Mobile Phones: the Journey so Far.

By: Keith Rickwood

In 1981, Nordic Mobile Telephone launched the first fully automatic mobile phone system and since then, mobile phones have been continuously evolving. Shrinking is size and growing in usability and capabilities, the handsets of today have become multi-utility devices offering more than mere communication and connectivity.

Global positioning system(GPS), Satellite navigation, business applications, Internet, Music, camera are some of the features, you can expect from the mobile phones available in the market. The design too, has taken a big leap over the years and with the miniaturization of components and advent of newer technologies, handsets have gone smaller and slimmer. You have mobile phones garbed in quality metals and crafted by popular designers, decorating the showcases of manufacturers.

On technology, the growth is nothing but phenomenal. It stated with 1G(first generation) and with time passed through 2G, 2.5G, 2.75G, 3G and now, we are on the verge of 4G. Video-calling, conference calling, video streaming and mobile T.V; things have only got better and better. The hardware and software configuration have become more advanced which have brought multi-functionalities in your mobile phone.

The number of mobile phone subscribers around the world is estimated to have touched the 3 billion mark. Mobile phones have comprehensively out-numbered land-line connections in major countries. It is expected that by the end of this decade, mobile phone connectivity will reach to every point across the world.

The market is witnessing fierce competition among mobile companies. Among manufacturers, Nokia is leading the market with an estimate 36 per cent global market share (Source-Wikipedia). The other prominent manufacturers are Motorola, Sony Ericsson, LG and Samsung. Mobile service providers are more country specific with only a few among them having global presence.

With news of more handset launches and entry of newer players, the future of mobile telephony, only looks brighter and brighter.

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