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Mobile phone to mobile computer??
Mobile phone to mobile what???
With the current mobile phone market in the UK reaching an all time high there seems to be a multitude of handsets on the market. New and updated models hit the market at a rate of around 4-5 per month. Many features seem to bundled into these phones as standard and the costs of making them has soared to the point that many of the mobile phone networks in the UK are now pushing for 18 month contracts to reduce the cost impact.
Huge pressure is on the manufacturers to come up with new functions and stylish designs to try and persuade consumers to change handsets on a regular basis. Mobile phones will continue to get lighter, thinner and as feature packed as the consumers desire to have the latest phone increases.
Phone manufacturers are now having to make a choice between producing a handset that covers all the bases at a respectable level to those handsets designed to do an outstanding job in one particular area for a more specific user. How many times have you heard someone tell you that they don’t use their camera, multi media messaging (MMS) or that they never listen to the radio function.
No sooner had the general public become accustomed to getting all this extra functionality from their phone, along comes 3G (3rd Generation) with it’s ability to offer mobile to mobile video calling and better access to internet resources it was almost certainly going to be a hit. The first real push in the 3G market in the UK came from a company who were specifically targeting this new generation of phones, aptly named Three.
New services such as mobile TV will compete with improved cameras, more memory and cutting-edge design. But the fact that the change to 3G will take some time to filter into the market is predicted by a report from research firm Informa Telecoms and Media . The report suggests that only 25% of all mobiles sold up till the end of 2008 will be 3G – however the more 3G phones that are out there the better as the video calling feature will then come into it’s own with friends and family being able to use the advanced feature from both side.
Mobile TV is now readily available but as with any television the main problem is reception, mobile phones are exactly what they say, mobile this means the reception levels are constantly changing and in some areas of low signal this can cause you to miss a vital piece of the program you are watching. That said overall the reception for a vast majority of people in the country is excellent on most networks. If you are unsure about your are you can check the network coverage for each network easily over the internet.
ITV is the first terrestrial station cast its programmes on mobile phone handsets in the UK. Initially offering ITV1 and ITV Play are being offered on the 3 network, with users charged daily or monthly rates. Programmes ranging from, The X Factor and Prime Suspect can be viewed by around 3.7 million customers through their 3G mobile.
Sky joined with Vodafone in November to launch it’s mobile television service and the BBC has pre-recorded content for mobiles but is still to over live content.
In May, people who watched programmes on mobile phones or computers were told they needed a TV licence to do so or they may face fines of £1,000, thought quite how they intend to enforce this with people on the move we are not quite sure.
New mobile video technology has started to take off in the UK and includes creating videos as well as watching them. Services like See Me TV on the Three network and LookAtMe from O2 are allowing users to upload their own clips. There are of course restrictions on content as any responsible network provider should enforce. The added bonus to offering you clips to other mobile users is that you get paid if people watch it, a fantastic route to follow for any budding comedians and actors out there who feel they can appeal to a wide audience.
A mobile without a camera these days is considered old and out of date, they are getting better and better the number of mega pixels (the higher the number the better quality picture you can take) seems to be getting larger each month and with it the storage capacity increases to cover the larger overheads. Very few models available in the market today are without the now “standard” features of a camera, sound recorder, alarm, internet browser and of course the much loved games. These days with the addition of “organiser” functions like calendars, task management and of course your “contacts” people rely more and more on their mobile.
For those people who are into music then Sony Ericson have released their “Walkman” phone W810i with a built in MP3 Player and fantastic handset design, or the W850 which also includes two way video calling.
Mobile phones are becoming more and more like a computer, with internet access, the ability to surf the web and pick up your emails, organise your diary and even the addition of instant messengers you really can hold your life in the palm of your hand. With a little thought and planning to what you need out of your mobile you can be well on your way to enjoying the best of this new technology.
With the introduction of more and more accessories you can really take you mobile phone to the next level, Bluetooth headsets, hands free car kits and in car chargers give you access to your mobile while driving and even ensure you don’t run out of batteries. Various colours mean that everyday people are making their phone match their outfit, a decent mobile phone is a must have accessory in this day and age.
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About the Author: Stuart Mitchell works and resides in the small city of Exeter in Devon, located in the southwest of the United Kingdom. He has been working in the technology industry for over five years
four of which have been related to mobile phones and mobile phone sales. He spends his time researching the market and promoting the best offers available from all UK maor networks.