Over the past years, wireless carriers such as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have offered only cellular telephone services. The farthest old cell phones could go was text messaging. The most recent smartphone revolution allows phones to be and act like real computers: users now can browse the web, read and respond to emails and even use their most favorite apps.
Today the mobile Internet is a mass-media communication channel: just like newspapers and magazines, most of the content offered today is in online format. Mobile version of popular browsers such as Chrome, can offer mobile users the same experience that computers normally do offer. On the other hand, while a computer is a multitasking machine able to accomplish many things at the same time, the smartphones are not ready to perform multiple things at the same time. They can only, for example, let users answer the phone and look online for information.
The growing relevance of the mobile Internet is bringing companies running important websites to adopt a mobile version of their content to deliver to smartphone users. News portals like New York Times and Cnn have a mobile division that takes care of properly presenting their content to mobile devices’ users.
In addition, wireless carriers constantly offer plan upgrades to entice their customers to use their network when browsing the Internet rather than going for a traditional public or home wifi. And the smartphone ecosystem is so eclectic that companies like Skype and Whatsapp are trying to get more customers by offering free messaging and free phone calls to users tired of paying big money to the wireless carriers.
On the business side, the rise of smartphones have almost put out of business the old but reliable Balckberry: today corporate America offers to his emaployees or an Iphone or a Samsung Galaxy. Other phones like Motorola and Nokia are not even part of this way of doing business anymore.
In recent times, even smartphones have raised issues about security: do smartphones get viruses when browsing the web? Do Iphones or Samsungs get viruses? Is one better than the other in terms of security? Not really; it depends on how a user uses his/her phone. It is always recommended to use a home wifi and not a public network to go online with a smartphone and never check your online banking account with your phone. Precious information like personal data can still be captured and used by hackers. Better to limit the use of smartphones to make and receive phone calls and to do a limited browsing without login sessions.