Mobile phones were originally created to satisfy the demands of business professionals who needed to be in touch at all times. People used them as a means of personal communication and the main difference between the mobile telephony and the fixed one consisted in the security and mobility provided by the cell phone. However, people started to have various needs and individual preferences in time, so mobile phones couldn't serve only for communication purposes any more.
Nokia, the world leader in mobile communications, which has always promoted the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry, was among the first companies to realize that developing phones for different types of consumers is the first key towards acquiring the best deals on the global market. That is why today, Nokia mobile phones are becoming centers of personal communication, offering us access to an ever-widening range of services.
They serve us as watches, alarm clocks and calculators. Even with the limited free games that come with basic phones, they are already good for "time-pass". In unfamiliar neighbourhoods, they tell us where we are. The address book and contact list is our social interface. Nokia mobile phones can also function as radios and for some users they can also become a notepad. Owners also have the possibility to customize Nokia mobile phones, with their own ringtones, themes and wallpapers.
However, this is just for starters. Consider what some of the more advanced Nokia mobile phones are also doing:
- Audio & Video Recorder: Nokia mobile phones can be used to record conversations and brief notes. Some of the latest models can also record an hour or even more of video, also offering the possibility to bye and include additional memory to your phone;
- Digital Camera: Estimates already indicate that the number of mobile phones with integrated cameras sold worldwide during the past years exceed the number of digital cameras and camcorders sold. Adding images and sounds to messaging is taking person-to-person communication to a totally new level, which creates the basis for another fantastic Nokia feature: Multimedia Messaging;
- Entertainment Platform: Entertainment is a major plus of mobile phones for many consumers, as people seek entertainment in the free time that they have on the device that they always carry with them. Nokia introduced the snake game with the Nokia 6110 back in 1997. Since then, the number and variety of games available has grown dramatically. Today, all mobile phones come with at least some games as standard;
- Music Player: Back in 2003, Nokia introduced its first phone designed specifically for enjoying music, Nokia 3300 music phone, which incorporates a portable digital music player, a stereo FM radio, a digital recorder, advanced ring tones, and enhanced messaging features. Since then, the next big achievement reckoned by the company was combining MP3 music capabilities on the mobile phone;
- Email Client: According to industry analysts, mobile email is set to become a similar breakthrough service to mobile voice. That is why some of the latest Nokia mobile phones started to be used as connectors to POP or IMAP servers and allow receiving and sending email. The mere fact that it is on the phone itself and that there is no need for a separate device can be a big help (along with the lower total cost of ownership);
- Web Client: Nokia phones can also browse websites. Most web sites may not look great on small screens, but it is still possible to connect to any web site;
- Wallet: With transaction services you can buy an opera or tram ticket on the run. There is already a billing relationship that exists between the subscriber and the operator, which can be used to make payments to merchants;
- Document viewer: It is increasingly possible to view documents on latest Nokia mobile phones, in the popular MS-Office file formats;
- Computer adjunct: For many, the cell phone has replaced the PDA as the complement to the computer. With a remote desktop application, it also becomes possible to make the mobile phone a window to one's computer.
Probably following from such an analysis Nokia Chairman, Jorma Ollila, said "At Nokia, we are having a hard time calling our products mobile phones because they have become so much more". "Mobility is all around us," claims Ollila, and this is so right! Nokia's high quality mobile phones provide features for the most diverse needs and preferences. Whether it's checking your calendar, playing games, accessing corporate information or sharing a moment through imaging, the choice at hand is now virtually limitless. So, using a Nokia mobile phone nowadays means so much more than just holding it to your ear!