Wireless Internet banking is the next big thing in e-commerce. It's a bona fide revolution. So say those who see the future more clearly than the rest of us - the market research firms.

According to one firm, 40 million customers worldwide will be accessing their financial accounts over wireless networks by 2003. Another says the number of Internet-enabled mobile phones will exceed the number of Internet-connected PCs that same year. Still another predicts one billion mobile phone users by 2004, including approximately 600 million wireless Internet subscribers. (For the record, the last two sources were mobile-phone manufacturers Nokia and Ericsson - not exactly disinterested third parties.)

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