Sunday, November 28, 2004

Long in the Tooth

Too slooooow and too late. Even though a growing number of cell phone manufacturers are adding Bluetooth capabilities to their products, I don't think the technology is fast enough to survive. Bluetooth technology in the phone and headset allow conversations to be transmitted wirelessly between the devices.

According to research firm IDC, 13 percent of mobile phones shipped worldwide this year feature Bluetooth. By 2008, an estimated 53 percent of the world's phones will have Bluetooth while 65 percent of those shipped in the United States will offer the wireless technology, IDC said. Make a note of that number for future reference - it is way over the top. Have you ever tried to activate a bluetooth connection? Bloody nightmare - especially if you're in a hurry. No, Wi-fi has much more of a future - give me a phone with encrypted wi-fi not Bluetooth. The two technologies also interfere with each other since they use a similar frequency spectrum. Went to a conference in Amsterdam in April 2004 - Bluetooth and Wi-Fi had a REAL problem co-existing in a confined space.

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