It was early 2003 when i first heard about this 3G technology, i thought sheesh! whats this 3rd generation phones has to offer that present 2econd generation mobi's do not have? i think the type of devices available at that time made me think that way!
Now its 7 years later with all the high tech features and gadgets from iPad, smart mobile, to smart dashboards in car which are SIM and wifi enabled and with several personal incidents and experience i started feeling overwhelming need of 3G's in my Mobile Phone!
Below are few 3G encounters i had shortly and possible important real life uses of 3G :
Video telephony as imagined in 1910
Skydrive to Laptop 3G way....
It was few months ago when few of my old school friends met in our school grounds and had a nice time discussing our good old school days, and it was time to leave as it was too late and we did not noticed how the time passed by, out of the blue one of my friend said that he has scanned all the group photos taken from 1std to 10th and other school day pics and he said it was in his sky-drive he has laptop and mobile internet and could download it and share with us, when we asked whats the size of the pics he told it is of roughly 50Mb i said common we can do it other day, but he promised it ain't take much time though we agreed to stay i had a feeling its would take around 30 - 40 min's with mobile internet,he connected his mobile with his laptop and started downloading... OMG! i was wrong the speed of download from his live skydrive amazed me it took just 12 odd minutes to download 68MB of files isn't that amazing for a phone? finally we spent another hour commenting and enjoying on those pics...
Star trek technology of 80's is today's reality
It was my friend who just married few months ago when i visited his home for some reason i found that his wife was on business trip to mumbai for a week, when i teased him how do you manage without your wife, he stylishly flipped his cell phone dialed his wife and had a video chat with her, both had 3G phones and were on 3G network and he was using free trial offer from his carrier... man i say you have to really experience 3G video calls its amazing, now Distances are just screen away with 3G Mobiles...
Buffer less streaming!
Two of my geek friends always quarrel over the opinion, this happened 2 months ago when one upgraded his carrier to the 3G enabled and other remained in the same carrier because he don't want to change his number even though his carrier did not offered 3G, one of them said that his video streaming capability has improved with the new 3G network and videos stopped buffering instead played right away, but other disagreed and argued that its not the carrier its the device capability and after a while they both agreed to swap SIM and see what happens, results were clear the 3G network performed very well even in the mid level device but where as 2G failed even in the higher end device so it is clear that speed does matter.
So what would be the future of this emerging technology what would be possible applications?
The answer would be infinite, no one thought cell phone would replace wrist watches and television would dump radios all what we can do is just wait and see the 3G game ;) but the game as already started..
Office on the go!
There are so many desktop applications that is available for desktops but not ported to Mobile environment because of lack of bandwidth now with 3G there can open a whole lot of mobile apps where a person can use his office computer from remotely via his cell-phone or update the power point on the go and transfer it to his office laptop before even reaching office with just one click, because mobile office suite is virtually present on all the mobiles with the combination of 3G your phone can become a virtual office... whats more? day might come goto-office will be ported to mobile phones so that all the video conferences might take place just on your phone right at your finger tips...
It is said that with the improved camera capabilities in the mobile devices people are already using 3G technology for Amateur news reporting and ordinary phone users to contribute sensational and important videos to TV and online.
Entertainment, VOD and Personal streaming and Podcast
Now the bandwidth is extreme potential of using mobile like a computer is a reality now with the flash support in majority of the smart-phones, watching youtube videos, video on demand(pay per view) of movies is that easy... did you miss you favorite reality show don't worry online tv on 3G network is glitch less... Are you on a trip to agra and wanted to show tajmahal to your parents don't worry just live stream(video call) to your parents... and with the free pod-casting software now available on the net pod-casting your videos to colleagues,business clients and friends is just as easy as streaming youtube videos
Concept of V(video)logging
Days may come where blogging would be obsolete people may think it will be too effective to convey the information in form of video rather than typing, say women with cookery blog can convey more easily and effectively her new recipe to the world, think about a geek, he can show how to assemble a new computer or fix the computer using his 3G phone to his blog readers(viewers) ;) and many more all this will come true if he has a good mobile device backed with powerful 3G network.
Power of Interactiveness
It was the time when mobile world was static just like the beginning of world wide web now with the advent of 3G which broke the barrier of bandwidth limitation, now gaming companies can develop rich interactive games which might change how we play games on our mobile, similarly chat applications can be created in such a way to share files, videos and music... days may be near chat room might be a common place on mobile phones where people from all parts of the world come socialize and video chat with other people on other side of the world just like yahoo chat rooms... and location based services might even give the glimpse of video how the interior of near by restaurant looks instead of just showing the address and much more....
Isnt that thrilling you can actually talk to your friends face to face every morning instead of just writing some crap on their walls? i bet a day may come the existing social networking to become obselete and all are connected with some kind of VisualBook application that might set a standard on how social networking should be this might be really easy with the advent of high speed 3G network
Mobile E-commerce and widgets with 3G
Can't we do e-commerce such as banking, online ticket booking and other transaction on mobile with 2G? of course! we can do but risk of transaction failure in the middle due lost connection and other kind of failure rate were height so people always choose to use Personal computers and laptops more for this purpose, now with 3G where connection is as good as broadband risk of transaction failure is very low and potential of mobile e-commerce is growing so business class people may stop using their net books and lappies one day...
Widgets are heart of modern mobiles almost all carriers offer their own widgets and there are even third parties widgets available out there both paid and free... widgets such as FlashNews Feed, Sports watch, Email Reminders, Stock Market updater, Live tv, Weather buddy are more common widgets on today's mobile which constantly update itself parallel'y to keep in sync with latest updates so with 3G they not only updates fast but shows latest information at any given moment of time.
It is said that the trend of video dating has already began people are already checking out there potential dates using there 3G phones and interactive dating service before actually meeting them so guys why wait dump your 2G phones and start purchasing new 3G enabled phones.
p.s: this is a post for the 3G life blogger contest, powered by NTT DOCOMO.
So guys the potential of 3G what you are seeing now is just a tip of iceberg 3G may change the how we use mobile phone in future in fact it may change even how the mobile phone looks itself... so my last question to you guys... are you 3G?
Source:Technology blog, Science and MysteryPrintPDF
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