Recent developments in the field of mobile computing have made connecting to communications technologies on the move almost expected, marking a significant change from only a few years ago when connecting to the internet or transferring files wasn`t possible without a wire. Now, you can get just as good a transfer rate on the move on your mobile as you can from your desk top computer in the office, meaning that a number of business opportunities are now more achievable than they have ever been before.
Mobile telephony devices now also offer an efficient “on-the-move” service, for example, through GSM, GPRS and 3G.
Global System for Mobile-communication (GSM) allows a user to insert their SIM card into any mobile device with a compatible GSM frequency and make and receive phone calls to any other phone from that device. This is useful if travelling internationally on a frequent basis as you can be sure that your call will go through no matter which provider you are using and you only need the one device and SIM card.
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) marks an improvement from GSM. It means that wireless packets of data, such as e-mails and web content, can travel across a wireless telephone network. Users can expect a rate similar to that of a 56K dial-up Internet connection meaning that it is possible to transfer files, as well as access and control in-house appliances and machines on the move.
3G, standing for “third generation”, also offers mobile communications services. It provides users with an “always-on” service with a real-time video calling function; high speed downloads, broadband speed web browser and location-based services such as locating your nearest bank or train station.
But these services are obviously redundant unless you have a device to access them on. “Smart phones” such as Blackberries and PDAs (Personal digital assistants) offer almost a “mobile office” service, supplying functions to send and receive e-mail, browse the web, simplified office programs as well as calendars, and conventional mobile phone services. This, in theory, means that the “office” as we knew it, is changing. As you`re able to check your e-mails on the train or on the way to a meeting, mobile communication is managing to simplify our lives in lots of different ways.
Mobile computing therefore has many benefits for all sorts of businesses. You are able to transfer files to clients immediately without having to return to the office, as you can carry them on your mobile device, or you could connect to your diary to organise a follow up meeting on the go. This leads to greater flexibility in the way that you work, and therefore improves the service that you are able to provide.
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