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Perhaps more important than this world of informa- tion is the fact that you can
access the bits which are really important to you, like your e-mail, financial information,
sales data or just about anything you’d like to take a look at while on the move.
Mobility these days, says Sean Gansbeck, CEO of 7 Days Technology, is more than
the idea of an executive with a notebook. "Mobility really is being unattached to your
desk. Mobility is not necessarily a PDA [personal digital assistant], although this is
often the preferred way in addition to a notebook,” he says. "Mobility means being able
to access and perform office fianctions even though you are outside of the corporate
network away from the office.

“This capability is a reality today and many companies, large and small, are taking
advantage to make their businesses more efficient or more effective,” he says. The
revolution has come about as a result of the incredible amount of power packed into a
device roughly the size of a pack of cards. Your cellphone is no longer just a phone; it is
a versatile computer which, in many respects, is far more capable than the PCs of the
1990s. lt Starts With Connectivity

The major cellular networks all offer high-speed data connections, a capability which
underlies the ability to extend your office on to the handset of your choice, in essence,
the connectivity which is available (which includes 3G, GPRS and EDGE) extends the
Internet to your cellphone or PDA, so any services to which you are accustomed can
be delivered to your phone. Now you will need a handset that can take advantage of
this technology.

“The handsets coming to market today really put the capability to get started with a
mobile office in just about everyone's hands,” says Justin Hume, marketing manager
at Samsung. “Most people probably don’t realise that their handset can be used to
connect to broadband lnter- net without any additional device; if you have a new
handset, then chances are good that you are 3C- or even HSDPA-enabled.” Hume
says it’s not just the handsets on top business packages.

"The phone reallyshould be seen as an extension of the PC, especially for the small,
entrepreneurial business owner who wants to be hands- on and in touch at all times,”
he says. Equipped with a suitable handset, you are ready to get connected and start
using a mobile service. Even though a ‘basic’ service, e-mail is widely recognised as
possibly the most useful of them all. Getting your e-mail on your phone, then, is a good
place to start.

What you may not know is that your phone has an operating system just like a
computer. There are basically two major platforms: the Symbian operating system,
and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Edition. While both of these operating systems have
their strengths and weaknesses, the obvious advantage with Microsoft’s offering is that
it will inter-operate with just about all aspects of your desktop PC.

				
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