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More cell phones could lead to a data traffic jam

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Maybe you've noticed the Internet connection from your smart phone has gotten slower.

It may get worse.

Smart phones have outpaced other mobile devices in the duel over data. 

"For the first time ever we're seeing smart phone devices demanding more data than the tablets," says Michael Flanagan, Arieso chief technical officer. 

Now analysts estimate the upward trend in mobile data use among smart phone users will outpace network capacity in the next three years

This means connection speeds could soon slow to a crawl.

Kurt Roemer at Citrix says that as more people use smart phones the way they use to use their tablet computers networks will suffer congestion just as physical roads do during rush hours and blames mobile video-watching.

"Yea people are uploading videos and pictures quite a bit because that's how they're documenting their lives and that's how they're sharing with other people what they're doing," says Kurt Roemer, Citrix chief security strategist.

Critics say there's only so much wireless bandwidth out there and it is not growing fast enough.

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