Mobile email access is easier now than how it used to be. Web searching is possible by phone and you can easily answer important emails even if you have no laptop or WiFi access in the area. Internet connection is possible over the mobile phone and although this method has been accessible for many years now, not many people maximize this option.
- Using mobile phones as modems - Cell phones can be utilized as computer modems. Laptops are attached to these cell phones and Internet mobile access is possible. Cell phone modem speeds are fast but are still generally slower than regular Internet providers. The mobile phones come with an installation CD that includes tools for connecting to the Internet.
- Connecting via GPRS - Internet access on your mobile or mobile broadband is possible by connecting via GPRS (General Packet Radio Service). GPRS 2.5G is a packet-switching service. It allows you to access the Internet by sending packets of data over the Internet. You can send and receive email with GPRS. It supports WAP, SMS text messaging and other data communications. When you click on the Web icon on your mobile phone, you get connected to the Internet.
- Using EDGE technology - There are mobile phones carrying EDGE 2.5G technology. Data transfers under GPRS service reaches 171 Kbps while EDGE 2.5G can send data at speeds of 473 Kbps. Mobile phones with 2.5G technology are configured to GPRS or EDGE, depending on the mobile phone service provider that you are using. AT&T Wireless Mobile Internet, VoiceStream IStream and Cingular Wireless Internet Express offer voice plans with GPRS. Depending on the network and service plan of your mobile service provider, when you click on your mobile phone's Web icon, it automatically connects to the Internet.
- Connecting via 3G technology - The UMTS (3G) protocol, CDMA (3G) and HSDPA 3.5G (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) service are used for mobile Internet access. Statistics indicate that you can connect to the Internet at land-line speeds or even faster using any of these next-generation wireless networks. HSDPA can send and receive data at the rate of 1.8 Mbps and can even reach a maximum data rate of 14.4 Mbps. Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless have 3G services accompanying their voice plans. These plans may range from paying a $30-$35 surcharge to your regular voice plan or getting a $50 plan that will be inclusive of all costs, voice calls and data downloads.
- Accessing the Internet using mobile phone networks - There are other technologies now available, which include aircards, the EV-DO and Wi-Max. Aircards are PC cards serving as wireless modems that connect to the Internet using the mobile networks. Various types of aircards are being offered by mobile phone providers like Verizon, Sprint and AT&T together with their service plans. Using CDMA technology, aircards can reach speeds of 30-40 Kbps.
Cellular phone networks are promising better coverage for both voice and Internet services and more people are aware that they may access the Internet using their mobile phones. The future certainly looks bright for mobile phones.