3GSM, Personal IM, New Mobile Devices and Mobile Content

Reporting from the 2006 3GSM conference, Victoria Shannon of International Herald Tribune, wrote last week about several major Asian and European operators' announcement to create an interoperable "personal instant messaging" on their mobile networks.

Indian operators are taking huge strides with interoperable personal instant messaging on their mobile networks.

Several operators have also announced plans to have their personal instant messaging system to interoperate with "land line" instant messaging systems such as Yahoo, MSN and AOL.

Compared to MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service), which hardly ever took off, personal instant messaging on mobile networks promises to be a much bigger trend.

Eric Sylvers, also of International Herald Tribune, writes about announcements by mobile device vendors to introduce new models with dual (WiFi and mobile) network connection technologies, dual function as phone and music player and high-speed downlink packet access, or HSDPA, just in time for the 2006 World Cup. (Not all of these technologies are available in all announced models. That would be too much to ask.)

Sylvers compiles from Barcelona another story about mobile phones as "the content consumption devices of the future". I found the phrase—used by a Vodafone executive—rather telling!

"Right now you pay for everything - you pay to browse, for voice, video, data, games, multimedia messages and music," [Patrick ]Parodi [chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum, an industry association] said. "At what point does this become a media not just funded by the end user? Every other media in the world has a certain level that is paid for by advertising. When is that going to happen here?"

With mobile phones, which have helped us bridge out of our mobile isolations in a human built world, not only do our distractions follow us everywhere, we might also end up paying ever more for having them around ;-)

Life in the present age seems to have mobile phones as one of the main components of its scaffolding.

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