The history of cell phones can be traced back to the advent of the cellular telephone in the late nineteen eighties. The first phones were simple devices that simply sent and received electronic messages. Slowly, the history of cell phones began to unfold as people started to send and receive electronic mail. When the standard wired telephone began to replace residential phones, more individuals began to use cell phones.
In the early nineteen eighties, cellular telephone companies began to offer pay as you go wireless contracts that allowed individuals to choose their own wireless plan. These contracts offered a handset and a service plan that worked together to provide the user with a telephone service and a cell phone service that were prepaid through the wireless plan. In most cases, pay as you go plans provided phones, but users were free to lease or purchase additional phones. Users typically paid for minutes used and received a monthly bill.
Cell phone companies quickly realized that the mobile phone market did not have an unlimited potential. The phone plans offered by pay as you go wireless companies required that users purchase more than one phone with the service company. This caused a problem, especially for those who had a need for more than one phone. In order to solve this problem, companies created virtual networks. Virtual networks are simply cell phone networks that operate outside of the traditional wireless contracts.
In order to provide virtual services and keep up with the increasing number of mobile phone users, phone companies created a service called MMS. MMS, short for multi-media messaging, is one of the greatest advancements in the history of mobile phones. With MMS, a message can be made available to multiple users at once, much like a text message sent to a single friend. For example, if a business has employees located all over the country, but their offices are located in different time zones, they can use MMS to instantly send a message to each individual employee in the office, which could then be forwarded to their mobile devices. Companies that use this service to notify employees about job changes or new products can save hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
Another great invention in the history of mobile phones is the GPRS. GPRS stands for good quality Public Relay Service. GPRS technology allows people to use their phones to connect directly to the Internet, rather than having to connect through a wireless router or modem. This technology has allowed people to use a cell phone in places where cell phones are not available, such as in hospitals or at the workplace.
As you can see from the above information, there are several different inventions that have been created to make life easier. A great invention is the GPRS or good quality Public Relay Service and is what has allowed consumers to connect to the internet directly, without being connected through a modem or router. The cell phone plans we have today are designed to provide consumers with mobile phones that are equipped with GPRS, which will allow them to connect directly to the web, instead of having to connect through a router. This will help them save money and get faster service, which should lead to an overall increase in their purchasing power and market share.