April 17 2009 by Chris McGinnis
Being mobile while on the road hasn't also been so easy.
At the turn of the 21st century, I was an early adopter of the Blackberry. Quite basic, it offered a black-and-white screen to display emails and the phone worked relatively well. I upgraded a few years later to a newer Blackberry that offered a color screen and showed "clipped" versions of Web pages.
But three years ago, I gave up on my Blackberry, and switched to a Nokia phone, as they were known to provide the best reception in areas with weak signals - which included my office. While it worked like a charm, it alas was not a Blackberry, and I missed the handy-dandy mobile access to my email, especially when on the road.
Then the flashy new iPhone was introduced and I got PDA fever. The new must-have device had a bright, full-color screen, Internet access, email, GPS mapping and a zillion new applications. But its exclusive carrier, AT&T, shares cellular infrastructure with my current provider, T-Mobile, which limits my signal in my office.
For business travelers, "going mobile" is now a must.
Did you know that a bar code sent to your mobile phone now serves as your boarding pass on certain airlines?
Best Western Mobile was recently introduced, allowing you to reserve, change or cancel a reservation from a roadside rest stop, a socked in airport terminal, a plane with in-flight Wi-Fi, or anywhere else in the world - all through your mobile device. Business travelers can no longer use "getting lost" as an excuse for tardiness now that we have Google maps and GPS in our pockets.
So I'm back in the market for a new mobile device. And there are a LOT of new choices coming down the pike:
- T-Mobile is expected to introduce its new G2 phone -- also known as the "Google phone" in May. (I shied away from the G1 introduced last year because I feared spending $300 for a first generation device.)
- The new and highly anticipated Palm Pre is also due out in May.
- Later this summer, Apple is expected to introduce a next-generation iPhone with even more bells and whistles. (And maybe a new carrier!)
Stay tuned! Maybe I'll be writing future posts from my new PDA - that is, if I can ever get a signal in my office.