Monday, January 10, 2005

Future Of Calling

From DailyBreeze Cell phones promise to make life easier by giving consumers a wide-range of possibilities.

Americans racked up 500 billion minutes on their cell phones in the first half of 2004 -- and of their total cell-phone bills, 97 percent of the charges were for time spent talking.

In the not-too-distant future, talking may be the last priority of a cell phone.

Could your phone be your universal remote control?

"Two years from now, I don't think they're even going to be called phones, but I don't know what they're going to be called," said Jeff Belk, senior vice president of marketing for San Diego-based Qualcomm, developer of cell-phone technology and the world's second-largest maker of cell-phone chips.

Glad to see Qualcom gets it.
Already, a small but growing number of U.S. wireless subscribers use their cell phones to play games, e-mail photographs and send text messages. But experts say that within the next few years, an array of new services may revolutionize the way we use our cell phones.

We'll be able to tune in to as many as 100 channels of TV, find the nearest coffee shop, get directions or even pay for purchases.

•Television: Wireless experts predict that the next "killer app" for American cell phones will be television, or at least a small-screen version of it. It won't be TV as we know it

• Music: Tunes on cell phones will go beyond ring tones

• Location services: In the future, your cell phone will know where you are.

• Payment services: Cell phones will double as credit cards and be like "an electronic wallet," Akyuz said.

• Photo and video: The quality of still and video cameras on cell phones will continue to improve.

• Form and features: Cell phones will sport a new look, more memory and more power

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