TECH TALK: The Mobile Phone Platform: Quotes

Heres a sample of what people are saying about the mobile phone:

Kei-ichi Enoki of NTT Docomo (i-mode) in an interview with [In Japan], what we are very focused on right now is the 3G wideband CDMA and what is called the “purse” type of handset. This handset would serve to control all the gadgets or things we really have to use.Not in the sense of remote control, but this controls purchasing tickets for games, parking meters, buying things in convenience stores, entering your company. We have Felica (a cell phone e-commerce application), two-dimensional bar codes and infraredAlready, 10 million of our handsets can read two-dimensional bar codes, and 20 million are equipped with infrared. For several reasons, the mobile phone is set to become the most influential portable electronic device. Technology is one. While the constant improvement of every part of the modern computer seems now to have relatively little impact on the desktop, it is making a huge difference for the phone. You can now fit substantial processing power and a good deal of memory into your pocket, along with decent battery lifeWith half-gigabyte memory cards now readily available for well under 50, some pundits have suggested we will soon carry round all our important data. When we find a computer, it will just be a device to manage the data we already have in a phone.

John Burris of Sprint in The New York Times: One of the things everyone was talking about a few years ago was, ‘Ooh, you’ll be able to browse the Web on your phone.’ But that scenario didn’t really work for a lot of people because you had to click and wait, and on the small screen it wasn’t really ideal. Instead of clicking and waiting and then reading a story about, say, the tsunami, now you can just click and you’re running a video clip from CNN with full-motion video. That’s the kind of approach that we think will really appeal to people and that will continue to evolve.

Deloitte Research 2005 Trends [via The Mobile Technology Weblog]: Voice will be the primary source of revenue and profits in cellphones and will account for more than 80 per cent of total revenue. Cellphone penetration will surpass 100 per cent as more customers take a second subscription for data or for personal use. The most compelling and lucrative mobile content will revolve around personalisation, such as ringtones, real tones, wallpapers and basic games.

Russell Beattie: Mobile phones still need that killer app which takes out the need for context. They need to get to the point where they are less devices that you use while out and about, and considered more destinations in their own right. In other words, the current crop of apps are mostly created with that “mobile context” in mind. So you could say I haven’t looked at my phone lately because I haven’t been moving much. This is wrong. It’s limiting a platform which can potentially do anything that a small computer with broadband access can do. The person who comes up with the app that compels a person to use their phone without considering the fact that it’s a phone is going to have a killer app on their hand. One could argue the opposite, that mobile phone apps *should* only be used in the mobile context, but I think that’s too narrow minded.

So, is the mobile phone the next platform? Or this is a moot question? Look at the way computers have made a difference to our lives in the past 15-20 years. Can the mobile phones do the same or even more perhaps?

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.