The Future of Technology Cell Phones

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The Future of Technology     1 The Future of Technology: Cell Phones IT 330 – Emerging Technologies Tom Stinson, Instructor Sylvia DeSormeau February 21, 2011
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The Future of Technology     2 Cell phone technology has evolved greatly over the years. Where at one time everyone was amazed that a phone could be made to be carried outside the home; to which phone has the best capabilities needed to survive in today’s life. Most of us use our cell phones to take and send pictures, even video. We can text message, IM, and download ringtones and games. Most of us can even watch a little television and do some limited web browsing. If you are one of us that has been using mobile phones for a number of years, you can appreciate just how far they have come. Most of the younger generations never saw the “bricks” that started it all…yes those big lumpy, obtuse phones in the bag. Most of the time you could not get reception and if you did the call was still unclear. Looking at all of the technology available to us today, our cell phones seem to stand out above it all. The first generation phone was the analog phone. The battery capacity was limited and required antennas. It was restricted to making nothing more than standard phone calls. Because the phone looks box shaped and were not very mobile, they are often referred to as “bricks”. The “Bricks” evolved through the years to become smaller, more reliable, and a lot more mobile. By the 1990’s we began seeing the 2G phones. The second-generation cell phone made traveling communication more affordable and convenient. These phones had stable call quality and a suitable standby time. These second-generation phones are able to support the demand for on the go data, by supporting MMS, GRPS, WAP, limited internet, and some Java features. As the use of 2G phones became more widespread and people began to utilize mobile phones in their daily lives, it became clear that demand for data services like the Internet was growing. With a great demand for data, there would also be an increasing demand for faster data
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The Future of Technology     3 speeds. The 2G technology was nowhere near up to the job, so the industry began to work on the next generation of technology known as 3G. It is the 3G phones that the majority of us use today and would be lost without. (unknown, 2010) So where is the future of cell phones going? The only place to go is forward. Take for example the United States Military; cell phones are an integral part of their everyday activities. If something important were to arise, the Chain of Command has to be able to reach each one of their soldiers to have them prepared for any situation as quickly as possible. Another example would be the GPS system that most 3G phones possess. Although our military personal are well trained in map reading, it is more efficient to be able to simply press a button. Cell phones are not a standard issue item for the service member, however with the evolution and continuous advancement in cell
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