The evolution of mobile phone culture

May 11, 2011 | by

Phones have become the equivalent of an office for business, and they’ve also taken on a degree of social importance in business culture. The phone can be an asset, it can be a tool, and it can be a thing you need to know how to use wisely. Business mobile phones have become the medium, as well as the message.

The phone is the basic equipment for anyone in business. The phone is the working equipment for doing business, including taking credit card orders and managing files. The businessperson is truly dependent on the phone. It’s the ultimate mobile device, and it’s also the main point of interaction with other businesses and clients.

That means the phone is also the major social medium, and that’s really been the driving force behind the huge boom in phone apps. Everything can be done on a phone, in theory. In practice, however, it also means anything can happen on a phone. The phone is becoming a primary human experience.


Worldwide mobile phone usage
Worldwide mobile phone usage

An app for everything?

That particular fact has changed the face of business as much as the internet. Phone culture is now part of the machinery of global business, and with that has come a demand for better functionality. The phrase “an app for everything” has a lot to answer for. If you’ve seen some of the apps on Google and Apple, you’ll be well aware that the iPhone and Android aren’t exactly immune to criticism.

There are literally millions of apps. There are also millions of disgruntled customers. Apps range from the banal to the abysmal to the truly useful. The expectations are high, the results are debatable, and the backlash from the phone culture has been a demand for better functionality and above all more useful apps. An app that can process business is a real business asset. Anything else can be and is frequently called useless.

Apps are really functions, in whatever form. The phone culture has expanded to demand a range of functions that were never dreamed of in its predecessor culture. Internet access, music downloads, games, and other accessories are as indispensable as the phone’s other functions. These are important social functions which basically define the phone culture and modern society as a whole.

The future of the phone culture

That’s how important the phone has become in modern society, and it’s barely started its development. Apps of the future are likely to be linked to “smart homes” and New Economy businesses in the most literal sense. It’s already possible to put all the functions of a conventional office on a phone. So it’s quite likely that future phones, having so many functions will be true communications systems, not simple individual communicators. It’s a matter of how much data the phones can handle.

More likely is that phones having at minimum the capacity of a computer will be the norm. The business mobile phones of the future will be based on business functions and probably even business operations which don’t yet exist. The truly “wired world” citizen is a phone and computer user on a routine basis.

The phone culture of the future will be worth seeing. Watch your phone, because it’s now the image of the future being made.

This is a guest post by Tom Mallet. He  is an Australian freelance writer and journalist. He writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US. He’s published more than 500 articles about various topics, including Business mobile and business mobile phones . For guest blogging in Techlineinfo go through the guidelines

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