Mobile Phones; Ceasing to Exist?

By: Gary Parsons

We have seen mobile phones evolve over the last few years and some may say that they are no longer used as they were first intended.

Whether you use your phone to make the odd call or go over your allowance each month, JD Power's annual survey has revealed that people are using their phones less for calls; making an average of 10 calls a week, compared to 14 last year. This has resulted in a massive increase of 14 text messages on average per week, per person.

So, what else are we using our phones for instead of making calls?

What was once known as the "WAP era" of mobile phones has changed and now people are going online to check their emails, the latest news and social networking sites, amongst others.

Phones like the new Nokia N95 are paving the way to a whole new type of mobile, with the integration of satellite navigation systems. This avoids the need to carry two devices around with you, thus leaving one in your car ready to be stolen whilst you go shopping.

You may have remembered the age of the Nokia N-Gage where manufacturers seemed to take the idea of gaming a step too far, designing a phone to sit in your hands in the same way to other portable gaming devices. Nowadays they are taking advantage of the large screens that come with our phones and not worrying so much about the design.

Taking pictures on your mobile phone has also taken off. With the launch of the Sony Ericsson K800i last year, people are finding that the 3.2 mega pixels on offer can be just as good as their average digital camera and often use the same type of memory cards. This is again leading to people using their phone's camera instead of carrying two devices around.

When you've ran out of features on your phone to use, you can find yourself sat on the tube listening to the latest release by your favourite artist thanks to the integration of music players. This used to be possible on phones in the past but Sony Ericsson has spent time perfecting the sound and is regularly releasing Walkman-style phones to meet this need and is doing well to show this idea works.

You might think it's extremely difficult to find cheap mobile phones with all of these features but with the exception to the satellite navigation system (at the moment); you can get all these features on some of the most basic phones without worrying too much.

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