Sunday, 28 August 2011

Mobile Technology

Technology changes in leaps and bounds these days and especially with mobile telephony. How many people these days actually have a landline? As BT announces increases in call charges and line rental yet again this year I am sure that many people will consider whether  they still want a landland. Many mobile operators have inclusive packages of minutes and texts for a fix sum which in some cases works out cheaper than actuially having a landline.

A long time ago the General Post Office (GPO) as it was called then had a monopoly on fixed line communications although there was a separate entitity in Hull which was non GPO/BT then deregulation  and the likes of Mercury Communications came along and the start of choice began.
Similar things have happened with mobile communications as I believe Vodafone was the one of the first together with Cellnet (an arm of BT at the time). Landline telephones have evolved but more or less have stayed similar whereas mobile phones have shrunk from large brick type devices with heavy batteries to really small one now.


Im sure when Dr Martin Cooper,  the inventor of the cellular phone and worked for Motorola didn’t envisage when he made the first call in 1973 that there would be a massive explosion of devices. Dr Cooper got his inspiration from the handheld flip communicators used by Captain Kirk and others  in Star Trek.

And of course the original phones were analogue and could only make and receive calls. They were the forerunners of todays digital networks and now handsets can do all sorts of smart things. And they are now more secure as they have to operate with a SIM (subscriber  identity module) inserted which the mobile network provisions your services. 

Mobile phones can be so complicated  now with so many features but are a lifeline as well as able to deliver to you almost anywhere information  at the touch of a button. Much critism of late has been made of the Blackberry devices because of their secure messaging system but as the after-math of the riots proved also be used for the good.
SIM cards as mentioned earlier are used in todays smartphones but all sorts of devices from Apple Ipads and other lightweight tablet devices to TOMTOM Navigation systems brining you realtime traffic information as well as being in smartmetres forwarding your electricity and gas readings to your suppliers. The NHS are also using wireless communication health devices with SIM cards to send critical information back to them so that a patient isnt always stuck in a hospital and is being able to live a bit more of a normal life.

One mans vision of wireless communication between two people has developed into a worldwide success story having implications and positive benefits across a whole spectrum of uses. However we still get very annoyed by some peoples mobile phone ring tones. I know people tell me I have annoying ones to.

Still if we didn’t have people having unique visions we wouldn’t have the medium of the internet, the likes of Twitter and facebook, Apple devices (which I have started to love) or world wide mobile wireless communication .

We have a lot to thank one man for as has I have recently discovered he is on Twitter @MartyMobile so continues to move with the digital age and as part of a company called DYNallc. http://www.dynallc.com/#/Martin_Cooper/



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