The mobile phone has other names it goes by depending on where in the world you live. They are called cell phones, hand phones, and cellular phones. Mobile phones are electronic devices that are used to transfer voice or data communication. This is done using a network of specialized base stations called cell sites.
Mobile phones have other features besides just the standard voice function. Some can support additional services and accessories. With some mobile phones once can email, surf the Internet, play games, transfer data via Bluetooth, take photographs, record videos, include an MP3 player, a radio and even GPS.
With the miniaturization of digital components as well as the development of more sophisticated batteries, mobile phones have become smaller and smaller, not to mention lighter and more sophisticated.
A data application such as SMS text messaging is the most used application. SMS text messaging is worth billions of dollars in revenue each year. The very first SMS text message was sent in the United Kingdom in 1992 from a computer to a mobile phone. The first SMS text message between two people was sent the following year, in Finland.
The other data services used by mobile phones include music, logos, gaming, gambling, adult entertainment and advertising. And this too, is worth billions of dollars annually.
Applications for consumers are always on the increase, and include everything. Now people can even access the tools needed to create websites for mobile phones and this is becoming increasingly popular as people use their mobile phones for much of their internet access.
The amount of accessories for mobile phones is staggering and range from simple to high tech. For those who like frills there are an unlimited array of baubles, faces and trinkets that can be used to give the phone some bling! Even the screen can change to suit the fancy of the user, as with a few simple key presses a new picture, photo or animation can grace the screen, adding to the overall appearance of the phone.
Pictures, logos, alert tones and even polyphonic ringtones can be downloaded and used to personalize the mobile phone. Now any music may play each time a call is received. Gone are the days when The Gran Vals by Francisco Tarrega was quite possibly the most recognized tune in the world thanks to it being the default Nokia ringtone.
Earphones allow the mobile phone to become an MP3 player that can be enjoyed and listened to anywhere without disturbing those around you. The days of the cumbersome walkman are well and truly long gone. But if your music is to be shared there are speakers available that connect to the mobile phone and produce excellent volume and sound quality.
To increase the mobile phone’s memory storage capacity one can purchase memory cards to insert into the phone. These effectively make it possible to download and store much more information and data on the phone.
Thanks to all the amazing advancements made with the mobile telephone it has become an item that most people own and who insist that they cannot manage without. All the various accessories available make the mobile phone useful for a variety of reasons, while also ensuring that it provides the user not only with the essentials, but with a means of entertainment as well.