Mobile Phones Plus Broadband Equals... Mobile Broadband!

By: Matt Sharp

Read on, as I check out the big innovation that's shaking the world: mobile broadband!
The history lesson: mobile phones and broadband
Ever since mobile phones first hit the world stage, they been proving themselves as absolutely essential communication tools. From the 80's where they wielded purely by people like Delboy and yuppie serial killers like Patrick Bateman, up to the modern day where everyone and their dog's got one. It's hard to think of any communication medium that has been so widely accepted, and taken into so many people's hearts. The world's certainly changed from the world of nineteen-eighty-whatever, with mobile phones just used as the ultimate posing accessory for Thatcherite Yuppie Scum everywhere. Now, people carry more than one phone, people sleep with their phones on the cabinet next to them, people even use them while going to the loo.

If any technology can be seen as being perceived as essential, it's the mobile phone.
The other big technology has been broadband internet access, and with this one, it's become even more essential! Ask anyone who remembers the bad old days of the internet, who remembers dialup, down your phone line. And not being able to use the phone when you were online. And getting a slower connection speed than an arthritic, and possibly dead, snail. Broadband freed us from all that, giving us fast, easy access to the internet. And it changed the way we use the internet, forever!
The future lesson: mobile broadband
What will the future bring us? Well, imagine the future is a great big stick (go with me on this). What the future will do... well, ok, what is already happening is that the big stick is stirring mobile phones and broadband together, to make the wonder that is mobile broadband. It should be really rather obvious from the name but what that is, is broadband internet access. When you're out and about, as it's totally mobile. So, you just plug a USB Modem into your laptop (or buy one of the increasing number of mini-handheld-PC's that will let you do mobile broadband if you haven't got a laptop), wait about 2 minutes, while it installs itself, and you're ready to surf. No messing about, no waiting for your broadband line to go live, no wires tying you to your desk. It's, quite simply, the future. And it's also, equally simply, fabulous!

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