Contributed by Dr. Wolfgang Irber, PPCW.Net Reader and Business Professional
About two years ago, I always was the only one with a "mobile data device" such as the XDA and got very odd looks from my neighborhood. But times have changed, quite significantly as I am able to observe on my travels. Now, there are a lot more people using what I just call "mobile data devices", other may label them smartphones or PDAs with GPRS modem or whatsoever.
Regardless of the name used, this day I always will remember: When getting out of the airplane at the Munich airport, we had to take a bus ride in order to reach the terminal. First, an old phone rings next to me and a businessman fingers for his MDA I. Another old phone rings (they obviously like this ring) and a second businessman on my right picks his MDA II. A third businessman on my left starts calling on his SonyEricsson P900 while his colleague is reading his emails on a Blackberry. And last but not least, another businessman behind me gets his Palm Treo 600 to check something on the Web.
Well, now completely surrounded by MDAs and P900 and Palm Treo and Blackberry, I had a hard job hiding my big smile and decided to join the family, took my XDA II and checked the WAP page from the Munich public transport for the next S-Bahn.
I always had expected that mobile data devices are becoming a success, but I never had thought there are becoming that successful for businessman. I think its just a matter of time when they start to become more popular even in the non-business world.
Cheers ~ W