Handheld Convergence Devices

An overview of the trends in the area of wireless communications.

This paper examines how wireless technology is rapidly evolving and is playing an increasing role in the lives of people throughout the world. It looks at how more specialized and exotic examples of wireless communications and control include third-generation wireless technology and hardware devices. The purpose of this paper is to provide an analysis of the various operating systems, cellular access, and Mhz ranges and features and benefits involved with third-generation wireless technology. The features analyzed include the extent to which each device provides email, Internet browsing, photography, instant messaging, cellular phone capability, expandability, music and video content ,and file access and editing capabilities. It also provides a discussion on the availability of third-party applications. Physical attributes, such as touch screens, keypads, screen dimensions and clarity, video capability, and sound are also discussed.

Area of Research
Technology Involved
Wireless Technologies
Inter-Connectivity of Devices
Future Trends
Regulatory Issues
Global Implications
“GSM is the pan-European standard for digital cellular telephone service. GSM networks are an alternative to current AMPS systems. In the future, they will support enhanced data applications. GSM was designed for European markets to provide the advantage of automatic, international roaming in multiple countries. The SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) card is a vital component in GSM operation. The user can store all relevant data for the phone on a removable plastic card. The card can be plugged into any GSM compatible phone and the phone is instantly personalized to the user.”