk time

899

Panasonic Co.

EB-H30

Mobile mounting kit

x

12.4, 13.4 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 40 min talk time

x

Pioneer

PCC-900

Mobile mounting kit

x

9, 10.9 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free,43 min talk time

x

Pioneer

PCC-700

Mobile mounting kit

x

9, 10.9 w/battery

x

x

x

43 min talk time

x

Pioneer

PCH-600

Mobile mounting kit

x

18.6, 19.6 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 30 min talk time

x

Radio Shack

CT-352

Mobile mounting kit

x

6.9, 9 w/battery

2

x

x

50 min talk time,data interface

x

Sanyo

CMP330

Mobile mounting kit

x

14.1, 17.1 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 60 min talk time

899

Shintom

CH8950

x

11.1

x

x

x

60 min talk time

899

Sony

CM-RX100

Mobile mounting kit

x

6.7, N/A

2

x

x

90 min talk time,data interface

300

Sony

CM-H1

Mobile mounting kit

x

11.1

x

x

x

Hands free,95 min talk time

995

Tandy

CT-350

x

12

x

x

x

90 min talk time

799

Tandy

CT-302

Mobile mounting kit

x

15.9

x

x

x

60 min talk time

499

*Note: Price information may vary depending on vendor and cellular carrier

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Model

Item

Size (in.)

Weight (oz.)

Size of Display (lines)

Size of Pads (in.)

Watts

Features

Cost* ($)

Technophone

PC415

Mobile mounting kit

x

9.7, 11.6 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 60 min talk time

599

Technophone

PC405A

x

x

9.9, 10.9 w/battery

x

x

x

60 min talk time

599

Technophone

PC305A

Mobile mounting kit

x

9.5, 10.5 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free,

599

Technophone

PC205A

x

x

14, 15 w/battery

x

x

x

60 min talk time

599

Toshiba

TCP-2000

Mobile mounting kit

x

5.3, 7.5 w/battery

x

x

x

60 min talk time, data interface

x

Uniden

CP7500

Mobile mounting kit

x

7.9, 8.2 w/battery

x

x

x

72 min talk time, data interface

x

Uniden

CP5500

Mobile mounting kit

x

10.6, 12.4 w/battery

x

x

x

Hands free, 72 min talk time

899

*Note: Price information may vary depending on vendor and cellular carrier

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