LAS VEGAS-Wireless, handheld devices are becoming so advanced, consumers are increasingly relying on and expecting their BlackBerries, Sidekicks and iPhones to replace laptops for all their business and personal needs.

"Mobility is no longer just an option," Todd Christy, chief technology officer for Pyxis Mobile, told attendees at The National Investment Company Service Association's Technology Summit 2007 late last month. "There is an expectation of access to mobile data at any place at any time."

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