Do you remember your first mobile phone, and the newfound feelings of connectedness and convenience that came with it?
I was one of the first in my circles to have a cellular phone. One of the coolest features my phone and network could support was the receipt of short email messages — no send capabilities. What I didn’t know at the time was how easy this made mobile communications.
From a Phone to a Communications Device…
A trip to Europe in the 1990s changed my communications world. I saw a friend pitter-pattering away on their phone and asked what they were doing. “Sending a text message,” they replied. Woah, woah, woah! You can send a message from your phone? And just like that, I did a deep dive into the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM), Bluetooth and the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP).
…and a Communications Device to a Computer
The Nokia 9000 Communicator (1998) was a machine and the Ericsson R380 (2000) was marketed as the world’s first “smartphone,” but it was the Sony Ericsson P800 (2002) that warped minds. I would confuse people when they, sitting on their desktops, could not figure out how I was on my phone chatting with them through instant messaging.
The answer was simple to me: I was no longer using a ..