Gearing Up for Wireless Revolution

Written by Richard Hsu

Wireless Internet is booming and we are heading toward an information-everywhere society. Already, it is hot in Europe. U.S. is now catching up at very rapid rate. Worldwide cell phones sales already outpace personal computer purchase. Boston-based Yankee groups says there could be 50 million wireless Internet users by 2004. It projects that by 2002, there will be 860 million wireless subscribers worldwide. International Data Corp, of Framingham, MA, reports that by that same year, 70 percent of wireless s phone users will access data application via their phones.

More encouragingly, many companies in U.S., according to a recent survey, will pay for wireless Internet service for their mobile professionals which will results in increased use for wireless Web from 3% to 78% inrepparttar next 12 moths.

By end of 2000, all new cellular phones will be equipped with wireless Web features known as Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). The revolution brought by wireless Internet will change how people shop. For instance, one may order a book right on spot after talking to a friend while waiting for a doctor appoint.

With tens of millions of people expected to own Internet phone in a few years, many online companies see an opportunity to push wireless commerce as an extension of their Internet businesses, thus providing mobile phone usersrepparttar 133587 ability to make their purchase anywhere and any time. Several major Internet portal such as Yahoo! Excite , MSN have announced and launched its mobile Internet service since last year. Even Oracle launched a mobile Internet service after its five-year preparation. These services will be appearing personalized for mobile use in banking, shopping, news, travel information and other specific tasks (buying and selling of stocks).

Electronic Disconnects! – Which way are YOU leaning?

Written by Ib Hagsten, Ph.D., CAC, Dpl. ACAN

“Every second, worldwide, a PC (personal computer) is connected forrepparttar first time, and every half second a cellular telephone is activated,” Frank Feather, futurist from Canada. Contrast such dramatic electronic explosion withrepparttar 133586 comment from a business exceutive a few weeks ago, “You don’t have to be there” (onrepparttar 133587 web viarepparttar 133588 computer).

We are at a cross-roads between “the way we do it” andrepparttar 133589 new web-evolution. This new “webolution” will trigger a greater 30- to 50-year change thanrepparttar 133590 Industrial Revolution. Most people then (Industrial Revolution) did not understand what was happening around them and to them – neither will many understand what is already happening viarepparttar 133591 web.

Do we want to stick our head inrepparttar 133592 sand aboutrepparttar 133593 changes that are affecting our clients and us? Or will we become informed aboutrepparttar 133594 changes? (regardless of how little we personally feel like participating). Alexander Graham Bell discoveredrepparttar 133595 telephone. 4,000 phone companies started, yet most did not survive. The recent “high mortality rate” among companies just proves that history has a way of repeating itself.

A new computer being connected every second, somewhere inrepparttar 133596 world, and a new cell phone every half second is not “stuff out of “ Star Wars” or Popular Mechanics – it is what is happening, right now. Today halfrepparttar 133597 world’s population has never made a phone call; yet it is highly probable that they will all have cell phones and computers within one generation.

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