The Growth of Cell Phones
Cellphones are quickly becoming an integral
part of our lives. They increase the convenience factor, help
us stay organized, and keep us in touch with the people that
we love. They can also help us keep informed!
As cellphone technologies increase,
cell phone manufacturers are finding new ways to pack great
programs into their cellphones. One such program that is being
built into cellphones now, and will increase in the future,
is the RSS feed capability.
Having this capability will mean that
your cellphone can act like an MP3 player, and perhaps you
already have a cell phone that has MP3 player capabilities.
But in a cellphone with RSS feed capabilities take the MP3
player format one step further.
The word “podcasting” was coined in
2004. It is a technology that no one heard about until recently
but is gaining popularity at an exponential rate. A podcast
is like a radio program that broadcasters create in an MP3
format and attach it to an RSS feed on their web site. Computers
and cellphones with RSS feed capabilities can grab the MP3
file and download it automatically. This means that every
time the podcaster makes a new show, your computer or your
cell phone can automatically pick it up.
(A quick note on terminology: podcasts
and punchcasts are virtually the same thing except that podcasts
are typically the "radio show" that goes to your computer,
while punch casts are considered the ones that end up on your
cell phone, even if they are the same show in the same MP3
The value of listening to podcasts on
your cell phone is tremendous. While most people have not
heard of podcasts, there are literally thousands and thousands
of podcasts out there, and each one is designed for a specific
niche: the baseball enthusiast, a wine lover, a news junkie,
an entrepreneur, and the list can go on and on. If you have
a hobby or interest, you'll probably find a podcasts on it…
or 10 podcasts on it!
Aside from topics, podcasts vary in
length and quality: just like television shows, they can have
an interview format or a quiz show format or a monologue format,
to name a few. They can be well done or poorly done.
Here's how it works: you find the podcast
you are interested in and subscribe on your cell phone (it's
free) and every time the podcaster creates a new podcast and
attaches it to the RSS feed, it gets automatically loaded
onto your phone.
So now you can stay on top of all the
exciting news in your industry, or in a hobby or an area of
interest that you might have and you can do it all on your
Jeff Lakie is the founder of http://www.my-used-cell-phones.info