A NEW AGE OF COMMUNICATION
FROM having to wait for your turn to use the landline TO sending snaps to 10 of your friends at once, the world of communication technology has changed drastically in the last 30 years. In a world more connected than ever before these mobile technologies enhance our ability to communicate with each other instantly. As the mobile phone has continued to evolve it has become more than a communication device, it has become a platform for us to utilize the web more conveniently than ever before. Today we live in a world where the mobile phone is the cornerstone of everyday life.
Mobile phones depend on the service providers like Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and T-mobile to provide the user with calling, text, and data in order to communicate and find information. Each month we surrender $50-$100 a month to these companies as a service fee’s so that we can have the ability to use our mobile devices to their fullest potential. However, I do see a time coming within the next 10 years where these service providers will go out of business. We are reaching a point where access to communication services and the internet will become a right, instead of a monthly bill.
It’s literally INSANE how much the internet has radically impacted our communication technology. The money that we pay to phone companies for their services are being offered for FREE by simple social media platforms and people don’t even realize it. Apps like Facebook Messenger, GroupMe, Kik, Whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are collectively offering us free calling, text, video chat, money transferring, and meme sharing. There is going to be a disruption in the service provider industry when the next generation stops paying for these services and relies on these free apps.
Of course, there is still the question of “how do we use these apps if we don't pay for data from service providers?” This is a problem that stumped me until I realized big players in the tech industry such as Facebook, Google and SpaceX have begun initiatives to provide the world with access to free internet. Though this is just the beginning of these initiatives, they have started the conversation of how to effectively provide the world with free internet access and how it can positively impact society. Mark Zuckerberg even goes to say free internet should be a basic right:
“We believe that every person should have access to free basic internet services — tools for health, education, jobs and basic communication.”
Within the next 10-15 years, I see us living in a world where these new communication applications coupled with free access to the internet will bring us into a new era of communication. Service providers will lose money, as cleints realize they can get the same services for free. Soon the only money we will be spending is for just the mobile device itself while all the services needed to use the phone will be free. Technology is demonetizing our communications technology and is happening now!!!