The cell phones in the past were only used for making phone calls, but those days are long gone now. In today’s world, where change is the only constant, cell phones have been upgraded with lots of new technological features.
1. Mobile phone – A complete wallet
A new technology standard called “near-field communications,” or NFC, will turn cell phones into credit or debit cards. A chip is embedded in a phone that allows you to make a payment by using a touch-sensitive interface or by bringing the phone within a few centimeters of an NFC reader. Your credit card account or bank account is charged accordingly.
2. The World Wide Web in your pocket
Today many smart phones already provide full HTML browsers. Nokia’s latest N-series and E-series phones, which run Opera browsers for the Symbian operating system, are among the most advanced. In the future, these mobile HTML browsers will make their way onto even the most basic phones.
3. Location, location, location
Due to a Federal Communications Commission mandate that requires operators to locate people when they dial 911 in an emergency, a large number of mobile phones sold in the United States already have integrated GPS (global positioning system) chips. While these chips are used by some mobile operators to pinpoint users’ locations when they’re in danger, they can also be used to support a variety of location-related services.
4. Search goes mobile
Mobile search will become a standard feature on all handsets over the next three years. Most phones will likely have search built into their main screens, with a search icon prominently featured next to the time and the icons depicting battery and signal strength. Some phones will actually have a search button on the keypad or protruding from the case. While the big guys–Google and Yahoo–will certainly have a presence on mobile devices, “white label” services, such as one available from JumpTap, will also be popular because they allow carriers to brand the service as their own.
5. TV on the go-go
Mobile TV in all its forms is expected to explode in the next few years. IMS Research forecasts that by 2011 there will be more than 30 million mobile TV subscribers in the United States. The firm also predicts that almost 70 million handsets capable of receiving mobile TV will be shipped in the US in 2011.
Consumers will have access to a wide range of TV possibilities on their phones, from original and professionally produced content to repurposed clips to live broadcasts and user-generated clips. Experts believe there will be a spike in mobile TV usage in 2008 when the Summer Olympics in Beijing are scheduled to take place.
6. Simplified surfing
Ever notice how many clicks it takes to find the one thing you’re looking for on your phone? It’s worse than counting how many clicks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop. But handset makers and mobile operators are hard at work trying to make phones easier to navigate and simpler to use. You can easily access, browse and explore the latest mobile softwares & games with your mobile phone, whenever and wherever you are. These software belong to various categories of productivity, Business and professional, Travel, Lifestyle and many more.
7. Brainier radios
Many phones today are equipped with dual radios that let subscribers roam on differently configured cellular networks throughout the world, but in the next few years handset makers will also embed Wi-Fi technology into phones, allowing customers to use the devices in any Wi-Fi network hot spot.
8. Your very own cell tower
Does your cell phone get bad reception inside your house, but works just fine when you stand on your porch? Mobile operators may soon ask you to help them improve cellular coverage in your home or office with small Wi-Fi-like routers that boost cellular signals.
These routers create what are called femto cells, or small personal cellular sites. And they could help solve a major problem for cellular operators who have trouble covering less-populated regions or have difficulty reaching users indoors.
9. Picture perfect
One of the most dramatic changes in cell phone technology over the past decade has been the emergence of the camera phone. Today roughly 41 percent of American households own a camera phone. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to buy a phone today that doesn’t have a camera. By 2010 more than 1 billion mobile phones in the world will ship with an embedded camera, up from the 589 million camera phones that are expected to be sold in 2007, according to market research firm Gartner.
10. Mad for mobile music
There’s no question that mobile music is hot and will continue to grow in popularity. Mobile phone users around the globe are expected to spend $32.2 billion on music for their handsets by 2010, up from $13.7 billion in 2007, according to Gartner.