Mobile phones have a phenomenal impact on users world-wide, so much so that they have become indispensable. Their ingenuity was an integral part since their inception. The cellular phone business is today a multi-billion dollar industry with mind boggling profit margins. Little did we know when telephones were first introduced, that they were set to embark on a revolution like never before? Although they made their foray a decade ago, the impact they have on the masses is incredible. It gets you thinking, if it is the technology or the resourcefulness which makes them so indispensable.
There are many brands available in India and most popular among them are Nokia, Samsung, Motorola and LG mobiles. This industry is immensely popular and despite being a third world nation, India is one of the leading mobile phone users in the world.
How - The Function:
It may mean different things to different people. Technically they are two way radios, quite similar to the time honored walkie-talkies. Mobiles are much advanced and diligent as compared to the earlier devices. The basic principle involved, is the conversion of sound waves into radio waves and vice versa.
Phones have impacted our lives to such an extent that it is not merely restricted to the elite but is also one of the most common gadgets owned by almost every individual. So what has added to their rising popularity? Is it the standard voice function or much more than that? The voice function is only one of the enticing features and mobile phones have features like texting, voice calls, internet browsing, music playback, multimedia features and a host of other user friendly options embedded in the handset which adds to its durability. Besides, camcorders, ring tones, games, radio, push to talk (PTT), infrared and Bluetooth connectivity are the features that add to their rising popularity.
Advancement in technology has made possible, the usage in fields like business and internet marketing. Smartphones are the most ideal forms of business phones which not only ease communication but also enhance business communication and work related tasks and transactions. Scheduling interviews, appointments, sending e-mails, developing business contacts and having access to work related documents and contacts, while you are on the go are a few aspects of business phones that add to their permanence. Palm Treo smart phones are business handsets with simple user interface which adds to their appeal. Smartphones, windows mobiles and blackberry, rule the roost and are amongst the best known business phones.
The most basic phones which fall in the highly affordable bracket are a boon for communication. Not only are they handy and affordable but their versatility makes them all the more appealing. Many service providers offer user friendly options that make communication with friends and colleague's all the more simple and hassle free.
For The Youth:
The popularity of social networking is on a rise and what better way to make mobiles more appealing to the younger generation than to integrate social networking options in a handset. Advanced mobile phones from Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, have an edge over the rest of the handsets as they are well equipped for social networking in addition to other features like MP3s, memo recording, multimedia features, games and connectivity options.
Its popularity is on a constant rise and in most countries; cellular phones outnumber land-line phones, and in some markets from Japan and South Korea, there are customers as young as 6 and 7.
In Our Society:
Mobile phones have carved a prominent niche as well, more so in recent times, with the ever-growing importance for effective communication. A busy schedule may interfere with good communication but technology has solved that problem for most of us, and interacting with friends is so much easier with the recent developments in the telecommunication industry. Traditional modes of communication however, have taken a backseat with technological progress.
Mobile phones have impacted the present era phenomenally and handsets that offer entertainment, internet options, email facility and social networking facilities are a boon for mobile technology aficionados. The internet enabled services incorporated in mobile phones have helped mobile phones replace PDA, Computer, laptop, tablet and other high tech gadgets. Camera phones have, to a certain extent, replaced the mid range digital cameras and with progress in technology; they are bound to find a more prominent place. Technology never tires of up gradation which is a positive aspect, as mobile phones and the embedded technologies will continue to improve in the years to come, adding to the rising popularity of cellular phones.
It is entirely fair to say that social networking has become a driving force on the internet, bringing an ease of mass personal communication to those who want to share their life with others. In fact, so much so that for many the online social networking applications can take over their real, offline lives.
There is also a wide variety of networking applications to choose from with some of the more popular including Facebook, a service where individuals can post updates on their lives for their friends to see and comment on and similar services such as MySpace, Bebo and LinkedIn, the latter aimed at business users.
Slightly different are the instant messaging services where you can communicate with short typed messages, usually on a one to one basis or Twitter where users have the ability to broadcast short text messages to anyone who wants to receive them. As with other social messaging sites, Twitter gives its users the ability to have an information page about them listing their latest messages and showing the number of people receiving their messages, something known as 'Following'. Whilst some people who use the service have hundreds or thousands of Followers, many have only a few friends or family. There is a slight twist with Twitter in that messages have to be 140 characters or less.
Because of this mass demand from users to access these services, sometimes day and night it was not surprising that the social networking applications have found themselves onto mobile phones. This is particularly the case with Twitter, where messages have to be short and can easily be composed on the go from a mobile and as such have a greater immediacy. There are a number of different interfaces available for a variety of mobile phones and of course 'Apps' for the Apple iPhone.
Their mass appeal also means that these social networking applications are seen as ways of making lots of money for the corporations that control them, even though the basic cost to the user is nothing. By adding the applications into the heart of a mobile phone, manufacturers can encourage both sales of new handsets and also build in increased data and usage costs as well as providing users with a device that they may find more useful than as a traditional telephone. Thus it is not surprising to see the latest models from manufacturers such as Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung all have social networking applications integrated into the home screen of the mobiles, providing instant updates from Facebook and Twitter straight to the mobile and the ability to post your updates and send photos straight to these sites from your phone.
Using Twitter on your mobile phone is incredibly easy.
If you are already signed up to Twitter but haven't figured out how to 'tweet' from your mobile phone, this article will show you how to get started in 3 simple steps.
First of all, make sure you are logged into your Twitter account.
Then go to the 'Settings' tab which is located at the top right section of your page and then click on
Follow the instructions on the screen - select your country from the drop-down list and enter your mobile phone number.
Click 'Verify my phone'.
You will be told to send a text message to a number - you will then get a text message back saying that your number has been verified and will be able to start tweeting from your phone.
It really is that simple!
You can do many things on Twitter from your phone that you can do online - by using different tags at the beginning of your message, you can send tweets, manage who you are following, and re-tweet other users' tweets. You can also get text alerts notifying you of your favourite users' new tweets.
As you can see, it is very easy to assign your mobile phone to your Twitter account. If you haven't tried using Twitter on your phone - I suggest you give it a go.
It can be up and running in less than five minutes and will save you spending hours at your laptop on Twitter, and will mean that you can tweet on the go.