Saturday, May 26, 2007

3G Technology: Rigorous Transformation/Our stand

The coveted term 3G is more than a monolithic technology for me. Yeah... it’s more like a rebus not only for me, but for my beloved country also. More precisely, it’s like a distant dream (Still when others are ready to embrace 4G!!). Obviously, I never had the opportunity to fancy any of the buffets of this new buzz word (Very appetising). But, it’s been around for a long time. Thanks to this Internet age, which allows me to get all the information (right or wrong) about the latest trends in mobile world.

And, 3G is also among those constantly grilled or discussed topics (from the little bit or loads more I know). My 'Mobilism' instinct forces me to look at the various aspects of this technology, which is still eluding my own country (India). Sometimes I do wonder, why people buy 3G supporting handsets after paying a hefty price for those heavy gadgets? May be for other features or they are among those hopefuls, who believe that 3G is just around the corner and they will have it after a couple of days. Well, that's something beyond my rational understanding, but for now... I just want to take a toll on 3G.

Let's start from the beginning...

3G stands for Third Generation mobile phones in mobile technology. Well, it has really come a long way? The very first generation was about Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS). Then came Second Generation phone service with GSM and CDMA phones. After some time, we had yet another generation with 2.5 GPRS-EDGE mobile phone services. Henceforth, Internet surfing, which was a really a dream came to terms. Likewise came 3G phones...something big, different and innovative. But, we are stranded between 2 and 2.5 (once again beaten by the number game).

After all this hustle-bustle came an obvious question that what does 3G do? Actually, 3G means speed. Yes, it’s like optimising speed (In Internet language). To speed up data transfer and letting us browse the Internet in a swift manner. Now, it enables video conferencing, where you can see the face of the person, to whom you are talking. Well, well, well...4G is also around the corner for other countries and we are still deprived of 3G (No consolation, only regret).

Why are we waiting?

Obviously, you would love to have all these functionalities in your very own phone, but do you deserve to wait for a long time? Actually, the biggest hindrance or technical barrier is that 3G technology does not work on the hardware or network of 2G or 2.5G phones. Keep hoping, as sooner or later, we will have to embrace 3G with a new set up (all the required elements). Another major concern is (! Not that serious) that 3G devices need better or refined batteries to work and we end up with same appellation (we don't have that). But, they will be replaced and it does need substantial time. Till then, I can just keep my eyes open to see the wonders of this new technology (Can't help being sceptic and bit pessimistic). These are some of the reasons, which I can point out (Surely not enough). You can add more at your own discretion.


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