27.10.06

Many years ago..

..I came to be in the possession of my first cell phone. Christmas 1996 to be exact. Back then it was quite the kewliz for anyone to have a mobile phone, let alone a 15 year old.

The coming 24th of December (Icelanders do the gift-thing on Christmas eve), will be my 10 year cell phone anniversary. I almost feel obligated to do something special to celebrate. Buy a new mobile or something. I have a brilliantly beautiful Pocket PC which I use a lot. It has the ability to function as a phone as well (a smart phone even), but it is somewhat too big to use for that function on a regular basis.

The problem with mobile phone shopping is that it isn't as easy as it used to be. New phones have all these extra gadgets, which you cannot live without once you get to know them. Oh.. And not only that, I just read that NTT DoCoMo have been doing some field tests for the 4th generation of mobiles and managed to get up to 2.5Gbps (yes. That is per second. On a mobile phone. While traveling in a car). What do you do with 2.5Gbps on a mobile phone? I don't even come close to that kind of a bandwidth on my ADSL!

To answer a part of my own question, right now all the hype for the future is to get television into your mobile no matter where you are. Entrepreneurs have even started discussing coming up with special mobile stations which specialize in a limited topic each (sports, news, cartoons, etc.) and have material which is suitable for small screens and is repeated a lot. Of course, the consumers are crazy and just go with the hype. Just look at myspace for forks sake! Personally though, I don't see myself spending gazillions on mobile-phone-television. If I *were* to use this kind of a service, it would have to be video on demand and not a full fledged television station. I would probably watch a specific news report or a specific cartoon at my own leisure and not the stations whim.

No matter how you look at it, the truth is that somehow the phone part has become a secondary feature of the mobile. Nokia has even started making devices which don't even include phones in them. Only the extra goodies. I cannot help but feel that we should find a new name for this type of gadgets now. The only thing I ask is that we do not figure one out until after Christmas! That way I get to celebrate my anniversary first :o)

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