“Small and medium businesses (SMBs) have caught tablet fever, according to the results of an NPD survey fielded in September and released Thursday,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“Among these SMBs (defined as firms with fewer than 1,000 employees), 73% plan to purchase tablets in 2012, up from 68% three months earlier,” P.E.D. reports. “And over the next 12 months they plan to spend an average of $21,000 on the devices.”

P.E.D. reports, “Among larger firms (501 t0 999 employees), 89% plan to buy an average of $39,000 worth of tablet computers.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Dan K.” and “Sarah” for the heads up.]