Mobile Communications: Technology on the Move... and Then Some

By: Kevin Carsel

Mobile communications technology has, undeniably, made itself a part of everyone's way of living. We, who are living in an era where technology evolves faster than those of eons past we know of or might have known, have profusely displayed the need to be within constant reach to the most important people in our lives.

Mobile phones, PDA's, and laptops also evolved to meet that need which is changing constantly. Among the three gadgets mentioned, nothing could ever top the mobile phone, or at least not in some years to come. Ubiquitously, the mobile phone is the only communications device acquired by almost anyone, regardless of nationality, age, gender, geographical location, race, and culture. Perhaps the mobile phone is mobile communications' avatar.

And speaking of avatars, mobile phone manufactures like Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, and LG have their own sets of enhancements, whether for looks and performance. And they seem to be quite a hit among consumers because of the huge quantity of 'knock-offs' cell phone accessories that are pretty much everywhere, especially Nokia accessories and Motorola cell phone accessories. Customizing the mobile phone with one's personal flavor using mobile phone accessories (e.g. specialized cell phone batteries and cell phone antennas) come in. We need our mobile phone to function for us when we need it to be.

Mobile communications has also spawned mobile entertainment. Although music-on-the-go is not an original concept, which was represented by the ever-loved Walkman cassette player, mobile music has found its way to be a part of the modern mobile phone's arsenal of advanced features Of course we have the iPod complete with the iPod accessories and iPod cases. But having one device that could do the almost the same thing, seems to be a better idea (a logical and practical one at that). Plus, with all the fuss about 3G and Web browsing, mobile entertainment's fusion with mobile communications is just great.

And there's the matter of network coverage. We, mobile phone users, should thank the fiber optics gods for bringing us Nextel, Sprint, Verizon, and others that dedicated their lives to keep us connected to the rest of the world. Well, seriously, mobile communications have effortlessly entwined our lives with these carriers. We need those people to stay in touch. Of course, the obvious catch is we are to adhere to the love letter they will send once in a month. Now this love letter will, without batting an eye, will express their sincere gratitude of the trust we have put on them as well as their genuine interest to cut us off if we do not pay the bill within a given period. Of course, there are other good things that come with the bill, say; you have one the latest Nextel phone cases or the hottest Sprint accessories in the market. But just understand that in deals and contracts like we already have with these carriers, there is always a catch.

Admittedly, the mobile phone has progressed from a mere wireless telephone to a more sophisticated yet simple extension of ourselves. And perhaps it will remain as such for some lifetimes to come, unless a new technology comes along, which from my point of view, is highly unlikely.

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