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10 Things, Mobile Phones Will Do In 10 Years

Sunday, November 03, 2013

The cell phones in past were only used for making phone calls, but those days are long gone now. In today's world, where change is the only constant, cell phones have been upgraded with lots of new technological features.

1. Mobile phone - A complete wallet

A new technology standard called "near-field communications," or NFC, will turn cell phones into credit or debit cards. A chip is embedded in a phone that allows you to make a payment by using a touch-sensitive interface or by bringing the phone within a few centimeters of an NFC reader. Your credit card account or bank account is charged accordingly.

2. The World Wide Web in your pocket

Today many smart phones already provide full HTML browsers. Nokia's latest N-series and E-series phones, which run Opera browsers for the Symbian operating system, are among the most advanced. In the future, these mobile HTML browsers will make their way onto even the most basic phones.
3. Location, location, location

Due to a Federal Communications Commission mandate that requires operators to locate people when they dial 911 in an emergency, a large number of mobile phones sold in the United States already have integrated GPS (global positioning system) chips. While these chips are used by some mobile operators to pinpoint users' locations when they're in danger, they can also be used to support a variety of location-related services.

4. Search goes mobile

Mobile search will become a standard feature on all handsets over the next three years. Most phones will likely have search built into their main screens, with a search icon prominently featured next to the time and the icons depicting battery and signal strength. Some phones will actually have a search button on the keypad or protruding from the case .While the big guys--Google and Yahoo--will certainly have a presence on mobile devices, "white label" services, such as one available from JumpTap, will also be popular because they allow carriers to brand the service as their own.

5. TV on the go-go

Mobile TV in all its forms is expected to explode in the next few years. IMS Research forecasts that by 2011 there will be more than 30 million mobile TV subscribers in the United States. The firm also predicts that almost 70 million handsets capable of receiving mobile TV will be shipped in the U.S. in 2011.
Consumers will have access to a wide range of TV possibilities on their phones, from original and professionally produced content to repurposed clips to live broadcasts and user-generated clips. Experts believe there will be a spike in mobile TV usage in 2008 when the Summer Olympics in Beijing are scheduled to take place.

6. Simplified surfing

Ever notice how many clicks it takes to find the one thing you're looking for on your phone? It's worse than counting how many clicks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop. But handset makers and mobile operators are hard at work trying to make phones easier to navigate and simpler to use. You can easily access, browse and explore latest mobile softwares & games with your mobile phone, whenever and wherever you are. These software belong to various categories of productivity, Business and professional, Travel, Lifestyle and many more.

7. Brainier radios

Many phones today are equipped with dual radios that let subscribers roam on differently configured cellular networks throughout the world, but in the next few years handset makers will also embed Wi-Fi technology into phones, allowing customers to use the devices in any Wi-Fi network hot spot.

8. Your very own cell tower

Does your cell phone get bad reception inside your house, but works just fine when you stand on your porch? Mobile operators may soon ask you to help them improve cellular coverage in your home or office with small Wi-Fi-like routers that boost cellular signals.

These routers create what are called femto cells, or small personal cellular sites. And they could help solve a major problem for cellular operators who have trouble covering less-populated regions or have difficulty reaching users indoors.

9. Picture perfect

One of the most dramatic changes in cell phone technology over the past decade has been the emergence of the camera phone. Today roughly 41 percent of American households own a camera phone. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to buy a phone today that doesn't have a camera. By 2010 more than 1 billion mobile phones in the world will ship with an embedded camera, up from the 589 million camera phones that are expected to be sold in 2007, according to market research firm Gartner.

10. Mad for mobile music

There's no question that mobile music is hot and will continue to grow in popularity. Mobile phone users around the globe are expected to spend $32.2 billion on music for their handsets by 2010, up from $13.7 billion in 2007, according to Gartner.

This content category includes everything from basic ring tones, "real tones" (uncompressed, digital representations of analog signals), and ring-back tones to more sophisticated full-track downloads. Music in all its incarnations is the second-most popular mobile data service, behind short message service (SMS), in terms of use and revenue.
By Sara Shaukat

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Make That Call Home With A Phone Card

Sunday, May 30, 2010

f you are an immigrant or naturalized citizen of the United States, but from the Philippines, what is the best way for you to call home without breaking the bank? Most of my Philippine friends and acquaintances have found that a Philippine phone card can be the best answer. Calling overseas to anywhere is not a cheap thing to do, with prices running up as high as a dollar or two per minute. There has to be a better way, then, right?

A Philippine phone card is really the best answer. Phone companies produce the phone cards with lower minute rates because you are paying up front for the time. Since they have their money in advance, the per minute price on a Philippine phone card is really more reasonable than with anything else. They are offered through a variety of companies and service providers, but most are fine since you are going through a Philippine phone card instead of a phone plan.

So where do you find a Philippine phone card? Well, the best place to start off is like with most anything else these days: the internet. There, you will find a number of Philippine phone cards available for purchase. Use your favorite search engine to search for them. Your other option is to just look for international calling websites or even the websites of specific phone service providers worldwide. Take your time and search thoroughly to make sure you get the best possible price on your Philippine phone card.

The second good place to look for Philippine phone cards is at your local stores. Many Philippine stores or grocery suppliers will offer Philippine phone card at their check out line. You may also find them at gas stations and department stores located in prominent Philippine neighborhoods. Ask the clerks as well since sometimes if they don't have the cards they may know of another place that might.

Fourth, consider asking friends and family. If you are from the Philippines, you likely have friends or family of the same descent as you. They may be aware of good places to purchase or order Philippine phone cards. They will also know where the best prices are and who offers the best service on their cards. By talking with friends and or family you will save yourself a lot of the research above. That is, assuming that they did their research.

Being an immigrant is not easy, so it is important to you to keep in touch with your friends and family. Simply picking up your phone and dialing overseas can cost you a fortune. However, you can always look into buying a Philippine phone card. With it you can save yourself a lot of money.
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What's in a Prefix?

Friday, November 28, 2008

A phone number is not merely a random collection of numbers. There was a lot of thought put into how these numbers should be formatted when the area code system was put in place back in the 1940s. You probably know that your area code signifies what state or region of a state in which you live - and that it can tell you the same information about any other phone number that you see. When thinking about these phone numbers, you should also know a little about prefixes.

The prefix of the phone number tells you the name of a city, part of a city, or town. This prefix comes directly after the area code in a set of phone digits. In larger areas, cities need to have many more than just one prefix. If you search for information on a phone number, you can always look at the area code and then search for the prefix within that code. That alone can tell you what you need, but not always.

Some areas use prefixes in different ways. Some areas have a pool of prefixes that they randomly assign to numbers. These can be used for landline phones, cellular phones, or fax and Internet lines. That means you will not know from what type of phone a number comes if that is the case. On the other hand, some save certain prefixes for cellular numbers, but that is something you may not know unless the number is local.

There are probably a few prefixes of which most people are aware. One would be the 555 prefix. This is normally not used in most area codes, though there are some exceptions. It is generally used for information in most codes (555-1212), but otherwise left unused because the 555 is used in movies and television. This saves people from getting thousands of calls because their number was inadvertently put into a movie or other entertainment production.

When you want to know more about a phone number calling you or someone that you love, you can find more help through the Internet. You can search out a area prefix through any area code to see from which city a call comes. When you have that information, you may very well have what you need to identify the caller.

Jeremiah Johnson is a freelance writer specializing in writing about the Telecommunications industry. You can check out his latest project at

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7 Rules For a Successful Communication Approach With Non-native English Speakers

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

This assumption can be dangerous and unproductive when you communicate with non-native speakers. Poor communication with non-native speakers may create feelings of alienation, hostility, and resistance due to the ineffective use of English. Those feelings could create an unfavorable working environment.

Here are 7 rules for a successful communication approach when you interact with non-native English speakers:

  • Never assume that non-native English speakers understand and speak English. Do not presume that they are capable of using English as fluently as native English speakers. Address differences in language and communication difficulties to create a communication-friendly environment.
  • Show non-native speakers that you are making an effort to speak their language. You do not have to be fluent in the language they speak. Try to learn important words and expressions to make a positive impression. If non-native speakers see that you are trying to speak their language, they will make an effort to speak your language.
  • Prepare differently. You cannot interact with a non-native speaker the same way you communicate with a native English speaker. Be aware of specific difficulties and prepare ahead of time. Before a conference call, meeting, or presentation, send a prepared written document to the non-native participants. Detail important items and action plans in clear and precise English.
  • Be creative. During a conference call, meeting, or presentation, it is important to improvise. Creativity is a key element in successful communication with non-native English speakers. Be attentive to their body language and non-verbal communication. Look for signs that they do not understand. If you sense that your message is not clear, be creative and use different words or sentence constructions. Do not hesitate to clarify by asking, "Is that clear?" and "What questions do you have?"
  • Use a thesaurus. A thesaurus is the most useful tool a native English speaker can use with a non-native speaker. One vital element of effective communication is the ability to systematically use different words if one word is not clear. If there is a word that a non-native speaker has difficulty with, replace it with a synonym.
  • Keep a journal. Communicating with non-native English speakers is a learning process. It takes time to see which methods and techniques work effectively. If you write down your interactions, you can see the techniques that work and the problems to avoid.
  • Smile! A smile is universal and communicates more than words. When you are sincere, a smile represents patience, warmth, kindness, and empathy. Those are important qualities you must have when you communicate with non-native English speakers.
  • "Communication works for those who work at it" - John Powell

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    Free LCD TV With Mobile Phones - Ultimate Gift For the Mobile Users

    On basis of this reason, today, most of the mobile retailers and vendors are offering amazing free gifts to their customers on buying products from them. The concept of offering free gifts is beneficial to the customers as well as the retailers. The customers can get two devices at the price of one while the retailers can sustain their presence in this competitive world by offering free gifts to their customers. Generally, these gifts are available with the contract deals.

    As every one knows that the present day mobile manufacturers, network providers and retailers are facing cut-throat competition among themselves, this makes the situation more worse with each passing day. The company, which satisfies the demands of the users by understanding their requirements as well as their expectations can survive for a long time. So, keeping it in mind, the retailers of the mobile phones are offering free gifts like DVD players, iPods, LCD TVs, laptops and Bluetooth. The users, those who are going for these free gifts on purchasing a mobile phone, have to pay money only for the mobile phone. There is no need to pay any extra charges for the free gifts.

    The contract mobile phone deals have been receiving huge popularity in the UK market with more and more Britons trying their hands on these deals. The never-ending list of benefits, which is associated with such deals, appeases the mobile phone buyers within no time. In addition to that, the offer of enjoying two products for the price of one cannot be resisted by anyone.

    Before going for the free gifts, the customers should be aware of many issues like they should not go for a product if they don't really need it and they should have a clear idea about the retailer, who is providing these free gifts. In addition to that, the customers should find out that the products which they are going to buy and a free gift are genuine or not.

    If it comes to a free lcd tv with a mobile phone offer, people feel surprised by listening to this gift scheme as it seems to be an unbelievable offer. So many people feel and say that the LCD TV which is offered as a free gift may be an outdated product. Those who are expressing this type of opinions, definitely they will be amazed by knowing that all the LCD TVs that are available on purchasing mobile phones are the latest ones and are launched in the market by the most renowned companies.

    If you want to go for a free LCD TV with a mobile phone offer, at first you should visit the related and reliable websites on the Internet to know the complete details of these offers. The Internet is the best source to get accurate information to avoid your hesitations and confusions. Once you visit the websites, you can find numerous well-known mobile manufacture companies that are offering free gifts to their users. You can select the best deal according to your mobile phone usage. Mostly, the mobile phones that are coming with free gifts are the latest ones that come with all the seamless features and deliver superb performance. These phones also come with multimedia features like a high resolution camera, music player, video player, FM radio, games, Internet, picture editing and organiser etc.

    However, finally the users are getting excellent opportunities of getting a high-performance and space-conscious LCD TV on purchasing a mobile phone at a low price. Thus, it will not be wrong to say that the idea of a free LCD TV with the mobile phone deals is bound to give a "magical experience" to the users by adding enough value for their hard-earned money.

    Know more about other free gifts with mobile phones like free laptop with latest mobile phones here.

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    Sony Ericsson K660i Blue Black - Fascinating the People Worldwide

    Sony Ericsson mobile phones have made our lives easier by offering music and camera mobile phones that have entertained us to the fullest. The Walkman and Cybershot series of Sony Ericsson phones are gaining popularity worldwide with their superb features and technologies. The camera phones of this brand has an impeccable camera quality with autofocus, flash and digital zoom. Experiment with your photographic skills using these camera phones. Capture the best moments of your lives with your dear ones. The ultimate design and superb voice quality of the Sony Ericsson phones have fascinated customers worldwide. These phones are appealing the customers with their sizzling designs and cutting-edge features.

    The Sony Ericsson K660i Blue Black is a Cybershot phone which is incredibly stylish and elevates your mobile phone experience. The easy to carry phone weighs only 95 g. This quad band phone is equipped with a host of useful features like 3G HSDPA, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, 32 MB memory, Bluetooth and USB port. The 2 megapixels camera along with a secondary CIF video call camera gives a wonderful experience of mobile photography. The music player and FM radio offer unlimited entertainment to the users. Some features like picture blogging, picture editor and organizer make the phone a perfect choice for everyone. Stay in contact without calling anyone through SMS, MMS, EMS and email.

    The Sony Ericsson K660i Blue Black is a 3G smartphone that supports a 2 inches TFT screen which lets you watch the videos with clarity. The 32 MB of internal memory and the memory card fulfils the user's demands of storage. The fashion conscious users would be thrilled by having these handsets. Enjoy fast internet experience on this internet focused phone

    Connect to other devices with the Sony Ericsson K660i Blue Black using Bluetooth and USB connectivity features. The user can experience broadband speed internet with the 3G HSDPA technology. With the help of multitasking capabilities, one can remain on a call while transferring and downloading data files. The camera comes complete with 4x digital zoom, camera settings and video recording capabilities. The music player supports TrackID music recognition feature, MegaBass bass frequency and Play Now features. Multimedia messaging feature lets you send and receive a messaging containing a photo with text and sound.

    Know more about Sony Ericsson K660i Blue Black and other Sony Ericsson C905 here.

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    Sprint Nextel’s Upstage goes down to $100

    Friday, April 27, 2007

    Sprint Nextel Corp. is upstaging with the Upstage.

    Perhaps taking advantage of a lull in pricing changes by its larger rivals, Sprint Nextel this week slashed its price on the latest and greatest from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.; the Upstage music phone, a Sprint Nextel bar-style, music phone exclusive, dropped to $100 from $150 on the carrier’s Web site.

    The carrier released the phone just a few weeks ago during the CTIA Wireless 2007 trade show in Orlando, Fla.

    Coupled with Sprint Nextel’s decision to lower the price for downloadable music tracks from $2.50 to 99 cents, the carrier likely is looking for attention from consumers to gain traction against its rivals’ momentum.

    Sprint Nextel also dropped the Samsung M610 to $130 from $150, if only to keep the Upstage from upstaging its own brethren. The carrier dropped the price on the Research In Motion Ltd. BlackBerry 8703e to $150 from $200.

    Cingular and Verizon Wireless both took the week off from handset pricing changes.

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