Copenhagen-based BullGuard, a producer of security solutions for PCs and mobile phones, expects its mobile security solution to be installed in approx. one million smartphones* over the next six months. About a year ago, BullGuard entered an agreement with Dangaard Telecom, the world's largest distributor of smartphones, to make BullGuard's mobile security product a standard solution on smartphones distributed by Dangaard. And now the market for smartphones is growing rapidly.
Michael Køehn Milland, group director of Dangaard telecom says: "We would like to help both operators and retail trade to find solutions which protect mobile phones against vira and other dangers." The BullGuard software installed in the smartphones is free for 60 days. After that the security solution has to be paid for if the owner of the phone wants to continue using the programme.
Gartner Research forecasts that in 2009, 25% of mobile phones sold will be smartphones. In Q4 2005, more than 16 million smartphones were sold worldwide, a figure higher than sales in the whole of 2004.
Heini Zachariassen, managing director of BullGuard comments: "We expect the need for security will grow when mobile phones increasingly offer access to the internet. Analysts predict that in 2008 more people will log on to the internet via mobile phones than via PCs." The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.
* smartphone generally means any handheld device that integrates personal information management and mobile phone capabilities in the same device – Ed.
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