Mobile data traffic is set to explode in 2010 putting strains on current 3G networks and causing network providers to reconsider pricing plans.

Juniper Research released their list of top ten trends on December 15.

The market researcher predicts that in 2010 the increased burden of data requests coming from smartphones and wireless mobile devices, could put 3G networks under so much strain that they may begin to fall. Juniper Research highlighted the sales of 33.8 million iPhones as one of the main contributing factors to the rise in mobile data.

According to Juniper Research, the second trend we may see this year is the rise of greener mobiles and mobile technology as consumers and industry watchdogs place more pressure on mobile phone manufacturers to create eco-friendly devices and technology.

The cloud computing trend that has blown through the computing world will also change the mobile and wireless industry with an influx of on-demand services, applications and data stored within the cloud.

The start of a new category of "smartbooks" (also known as tablet devices) - devices that are somewhere between a smartphone and a netbook - will emerge on the markets and will find "a rich seam in 2010," says Juniper Research.

The growth of App Stores, mobile social networking, LTE networks and NFC (Near Field Communication) phones are also among Juniper Research's list of mobile and wireless trends for 2010.

Juniper Research's Top Ten Wireless Predictions for 2010:
1. Mobile Data Traffic Explosion to put strain on 3G Networks
2. Mobile Ecosystem starts to go green
3. Mobile Heads for the Cloud
4. New category of Smartbooks to Emerge
5. Apps Stores All Round
6. Mobile Social Networking to Integrate with other Applications including M-Commerce
7. NFC phones appear in the shops
8. At least 10 LTE networks to be launched into service
9. Smartphones to Get Augmented Reality Makeover
10. Christmas Kindle sales expected to herald the rise of the connected embedded consumer devices

To view the entire report on mobile and wireless industry trends for 2010 visit