The phones that in the future you will be talking into, texting on, browsing the internet, playing music and taking photos with have been unveiled at the world’s biggest trade show for mobile devices — plus those that you will be able to make purchases and pay your bills with.
This year’s Mobile World Congress, being held in Barcelona, attracts the bosses and the boffins from the top handset and exchange manufacturers and services providers – nearly 1,500 companies.
They are all hoping to make money off the almost six billion registered mobile phone subscriptions out there.
Despite its troubles Nokia was still the top handset maker last year with 27 percent followed by Samsung with 21.3 percent.
Apple had only six percent of the market, but it was a very profitable six percent.
Nokia which has been struggling after changing operating systems, and with just two percent of the lucrative smartphone market, announced six new models at the Mobile World Congress, with experts saying it has to dial down its prices if it is going to succeed in emerging markets.
However the competition is increasing with industry analysts eagerly watching Chinese and Indian companies that are planning to make so-called truly mass-market smartphones that are much cheaper than Apple’s offerings or those running the rival Android operating system.