Mobile Phones More Then Communication

by : Simon Smith

Mobile phones entered in to our life not a long back. But they took no time in invading the hearts with their simply attractive functions and facilities. Before the arrival of this particular type of phones, no one had imagined that a phone can do such wonders. In other words, wireless, cellular or cell phones are really an unavoidable part of the life in the present day. These types of phones are long-range, portable electronic devices that use a network of specialized base stations that are generally known as cell sites. Just a glance on the device is enough to make us realize the role played by these phones in our life. The present day telephones definitely have improved a lot in all characteristics. But they are still unable to cope with the really stunning features and functions of mobile handsets.

Let us now have a look at the features carried by handsets that make the particular type of phone too attractive and breathe-taking. The cell phones carry along with them features like SMS text messaging, email, packet switching and MMS messaging services that land line telephones really fail to deliver. The basic difference between mobile phones and land line telephones is simple. As it was not possible to carry the telephone in hand, the users were unable to make or receive a call during the journeys. It problem has been solved by the use mobile phones. Here, the user is free to carry phones anywhere, any time, without any difficulty.

The history of wireless telephone dates back to 1902, when US patent no. 887,357 for wireless telephone was issued. Mobile base station cells ware invented in 1947 and it was in 1960, when the radiophones were invented. New features have been invented in the field of mobile phones over a period of time, but the real break through came in 1979. During the year, the world's first cellular network was launched by NTT. In early eighties, the first fully automatic network was launched. It was Nordic Mobile Telephone (NMT) system that launched the first cellular network in 1981. This resulted in a major boom in cordless phone usage in Northern Europe.

With the growth of technology in mobile phones, the world witnessed a heavy rise in the number of phone users. During late eighties and early nineties, there had been a wide expansion in the market of mobile phones. The steady hike in the number of mobile users resulted in the entry of more players into the market and the world saw a lot of new phone manufacturers in the markets who made heavy profits. These models introduced latest technology into the handsets. They ensured that the technology was accessible on fingertips. Among the mobile manufacturers in the world, Nokia mobile phones enjoys the largest space with approximately 40% of market share in the last quarter of 2007. Other leading handsets include Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, LG and Panasonic. All these manufacturers account for over 80% of all mobile phones sold and produced around the world.

The world has witnessed a heavy change in customs with the emergence of mobile phones. With in a span of last two decades, they have grown from rare, expensive equipments of the elite class to all pervasive, low cost personal items. The most interesting part is that the mobile handsets have out numbered land line phones in countries like the U.S. There almost 50% of the children have mobile phones while in countries like North Korea, mobile phone is banned.