Mobile Phones: Birth of the Third Generation

 
 
By Sascha Segan  |  Posted 2005-01-10 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Opinion: 3G is here and, at last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it looked like 2005 is the year of EVDO.

Verizon kicked the US mobile phone market into the third generation at CES this year, lighting up 32 cities with high-speed data services and announcing three handsets. And thats just the tip of the EVDO (Evolution-Data Only) iceberg; every manufacturer we saw, from Samsung to Motorola to oddball Chinese firms like Amoi, was showing off a high-speed data phone front and center. So what?
Verizon thinks consumers will flock to their new VCAST high-speed consumer EVDO service to watch video clips on the run. They also mumbled something about gaming, but when it comes down to it, music videos, sports scores and spinoffs of "24" are the Big New Thing thats supposed to drag millions of Americans over to the next generation network.
Click here for tips on what CES held for the enterprise. Were skeptical. Phone menus are still too complicated to use many handsets data functions – though voice-recognition firm VoiceSignal is working on solving that problem with products like Samsungs innovative dictation-phone. In his Thursday keynote, Motorola exec Ron Garriques said new digital mobile services should grow out of, well, analog analogs. Note passing becomes text messaging. Talking becomes calling. Standing around with your friends trying to figure out what movie to go to becomes wireless Internet-based movie listings. In that paradigm, were not sure where video clips fit in. Read the full story on PCMagazine. Click here for more Cell Phone coverage from PCMag.com
 
 
 
 
Sascha Segan is PC Magazine's Lead Analyst for mobile phones and PDAs. He is responsible for testing, benchmarking and evaluating mobile phones and other handheld devices. Sascha joined the magazine in 2004 after covering consumer electronics for technology, travel and lifestyle publications, and editing the now hard-to-find book, 'I Just Got a Cell Phone, Now What?' He once helped cover an election in Africa using only a PalmPilot Professional with a modem and attachable keyboard as his traveling gear.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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