CNET reports that a market research firm is predicting mobile phones will surpass the popularity of desktops for teens in the United States. Only an estimated 20 percent of teens currently own a smart phone such as the iPhone—but mobile phone and content companies are counting on the idea that smart-phone adoption will spread fast among teens in middle America and other areas. "The iPhone is just the beginning of the all-in-one device. Uses of mobile devices will expand to include all kinds of bar-code applications and prepaid debit card payment methods," said Bill Carter, a partner at Fuse, who presented the firm’s findings at the YPulse 2008 National Mashup in San Francisco, a two-day conference on teens and technology. Advertisers are clamoring to reach teens in digital environments, because that’s where they’re spending much of their time—either online, with cell phones, or playing video games. What’s more, teens wield an estimated $200 billion annually in discretionary spending. "When you combine this new technology with teens giving their permission to market to them, the growth could be exponential," Carter said…

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