A Mobile Future

BBC News has an interview with Nokia chief Jorma Ollila:

Within a decade mobiles will be so powerful that we may no longer need to be tied to desktop computers, Nokia chief Jorma Ollila has predicted. With help of wireless technology, sending messages, files and images on the move will be easier and faster too.

“In 10 years, which is a very long time ahead to see, we really will have very powerful devices, which will enable us to send and receive pictures, files, or documents.

“So what we do at our desks we can basically do through mobile devices which are easy to handle,” Mr Ollila said. Even though the devices will get more sophisticated and powerful, the popularity of SMS which allows people to communicate simply and quickly will continue, he said.

“People do want to check their e-mail. They don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of time responding, but they will want to receive e-mail messages. “They will want to send short e-mail messages and SMS messages in the future,” he said.

With the promise of 3G technology as well as wi-fi – which allows broadband over the airwaves – Nokia is convinced that powerful handheld devices will combine both technologies. “Wi-fi is a very important complementary technology to cellular, and they will continue to live very well together,” Mr Ollila said.

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Rajesh Jain

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