There is a trend in the technology world to create new and marketable devices.

Yet, functionality seems to be more of a desire than actuality.

WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) is taking the mobile phone market to a new level of performance. Never before have so many, had the opportunity to remotely access information services. Originally, the mobile phone was a tool, the technologically suave businessperson, used to conduct phone conversations with clients and associates while traveling from location to location, without wiring to a local network.

Now, that technology has grown. Anyone, who has a desire to communicate with someone while on the go, has a mobile phone.
Not only can a person use one to make a call, they can also use them to:

  • Text.
  • Perform document functions.
  • Email.
  • Download music.
  • Take Pictures.

These operations and more are the norm. With all that, technology floating around there had to be standards established. The IEEE (Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers) established in 1957, set those standards for mobile phone communication.­WLAN also uses standards established by the IEEE.

What is the world is “G” anyway?

G stands for generation. When a mobile phone company refers to the term 3G or 4G, what they are saying is; that is the technology platform used for data service. The phone portion utilizes the 2G level. 1G is nothing more than analog technology.
There are new devices coming on the market that use both technologies. They use WLAN while stationary and cell technology for mobile operations. Switching from WLAN to 4G automatically will be the next challenge for the mobile phone companies to hurdle. Few companies are experimenting with the automatic switching process. Time will tell which technology is going to emerge as the leader. However, as of now, stationary usage will remain the domain of WLAN and Cellular technology will dominate mobile access.