Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Getting connected at 3GSM, Barcelona
We've been at 3GSM for two days, but it feels more like a week. We all keep saying things like: "That was only this morning? Are you sure?" But I'm not complaining. The long days have been fun. We've spoken to a host of companies who are very excited about what they think will be a revolution in mobile communication. One day in the not so distant future they say we'll do everything on our phones. From paying the bar tab and using sat navigation to social networking and watching TV and films. Most of these technologies are already here, but they are nowhere near mainstream or seamless. No doubt, there's a long way to go until mobiles are as easy to use as the Internet on the PC.
Speaking of the Internet, my colleagues and I have struggled to use it at all. The conference provides a high-tech media center with free wifi for all. The only problem is it's way too slow. There are hard-wire connections but not nearly enough for the dozens of journalists. You'll find some of them camped out on the floor. It's testament to the growing importance of this conference. By nearly all accounts it's been a huge success so far. We're off to meet some dotcom millionaires who are about to take on Apple's iPhone and we're hoping to speak to one of the biggest CEOs in music.
Wish us luck.
From CNN Producer Linzie Janis in Barcelona.
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