The future is mobile

December 1997
Management Services;Dec1997, Vol. 41 Issue 12, p28
This article examines the newly developed international communications standards and the imminent satellite phone services. According to author, mobile phones should be tiniest, to avoid spoiling the cut of a suit or bulging a bag. In Italy "Style lovers" still stuck with 'old fashioned' voice-only phones. Mobile phones are now combined with the functions of pocket computer, atleast to some extent. Nokia's 9000 Communicator model gives voice, data, fax, Internet, messaging, phone-book management and printer connection. On their way from manufacturers are smart mobiles, a new generation of phones which will not need PCMCIA cards to perform data tricks of their own and will have a pile of PC software embedded. A new protocol, supported by some manufacturers, is Wireless Access Protocol, which will ease the linking of mobile phones to the Internet. After expensive market research both Ceilnet and Vodafone have just introduced access direct to ISDN lines and speed they are offering is between 20k-60k bits/sec.


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