Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Importance of Being Mobile

"The Personal Computer celebrates its 25th year. With more than 700 million users worldwide, it is one of the most important technological inventions of our time. The PC, together with the Internet, have for many of us become indispensable. As we look to the future, I believe that it will be the mobile-based Internet which will have an even greater impact on our lives. The promise of the mobile Internet has been there for long, but only now are the pieces starting to come together.

Look on the streets of almost any city in the world, however, and you will see people clutching tiny, pocket computers, better known as mobile phones. Already, even basic handsets have simple web-browsers, calculators and other computing functions.

There is no question that the PC has democratised computing and unleashed innovation; but it is the mobile phone that now seems most likely to carry the dream of the personal computer to its conclusion."

The problem of mobile phones is that they are too much phones and too little computer.
I think that the future will go in the opposite direction: mobile computers that will also be phones.
The voice won't travel with GSM protocol, but on IP protocols.
Because it will be less band consuming and so cheaper. Because we will not transport only voice, but also data and video.
The whole IT world is going IP.

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