The technology we use to communicate with each other continues to improve at a rapid pace. From the rise of the smartphone to the invention of wireless broadband, we’ve come a long way in the past decade and it’s revolutionizing our lives. With that in mind, what does the future hold? And how much further can we advance in the next 5 years? In this post, we will take a look.
The rise of the smartphone has also led to the rise of messaging apps, whereas, you used to pay per text message. Contracts associated with smartphones also mean that hundreds, if not thousands, are included in bundles for a fixed price.
However, it doesn’t stop there. Due to the fact that many phones now have an Internet connection messaging people via apps, like WhatsApp, are free as it’s all done over the internet. As WhatsApp has recently added end-to-end encryption, it’s now also safer and more private than traditional text messages.
In the next five years, it is expected that WhatsApp and other similar apps will grow even further in popularity, and target businesses as well as individuals. Likewise, the growth of calling apps similar to messaging apps seems inevitable. The only item potentially limited this is the expansion of reliable and fast WiFi. Improvement to battery life and also advances in wireless charging capabilities will dramatically increase usage.
The days of going to the local off-licence for a phone card so you could make a long-distance phone call to Australia or Pakistan are long gone. Now, calling abroad is simpler (and cheaper) than ever before. Inventions such as Facetime, Google Hangouts, and Skype mean that not only can you ring the person, you can see them too. Plus, it’s all free!
Over the next 5 years, Skype and Facetime look set to become even more widespread, particularly in the business world where they’re ideal tools for business meetings. As broadband speeds continue to improve and the technology in cameras and webcams also improves, it’ll be easier to make calls abroad than ever before – and you won’t even have to worry about buffering.
Nowadays, the thought of scrambling around the office looking for good mobile signal is a distant memory. Traditional mobile and landline phone lines are starting to become a thing of the past thanks to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). VoIP transfers analog audio signals, by converting them to digital data that can be transmitted over the internet. This means all calls are free, and made with an Internet connection.
Although this is incredibly useful for individuals, it’s even more impressive for businesses. The technology is relatively new and looks to progress further over the next 5 years, as it will undoubtedly become the future of the industry. If you’re looking for VoIP at the moment and want to stay ahead of the curve, then make sure you’re getting a professional package that complies with data regulations such as Pack-Net’s. This way you can ensure that your company is correctly safeguarded and adhering to rules and regulations.
Communication in both a professional and personal capacity will most likely revolutionise in the next 5 years or so – make sure you’re ready.
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