Mobile phone users will be a big market for Bluetooth, but many people have already been put off by bad experiences with the technology, according to analysts.
Research by Frost & Sullivan, conducted six months ago, found that 69 per cent of IT managers had no plans to deploy Bluetooth, and only nine per cent were actually using it.
But mobile phones make up the vast majority of Bluetooth applications that companies are considering or using.
"Every analyst will tell you that the mobile phone market is the most important for Bluetooth," said Frost and Sullivan analyst Michael Wall.
"This is going to increase because legal requirements on drivers are going to see headsets and in-car devices proving very popular.
"However, many people remain scarred by bad experiences with previous Bluetooth kit and, in a lot of cases, people are buying Bluetooth but not using it. This may slow wider adoption."
The US is still an undeveloped market for Bluetooth hardware, with a third of people surveyed having never heard of the technology.
While there has only been a single Bluetooth CDMA phone, more models are expected and the Bluetooth enabled iPaq is proving popular.
But there is still very low take-up of the technology overall, in part due to the low availability of products in retail outlets.
China is also an undeveloped market, but the country's main telco, China Telecom, is involved in a three-year project to build the next generation of Bluetooth products, although none are close to market at present.
"There are still barriers to development, but they are surmountable," said Dr Qiang Gao, general manager of wireless technology developer IVT Corporation.
"Some ideas I don't understand - some manufacturers are putting Bluetooth in a fridge which is pretty pointless - but it could be useful to save electricity by starting my home's air-conditioning just before I get there."
Japan, on the other hand, has adopted Bluetooth wholeheartedly. Sony, Toshiba and other major manufacturers are enthusiastic about the technology for phones and computers, as are consumers.
Wireless printing and digital photography are also very popular applications. In-car devices are scheduled for introduction in Japan this August.
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