It is hard to walk down a street any time past 2006 without seeing a cell phone in almost everyone’s ears. The once expensive and foreign-like object from the 70’s has now been modernized, popularized, and widely distributed since it’s invention and has now become recognized as a necessary part of our everyday lives. So when is being accessible blurred with dependence? Well, in common opinion, it already is. But rather than dwelling on our dependency on a guilty pleasure that was unnecessary 30 years ago…our focus should be shifted to the positives.
The line may not be clear, but the service is. With battling companies beginning to merge in recent years (Verizon and Alltel), it is beginning to seem like networking is really all within one giant system. I am by no means Miss Technology, but as an avid cell phone dependent I think that it is safe to say that I don’t see the difference in the name brands…other than charges.
Well, it seems that I am not the only one to think this way. Although it is not set to be released for another year or so, Verizon is launching the new initiative “any phone, any application”. This setup could be really good for consumers for many reasons. Whether it is the fact that you are not limited on phones or contracts, or the fact that rates could go down because you would not be paying between services since there would only be one, the merger would have many benefits.
Although it is quite questionable as to just how successful this will be, it can only be better than what we have now. Our ever-changing economy and society needs something that can keep up and if there were only one service to worry about, as opposed to five or more, the advances following could only be spectacular. In my opinion, all eyes should be on the launch of this initiative.