Cell Phones as Mobile Offices

By: Denise Ware

Technical Communication is various ways of communicating. In other words, the way one speaks, presents to audiences, writing, visual presentation, and style to name a few are all aspects of Technical Communication. A good example of technology that relates to technical communication is cellular phones. Today cell phones are made to where the user can do just about anything at the touch of a button.

It’s amazing to see how cellular phone developers can expand the technology of the hand-held wireless device.  It seems like yesterday when researchers were trying to develop the actual cell phone, but because of the time, technology to do so were non-existent. At first, the goal of the cell phone was to be able to reach another person regardless of location, altitude, or depth. Now, the cellular phone does that and more.

Today, the cell phone has many uses. Besides the obvious of talking to persons through a network, the cell phone acts as a mobile office. A person can conduct many aspects of business through the use of their mobile phone. Some of the different technologies that we see on the phone include calendars, alarm clocks, reminders, snap shot and video cameras, wireless internet, two-way radio, am/fm radio and the list goes on. These features help one to run or conduct business. Developers have made it so that, the consumer would have convenience at our finger tips. 

The cell phone is technical communication at work. One can format his/her phone to their specifications, making it easy to read and pleasing to the eye. Cell phone users design there phones mostly for fun and entertainment. This is somewhat related to putting on a visual presentation in technical communication. When one conducts a presentation, the presenter designs the visual aspect of the presentation to please eyes and makes it easy to read. Another example includes the way cellular phones give instructions on how and what prompts to use in order to carry out specific functions.When a person dials a number to call, he/she has the option to send or end a call. In technical communication fields, there are person’s everyday writing and testing instructions on how to execute a certain task. For some having a cell phone is important as having an office assistant. In some ways the two work hand in hand. For instance, just as one would give instructions to an office assistant, one would do the same to a cellular phone. As one thinks about the many uses of the cell phone, it is now wonder if maybe, one day in the future if it will replace many existing products such as the phone book, personal am/fm radio and alarm clocks to name a few. Cell phones continue to advance and become more complex while adapting to the 21st century, which one may call “the age of technology and information,” technical communication continues to grow in the same sense. 

Sources

http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa070899.htm

http://www.affordablephones.net/HistoryCellular.htm