In the early 1980s cell phones were the size of bricks and weighed almost as much.
Nowadays, cellular phones are much more than devices that people talk into, they come equipped with built-in cameras, high-tech games and polyphonic ring tones. New “3G” mobile phones are also capable of downloading full motion videos and spectrum music.
The cell phone market is vastly competitive with mainstream cell phone providers such as T-Mobile, Verizon, Cingular, etc. The original manufacturers of cell phones were Motorola and Siemens. However, today even computer companies are producing cell phones such as HP, Sony and Toshiba.
In 2003, Atlanta had the highest cellular phone use in the United States, with a resounding 75 percent of all residents using a cell phone, according to New York-based Scarborough Research.
However, the global cellular phone market is expected to rise to as high as two billion subscribers by the end of 2005, according to CNN researchers. In June of last year, the mobile industry had 1.5 billion users.
As wireless cell phone use increases around the globe, the old CDMA and TDMA standards are being replaced with GSM, the global standard outside of North America.
“GSM is short for Global System for Mobile Communication, which was first introduced in 1991. GSM allows eight simultaneous calls on the same radio frequency,” according to an online encyclopedia Web site, www.wedopedia.com. As of the end of 1997, GSM service was available in more than 100 countries and has become the standard in Europe and Asia.
The cell phone trend has quickly taken the world into a frenzy of text messaging, online accessibility, picture taking, along with the original use, talking. It isn’t a surprise to see a five year old walking down the street with a cell phone glued to her ear.
The days of playing outside and riding bikes have long left children with a world where communication devices are all the entertainment they need.
Even in the grown-up world, cell phones provide games and means of entertainment during classes or work hours. Seeing a busy text-messenger with their head low and the sounds of rapid clicking coming from under the desk is not uncommon in classes. Or an unexpected call explodes into a silent room with high pitched Bach ballads.
Cellular phones have come so accustomed into our culture, that personalizing these ounces of plastic with special accessories like ring-tones, funky colors and screen savers can now make statements about who we are. Cell phones have taken on a life of their own, and with multi-billion dollar companies all competing in one of the leading markets, cell phones will keep on advancing.