By Jaye Ryan, Guest Author (For guest post, refer Terms ) First, it was the printing press. Then, it was transportation – trains, cars and...
By Jaye Ryan, Guest Author (For guest post, refer Terms)
First, it was the printing press. Then, it was transportation – trains, cars and aircraft. Then it was the computer. And now, it's the mobile phone that is transforming the world. From business use to personal use, the speed and the extent of mobile phone use today is truly astounding, and it is nowhere near its saturation point.
From Land Line to Ether Line
No longer are employees, managers, independent contractors or entrepreneurs tied to desk-bound or land line environments for verbal or written communications. The mobile phone has cut those tethers, and not only are more people relying on mobiles over their land line ancestors, but approximately 40 percent of those people who own a feature phone or a smartphone one more than one!
Dial-up Internet access has long been a technological dinosaur, but the cord-bound, handset-on-cradle models of yesteryear are quickly becoming collectors items and are already cornerstone displays in some technology museums. Today, one doesn't even have to be sitting at home or in the office to tap into the information streams on the ether net: Just press a button or click an icon, and within moments, you can check your personal email, answer business inquiries and include your input on a group project whose participants reside and work anywhere on the planet – or beyond.
Applications of Mobile Technology
Every country with satellites or space exploration interests uses the same technology concepts inherent in mobile phones. They use radio bands to send and receive signals to and from orbiting satellites. Ground control crews communicate with astronauts and with the spacecrafts themselves. Communication and control functions from one location to another location that is capable of movement uses mobile technology.
Mobile phones, smartphones and even tablets use radio frequency bands to connect with other mobiles and to the Internet itself. They are highly compact radio transceivers: They both receive and transmit radio signals.
How They Work
Each device is assigned an exact and unique frequency. Signals sent on that frequency identify the device used, and therefore, the device owner, which is how service providers can locate lost or stolen devices if the GPS tracking is active and how they know whose account to debit data and call use.
Once that device sends its signal, that signal must be “transformed” to the receiving device's unique frequency and continued on its way to the actual receiving device. In voice and text communication, that change in frequency is based on the phone number assigned to that unique frequency.
So long as the sending device confirms with the first transmission tower a signal connection, a mobile phone user can call or text or surf the Internet. The receiving device must also be a location or environment conducive to receiving signals. If the sending or receiving device can't find a strong enough signal, that area is in what has been nicknamed “a dead zone.”
If a sender transmits a signal to a non-receiving device, a call goes to voice mail after a notification that the receiver is incommunicado, and your voice or text messages wait on the server until a signal is finally received. Only then are the voice mail and text mail icons activated on the receiving device.
Of course, the receiving person might simply have turned off the mobile phone off as well.
Estimated projections put the non-mobile computing or communications devices out of commission entirely within three decades. In Africa, over 30 nations have more mobile phones in use than they do land lines. In Britain, almost half the mobile phone users have more than one mobile phone. In the United States, over one-third of smartphone or tablet users already no longer utilize desktop computers outside work environments.
How quickly is this mobile phone and mobile device trend expanding? Current estimates note that during the few moments it's taken you to read this article, a dozen more people have made first-purchases of either a mobile phone or a tablet to replace their cord-bound counterparts. Experts project that the exchange rate of mobile device over stationary device may rise as much as five percent per week.
About the author: Jaye Ryan, who loves to write about mobile technology and mobile phones for MobilePhones.org.uk