It's the anniversary of the iconic Motorola 8000x this week. The first truly mobile phone, by that I mean not attached to a huge battery pack or car battery.
This is surely the mobile that for many epitomised the yuppie era. When I think about the classic ˜brick' phone fond memories of Dell Boy in Only Fools and Horses or Michael Douglas in Wall Street come flooding back. It was released in the US on the 6th March 1983 (it took a further 4 years for it to arrive in the UK) but at Â£2,500 it was only accessible to the rich and famous. That whopping price tag delivered 30 minutes of talk time and eight hours of standby encased in a 1kg brick. I should imagine the very limited signal coverage in the 1980's would have proved annoying too!
Over the past 30 years battery life has improved and mobiles have become smaller, cheaper and are now jam packed with features ranging from phone books, calendars, games, texting, blue tooth, cameras, touch screen, internet browsing and video calling.
Mobile's are now an essential part of our everyday lives. The connectivity and control we now have over both our personal and work lives would have been hard to comprehend 30, 20 or even 10 years ago. Managing, scheduling and keeping track of a mobile workforce must have been a nightmare.
Here at Oneserve our cloud based field service management software takes full advantage of every new technological development. Our HTML5 mobile app works seamlessly with any mobile device, anywhere. Intelligent, threaded two-way SMS technology which uniquely threads conversations and matches responses to outbound messages ensure appointments are updated in real time.
Our customers are embracing BYOD they simply roll out the app to subcontractors who use it on their own devices. This has proven easy to coordinate despite the range of devices in use and any security concerns regarding personal smartphones and tablets not having suitable forms of security software installed on them have been addressed by our app's inbuilt best-of-breed security.
If only there was an app that could tell us what the next 30 years will bring.