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Mobile Phones Triumph

Through this new way of communicating, mobile users will be able to communicate with another caller by video and in real time. The device screen will display live images of the person we are calling, and, in a small frame of the same screen, the video being sent out will be shown. In this way, it will no longer be necessary to have our mobiles stuck to our ears; on the contrary, we should separate our ears from the mobile in order to create enough distance so that our image will appear well framed.

Video calling is the star product of the new UMTS technology. However, there is another service that will also attract 3G telephone users: the Internet broadband connection. This service, which, up to now, has been limited to personal computers, will enable users to surf on the Internet and use all the network's services, such as downloading content, access to television channels and radio via the Internet, on-line connections to banks, medical consultations via video, tickets for shows and access to all information available.

Spain's three mobile operators have already launched service offers in view of the impending popularisation of UMTS, after over a year's testing with expert and preferential customers. The acronym UMTS will no longer be that set of unknown letters, but will become something as common as talking by telephone. In fact, this Christmas there have been several advertising campaigns showing UMTS as a technology close to everybody and making 3G handhelds one of the star products for these holidays, followied by the "iPod" king product.

Nevertheless, there's still a long way to go until UMTS takes over from GSM, as current mobile telephone coverage is not enough for the demands of the 3G telephone system. Operators have invested millions in order to double the network of available antennas and they have installed relay stations inside buildings, since it is easier to lose service coverage indoors. UMTS technology uses a much higher frequency than current GSM, which often makes it difficult for the signal to reach indoors. In addition to this, it has been forecast that most calls will be made indoors, making the installation of interior antennas a major objective.

High competitivity among the different telephone companies in Spain has turned out to be a clear advantage for end-users, who will see very little changes in their telephone bill when they use services offered by UMTS.

Of course, opinions will be voiced against this by those who consider this new telephone service as an invasion of privacy, as, from now on, we will always need to look our best in order to face video calls. You never know when someone will request images of our best live performance!

 

Third generation mobile phones will change the concept of the telephone system

Through this new way of communicating, mobile users will be able to communicate with another caller by video and in real time. The device screen will display live images of the person we are calling, and, in a small frame of the same screen, the video being sent out will be shown. In this way, it will no longer be necessary to have our mobiles stuck to our ears; on the contrary, we should separate our ears from the mobile in order to create enough distance so that our image will appear well framed.

Video calling is the star product of the new UMTS technology. However, there is another service that will also attract 3G telephone users: the Internet broadband connection. This service, which, up to now, has been limited to personal computers, will enable users to surf on the Internet and use all the network's services, such as downloading content, access to television channels and radio via the Internet, on-line connections to banks, medical consultations via video, tickets for shows and access to all information available.

Spain's three mobile operators have already launched service offers in view of the impending popularisation of UMTS, after over a year's testing with expert and preferential customers. The acronym UMTS will no longer be that set of unknown letters, but will become something as common as talking by telephone. In fact, this Christmas there have been several advertising campaigns showing UMTS as a technology close to everybody and making 3G handhelds one of the star products for these holidays, followied by the "iPod" king product.

Nevertheless, there's still a long way to go until UMTS takes over from GSM, as current mobile telephone coverage is not enough for the demands of the 3G telephone system. Operators have invested millions in order to double the network of available antennas and they have installed relay stations inside buildings, since it is easier to lose service coverage indoors. UMTS technology uses a much higher frequency than current GSM, which often makes it difficult for the signal to reach indoors. In addition to this, it has been forecast that most calls will be made indoors, making the installation of interior antennas a major objective.

High competitivity among the different telephone companies in Spain has turned out to be a clear advantage for end-users, who will see very little changes in their telephone bill when they use services offered by UMTS.

Of course, opinions will be voiced against this by those who consider this new telephone service as an invasion of privacy, as, from now on, we will always need to look our best in order to face video calls. You never know when someone will request images of our best live performance!

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