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Future Of Wireless
In the past some waxed futuristic, saying that someday there
will be a cell phone in every car. No one, not even its creator,
could imagine that the cell phone would become the most
significant consumer electronic device in history; bigger than
its wired cousin; bigger than TV's; even bigger than PC's. But
that's exactly what's happening.
A report by the Gartner Group projected that by 2009,
manufacturers will be selling 1 billion cell phones each year.
By then, 2.6 billion people worldwide will be using cell phones,
The cell phone's impact is so huge because it's so widespread.
A business associate of mine visiting a developing country in
Latin America noticed a man riding a bike with a state of the
art cell phone on his belt. To him a cell phone took priority
over motorized transportation. Anything so big, so powerful, so
far reaching can literally transform society.
Many sources project that this year cell phones will outnumber
land lines in the US. Right now the mighty cell phone is
challenging the desktop PC as the single most important
productivity and entertainment tool. With worldwide ring tone
sales reaching more than US $4 billion last year, most via over
the air downloads charged to the cell phone bill, the viability
of the cell phone as a commerce platform has already been
So it's easy to see how social change can happen. Cell phones
are now an intrinsic part of our life. When we misplace them we
panic, when we break them we seek counseling, when we lose them
we mourn. Our entire life - phone numbers, contact names,
important dates, kids pictures, favorite games, CD collection -
is stored on this mass of silicon and copper wiring.
Just exactly how the cell phone will affect our future no one
can be certain. But we can be certain that the effect on society
will be huge. Will our identity be tied to our cell phone
number; will cell phones become digital wallets; will they be
electronic leashes keeping track of our children; will we
someday be able to get USDA approved Motorola cell phone
Who knows? One thing we do know is that new businesses will pop
up, new ways to make money will be discovered, we'll find new
ways to be entertained and the cell phone will continue shape
society. But for now let's just enjoy the new 20 megapixel,
nuclear powered, video mail enabled iPod credit card flip phone
made by Motorola-Berry sorry there I go waxing futuristic again.
About the Author: James Mosieur is CEO of RMS Communications
Group, Inc. RMS operates several cell phone recycling websites
like http://www.CellForCash.com . He has been in the electronics
recycling business since 1985. James writes and speaks on cell
phone recycling and related subjects particularly as they relate
to the individual consumer.