Russell Beattie writes:
In just a couple of years, every single person who works in technology is going to be doing something related to mobile phones. Every single programmer, DBA, manager and tester is going to be dealing mobile data services in one form or another. You can sit back and resist change and come up with excuses on why you don’t want to accept and learn about the new world of mobility or you can get on the bandwagon as we head off into the future. It’s your choice. But you can’t just sit on your hands and wait for mobile technology to come around and look like stuff you already know, because it’s not going to happen.
Mobile phones are profoundly new devices which are going to affect the lives of *billions* of people around the world – starting *yesterday*. People who’ve never seen a computer, watched TV or even owned a telephone will have a mobile phone of their own, connected to the rest of the world for the first time. Those of us already knee deep in the information age will be able to better manage the information around us and be better connected with our friends and our family. We’ll never be without information when we need it or entertainment when we want it. We’ll never get lost again. We’ll never be disconnected (in a good way – every phone has an “off” button).
Mobility is going to change life as we know it – in some places it has already shaped world events and changed history. The ubiquity of the technology is the key to all of this and the lowly mobile phone is the shape of the box in which all of this possibility is kept in. It’s not the computer or the laptop or the PDA, and it’s not WiFi or WiMax, it’s the modern mobile phone.