Here's a scary thought. If cell phone users are blind to the world when they have a phone to their ears, think what will happen when they get a keyboard to do heads-down thumb-typing. Just imagine users of the Treo from Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation Palm
Well, concerned citizens, that day has dawned at the world's largest cell phone manufacturer, Nokia
Due out early next year, these are not your typical phones. They can connect your company's phone network and allow four-digit phone extension dialing. They also have features to waylay the corporate IT department's concerns about security.
Still, phones with keyboards -- Hewlett-Packard and Motorola
Nokia will benefit from trends like this that it can ride to sales glory, but investors should consider the opportunities that Internet-enabled phones provide for e-mail and other providers. Read yesterday's lament from fellow Fool Nathan Parmelee about what he missed after moving from Japan to the U.S., and you will see that it may pay to think well beyond handsets.
Mobile users will more actively use Internet sites, thereby boosting business for the entrenched winners. From Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation eBay's
One last thought. Motorola has announced that it has developed finger-writing-recognition software, so why do cell phones have voice-activated dialing systems but no speech-recognition software to bypass all of the keyboard thumbing? IBM, are you listening?
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