Mobile Phone Culture

By: Henry Kruz

Mobile phones have emerged as one of the most widely used gadgets in recent times. Initially mobile phones were confined with the business elite as one of the most expensive accessories. But now with more and more manufacturers coming up with cheaper mobile phones, it has become more a low-cost personal item than something very expensive.

It is seen that today there are more mobile users than landline users. Mobile phones are more user-friendly. Not only adults, young children using mobile phones are also increasing day by day. In most developing countries mobile phones has become a gift in disguise, because there is no enough infrastructure to support landline telephony. As a result, people from the remote corners are also getting a chance to stay connected with the rest of the world from which they were detached for so long. Thus mobile phones have given an opportunity to the poor people in alienated communities to avail those minimum needs, such as medical and legal support which are considered as elementary human rights. But if we look into the other side of the coin we can also find that there are also countries like North Korea where mobile phones are banned.

Today mobile phones are the most convenient tools that help people in a society to stay connected. With different levels of mobile penetration, a mobile culture has developed. People use it as a primary medium to communicate with friends relying on the address book. Along with the SMS buzz a whole culture of messaging has emerged. The texting or messaging culture is gaining further momentum with SMS2.0 on the hype.

In many mobile phones there are instant messaging options to enhance the texting culture. So is the recent introduction of Internet messaging or e-mailing by various service providers. Most of the mobile phones even have Internet capabilities that provide text messaging through standard e-mail. You can even send MMS clips and share videos through some of the sophisticated mobile phones available in the market today. Thus mobile phones are in to a culture of its own. With more and more users customizing and decorating the mobile phones according to their own choice, mobile phones itself has become a fashion with great economic value.

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