The Internet and the mobile industry are fast converging. Applications that you’re used to seeing on the Internet are now being brought to the mobile phones.
Messaging on the Internet started out with e-mail, then the bulletin board systems came along. Now, we have chatrooms, instant messaging, and voice over Internet Protocol. Now, why can’t we have this on our mobile phone?
Enter unified messaging. Mobile phones are getting more powerful, mobile networks getting faster. The number of mobile phone subscribers is obviously bigger than the Internet. So we will see more Internet-like applications on the mobile phone. One of these applications is called mobile instant messaging. MSN, Yahoo!, and Google Chat are now accessible via mobile phones. These popular Internet messaging communities are now moving to the mobile phone.
After SMS, what’s next? Industry pundits point to mobile instant messaging.
Here’s a related story I wrote last week.