Smartphones Provide New Capabilities for Mobile Professionals

By Lin, P. Paul; Brown, Kevin F. | The CPA Journal, May 2007 | Go to article overview

Smartphones Provide New Capabilities for Mobile Professionals


Lin, P. Paul, Brown, Kevin F., The CPA Journal


'Anywhere Solutions' for Businesses

To be successful, professionals should leverage technology to help productivity. According to In-Stat, a technology research firm. 2006 was a good year for cellphone manufacturers, with about 1 billion phones sold worldwide, including almost 80 million smartphones (Brad Smith. "Smartphones Escalate OS Wars," Wireless Week. January 1, 2007, www. wirelessweek.com/article/CA6404103.html). A smartphone is a device that can take care of one's communication, handheld computing, and multimedia needs. Unlike traditional cellphones, a smartphone offers a personal information manager (PIM). functionality (e.g., contacts, calendars, and tasks) and allows professionals to install and run various computer applications that can edit documents, search the Internet, and retrieve information from enterprise servers. PDA vendors (e.g., BlackBerry and Palm) have also added phone functionality to their products so that users can discard their traditional cellphones and rely solely on PDAs for their communication needs.

Most professionals cannot work productively without data resources. The rapid advances of wireless communication, including smartphones and third-generation (3G) wireless broadband services, can offer professionals access to the information they need and the convenience of staying connected anytime and anywhere. With fast and secure wireless communication, professionals can retrieve documents from their offices, edit and send documents to their clients and staff, or prepare PowerPoint slides when traveling. A small but powerful smartphone can automatically synchronize (using Microsoft ActiveSync) its data with a laptop or desktop and allow professionals to "carry" their office in their pocket. With smartphone prices dropping and data transmission rates significantly improved, this may be the year that mobile broadband access will finally expand to allow office mobility for virtually all businesses. This article will help professionals make informed decisions for their "anywhere/anytime solution," explain several adoption issues, and offer suggestions to enhance mobile security.

The Anywhere Solution

The anywhere solution (Exhibit 1) provides professionals with secure wireless access to their enterprise servers and business applications. Specifically, professionals can use their smartphones to retrieve the information they need, read and send e-mails, or talk to clients while away from the office. Consequently, a smartphone with a mobile broadband connection creates the "office-to-go" option. As service plans have become increasingly complicated, however, the phone functions have become more complex.

Mobile Standards

Similar to the design variation found in personal computers, cellphones are different in terms of mobile standards or technologies and transmission frequencies. The Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) is the most popular standard for cellphones around the world. GSM services are used by over 2 billion people across more than 200 countries (73% of the worldwide mobile market share in 2006), but GSM takes second place in the U.S. market. GSM operates in the 900-MHz and 1800-MHz bands in Europe and Asia, while service providers in the U.S., including Cingular (AT&T) and T-Mobile, use the 850-MHz or 1900-MHz spectrum. Consequently, even with a new local subscriber identification module (SIM) card in a foreign country, a GSM cellphone from the U.S. may not work in Europe or Asia. Frequent international business travelers may want to buy a dualband, tri-band, or quad-band "world phone." Mobile standards and frequency information for foreign countries worldwide can be found at www.thetravelinsider.info/ roadwarriorcontent/quadbandphones.htm.

North America is the only region in the world where the Code Division Multiplex Access (CDMA; 800 or 1900 MHz) mobile technology, adopted by Verizon and Sprint, is the market leader. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Smartphones Provide New Capabilities for Mobile Professionals
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.