Cell Phones I

by : Ian Ball

There is a great convergence going on today. It has actually been going on for years, but like a lot of technology, the convergence is accelerating. Cell phones are at the center of one of the great historical convergences and there seems to be no end in sight.

Not long ago a cell phone was a just a cell phone. It has now been more than two years since many cell phones have taken on the added task of being a PDA, (Personal Digital Assistant). While that convergence was occurring, many people who carry cell phones with them all the time found that the most reliable timepiece that they owned was the cell phone that had on them.

Using a cell phone as a pocket watch, or replacement for a wrist watch has a very interesting benefit. The time on your cell phone will always be corrected to the local time wherever you are. As you travel across country, your cell phone will "pick up" a local tower and have its time "adjusted" to the now correct time. Another benefit for those of us, who remember wrist watches, is that the cell phone regularly adjusts to the proper time and never needs to be readjusted by you. In fact, the cell phone doesn't have a clock inside it, but gets the time signal from the local tower.

Recently the weekly news magazines published an article about the precipitous drop in wrist watch sales. It makes perfect sense to not need another watch, when you already have one which is so reliable. The cell phone "watch" also has alarms which you can set as you need to, Some cell phones even will allow you to set hourly or other repeating chimes at any interval you want.

After the convergence of the watch and the cell phone, the next logical device to converge was the appoint book. Most cell phones now will allow you to schedule appointments within the cell phone, and they will also ring to warn you of a meeting at a given time before the meeting is to start. Once the appointment book had merged, or converged with the cell phone, it was nearly immediately joined by the other functions of the PDA, and with that, the ability to link to standard office contact databases. Most cell phones can transfer phone numbers and addresses to and from desktop or portable computers running Outlook or other such contact managers.

There is more here already, and more to come. - Look for "Cell Phones II" coming as soon as I finish this call.

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