In the last installment of my blog I spoke about the anticipation and fear of these new technologies. As an individual there is so much to hope for as we free ourselves from the shackles of a wallet full, purse full or key chain full of cards and access devices. Just keeping track of all the individual store rewards cards that we must carry around to make sure that we get the best price can be a challenge. Just imagine not having to worry if you have the card or know the right phone number… because as long as you have your phone with you the system knows that you are a valued customer.
As I sit here typing away on my iPad after just paying for my coffee with my iPhone, I’m thinking we're way past a “wave”… we're experiencing a technological “tsunami”! With the recent announcement of the iPhone 4 from Verizon, and Smartphone manufacturer HTC's announcement that they will launch two Facebook branded cell phones this month, what's next?
It is hard to believe the first “cell phone” call was made a mere 38 years ago in 1973. The analogue mobile phone was "brick"-like and weighed 30-ounces. It was designed and developed by Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive. Motorola introduced the 16-ounce "DynaTAC" phone into commercial service in 1983, with each phone costing the consumer $3,500. Today, there are more cellular subscribers than wireline phone subscribers in the world, with mobile phones weighing as little as 3 ounces and available for free by several providers.