Telecom “revolution” needs mobile phone instruments. It appears to be a lop sided growth because worldwide trends appear to be more towards the fixed line phones, and hence the Broadband, rather than mobile phones. They would come with their own attendant problems of spectrum and long term usage effects. Medically speaking, it is the realm of controversies. However, it has been shown in some studies on rats that microwaves do induce some degree of brain damage. Oh well, they even caution not to keep the mobile phones in your pants. Or else….
Frankly, mobile handsets have a person spoilt for choice. There is mind blowing array of phones of all shapes and sizes. In part, choosing the phone is like looking for a “perfect woman”; someone that would pamper your senses. I know it sounds chauvinstic, but heck thats the way it is. However, I have seen people jumping on the next available “model” the moment it appears.
Jokes apart, gaming, music and digital cameras have all come on a single platform. I really fail to understand that some individuals go gaga over such “toys”. As a camera it fails miserably with lousy picture quality. It’s much better to buy a sperate digital camera for that matter. For all the specifications, the convergence debate seems to much to digest. I believe that it may be more plausible to opt for each unit seperately, rather than compromise on quality.
A fancy gadget looks good- but minimalistic on performance.
Herein, there are lot of applications that are being ported on to the mobile phones. Content is going to be the future driver of growth as plain vanilla messages fade out and make way for feature rich applications. Yet, this remains limited to a miniscule percentage of the mobile owning population. For example, BSNL needs to step up gas on the quality of services- clearly it’s deficient. I really wonder whether the recent shift to 3G services would have any major impact on the mobile phone owners- much of it’s clientele is lower end of the spectrum from usage point of view.
Does it have any future? And where is it heading to? As the mobile phone operators scramble for the “next killer app”- it would do them much good to try and improve the basic service parameters. Something that can crow about in their advertisements.
Oh well, Reliance does talk about it’s “superior network”. Airtel has tried to do the same. BSNL? Nowhere in the sight.