FREEDOM…JUST A CLICK AWAY
Wired…are you? No longer.
Lets take a step in to the wire free world of cellular phones. Small, big,
slender, bulky, they are available in all sorts of sizes. Once upon a time
treated as a status symbol, cellular phones have now become a frequent
sight. The service providers too, have gone a step ahead in offering
competitive rates, making the wire free world an absolute rage in these
present times. However it's not only the service that most people are
interested in. Deep thought and scrutiny is also given to the instrument
one is purchasing. Numerous companies have plunged in offering a variety
of fancy instruments. Once again, the manufacturer has placed the consumer
on the highest scale of preference, giving him a colossal amount of models
depending upon price, feature, size, etc. Along with the users attitude,
the manufacturer as well has become articulate in delivering the best
product to their buyers.
How are manufacturers actually trying to woo their customers? The answer
is simple. Innovative functions are constantly being introduced in cell
phones to make communication as simple as it can be. 'Coming Closer' is
the key word. Due to the superior expertise applied, cell phones are a
fine example of the world getting more and more close. Undoubtedly, 'an
ode to technology'. Interactive features are what make the consumer tick
today. Ranging from Voice Dialer, Internal Vibrating Alert To Infra Red
and Enhanced Full Rate Speech; they are plenty, they are new and they are
for you! That's right. No longer does you mobile phone serve you as a
device, merely to make or receive calls. With the abundant features
available to you in that 6-inch wonder, life definitely becomes simpler
and easily accessible too. Ranging from Travel, Weather and Shopping Info
To Dial A Pizza and Order A Bouquet, cellular services have emerged as a
new digital revolution in this existing era.
MORE…. FROM YOUR CELL
As usual, lets get the
factual inputs right from the consumer's viewpoint. Speaking of features,
one of the most popular is that of a 'Voice Dialer'. A voice recognition
system that allows you to dial a telephone number stored in your phone
memory by just saying the person's name. You could store telephone numbers
and verbally record the names of people you wish to fill up in your
phonebook / memory. The most suitable for today's hassle-free world of
pace and time, Voice Dialer provides an almost effortless dialing system
to its users. Just say the name and abracadabra… your phone is already in
the process of connecting you to the dialled call. One such lucky user of
this incredible function is Mrs. Seema Lal. " I think it's a real boon.
Specially while driving. While dialing the number manually one can get
distracted, but this is a real treat. Just call out the caller's name and
you are already getting connected." She explains gladly. Long, long ago
when communication modes were scarce, imagining such a possibility would
be laughed upon. But now it's all there right in front of our eyes. Too
good to be true!
Yet another interesting feature is the Enhanced Full Rate Speech (EFR).
This feature helps in reducing the background noise that gets transmitted
along with your voice while speaking on the phone. Highly advantageous in
order to deliver an audible and a clear speech, this feature is just the
apt requisite for our ever - so - crowded trains and buses. Mr. Ravi
Khanna, a stockbroker is a loyal commuter of our dear old western railways
since a long time now. " Traveling from Churchgate to Borivali is my
everyday routine and since I'm into shares most of my work is done on my
cellular phone. Earlier it used to be impossible, but now due to this
special EFR function, conversing on the mobile has turn a lot better.
Thankfully, my phone has turned in to a mini mobile office" says a
satisfied Mr. Khanna. Whether the never - ending problem of our city's
noise pollution is solved, cell phones have indeed come up with a credible
solution. This feature is essentially supportive in theatres, crowded
streets and huge public places. Technology for thought…sure has done some
'No strings attached'!
That does sound good to the ears. Some skilled minds have made
possible that it feels good to the ears as well. We are talking about
the impressive 'Hands Free Kit' available with some cellular handsets,
redefining freedom in the most amazing manner. Trendy and popular, the
hands free kit is very well accepted by today's generation. " To avoid
that extra head ache of actually holding the instrument while
corresponding, a hands free is just the right thing." Says Mr. Vishal,
a young production executive, who simply detests the idea of carrying
the phone around all the time. "I specially chose an instrument with
the hands free feature to avoid that extra pain on my ear and hand,"
he laughs. The hands free is included in the kit by the
itself. One simply has to insert the plug in the instrument and wear
its earphones and then J-U-S-T T-A-L-K. Your mobile being in the
tiniest corner of your attire will not make a difference to your
dialogue. Another added advantage of a hands-free is for motorists and
bike riders who cant afford talking while driving/riding. A sweeping
fine of Rs. 500, and undue diversion caused on the road are reason
enough for many to choose a cellular instrument with this facility.
However sleek a cell phone, nothing is more cool and compact than a
hands free kit.
PASS IT ON THE DIGITAL WAY!
Ever thought information
could be passed on in the mobile manner… Here's one more cherry in the
cellular pie. This one is called 'Infra-red'. Infrared is the most
exclusive feature available in a few elite cellular phones wherein you can
send and receive data from computer to mobile and mobile to mobile
(provided all the instruments are Infra Red compliant). The process
applied is fairly simple in which both the parties having the phone have
to be physically present with each other for the exchange of data to take
place. Mr. Scott, Vice President of a leading pharmaceutical company is
very proud of his cellular wonder. "There have been many occasions where I
need some important notes on my cell from my computer. Seemed like a
far-fetched contemplation some while ago. No more hassles! I just have to
transfer the data from my computer to my cell phone and sometimes even
vice - versa. Now isn't that outstanding. My phone actually performs
technological wonders" he exclaims with a broad grin. In addition to
sending and receiving data from computer to phone, Infra red is also used
amongst cellular users to exchange data such as business notes, telephone
numbers, calendar notes etc. These features in cellular phones are
comprehensive as well as highly beneficial to the end user.
ALL… IN THE PHONE
Moving on to something more
amusing, but certainly worth a thought. How many times have we seen (or
rather experienced it ourselves) people getting pathetic looks in
theatres, meetings, conferences, auditoriums etc? No… it's not because of
their appearance. The reason is that shrieking ring of that tiny mobile
which gets across angry eyes and gritted teeth. There is a peaceful way
out to this repetitive nuisance. Its called 'Internal Vibrating Alert'.
Most phones have this function wherein the user can program his phone to
physically vibrate instead of a ring tone, in accordance with his
environment. This feature prevents the phone from making any kind of
sound, saving the user unwanted embarrassment. Along with the vibrator,
there are other modes such as 'silent', 'light only' and 'vibrator +
ring', but the 'internal vibrator' still remains immensely popular. This
feature also helps in crowded places where one is unable to hear the ring.
HIP 'N' HAPPENING
One of the entertaining
features provided by the manufacturers is the availability of games in
cellular phones. Usually instruments have three to four games in their
menu such as snake, logic, memory etc. Being extremely enjoyed amongst
college students and young executives, these games are brainteasers
and keep you entertained too. Several other features such as Calendar,
Large Screen Display, Changing Backlight Colour,
Musical Ringing Tones,
and Bizarre Graphics are available on latest cell phones that are
attractive and increase the phone value.
"Hi I'm not available right now. Kindly leave your message and telephone
number and I'll get back to you". That's sounds rather familiar! No, Its
not one of those answering machines switched on. Ditto! It's available on
your cellular network too. Thoughtfully called Voice Mail, this feature
allows you to programme your phone to go on voice mail when you cannot
answer the phone (just keeps ringing), when the phone is switched off or
is in no or limited range. The network providers offer Voice Mail services
at a good bargain and give you a chance to suit the options as per ones
requirement. "No worries when my phone is in low range or switched off.
The voice mail system in my phone helps me to get all my messages and
revert back to them accordingly. A very well thought about feature, I must
say." Says Mr. Anand Kumar, a cloth merchant. A regular traveler, at times
finds himself with places with less network. However, with a Voice mail in
his cellular, he is completely carefree.
Other utility oriented features include Call Divert, Call Wait etc. Call
Divert enables you to divert your phone to your voice mail, fax line or a
separate LAN line number as and when essential. It also helps when your
phone is put off or when one does not wish to answer calls. Similarly,
Call Wait allows you to hold one call and answer the next incoming one
(swap) at one time. In addition to that you can speak to all the parties
simultaneously through the conference facility available. In totality,
multi conference (more than 4 parties together) is also possible. Features
such as Voice Mail, Call Wait, and Call Divert etc., can be availed
through your service provider at monthly subscriptions and notifications.
These features are incredibly useful in managing one's time and
correspondence in the most efficient manner. Indeed, cellular phones keep
you connected round-the-clock.
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