my mobile service contract commitment ended a few weeks ago. like many others may do, i shop for my next phone. it will come down to do i want to go with iphone 3G and switch carrier or do i stay with my current carrier and go with the newly available LG dare? if the LG dare provides better language support as in the iphone, it will be a much harder decision to make. while the LG phone itself certainly has the ability to support languages like chinese, don’t understand why it is opted out in the US market.
so what am i going to do with my perfectly fine moto Q that i use today? i will keep it as a piece of memory or history. this reminds me my first mobile phone. it was a moto 8800 ultra classic upright brick model. it has a LED display of 7 characters, 30 minutes talk time, expensive, ability to store about 20 numbers, big and heavy. it made and received cellular calls in very limited areas mainly outdoor. at that time mobile phone was more like a status thing than necessity for many people. that pretty much sums up all the features and characteristics of my first mobile phone.
in first quarter of 2008 there were nearly 300 millions mobile phones shipped worldwide compared with about 70 million PCs shipped and the gap is widening. with mobile technologies like 3G, wi-fi, bigger screen with higher resolution, audio, video, and web enabled applications, accessing the internet from mobile phones becomes more real, fun and practical, .
as mobile phones become more internet-centric, what does it mean to the service industry? how can existing services use this new opportunity to enhance its offerings or as a competitive edge? what innovative services can be developed to catch this new wave?