How valuable is your cell phone to you? If you live in the modern world, or at least America, it’s worth a lot to you I imagine … as it is to me.
I know if I lost my phone, I’d be lost … literally.
This small, portable, rechargeable device has become an “essential” fact of life for most of the modern world as it starts to become the default utility lifestyle and business tool.
Think about all the things you can do with your phone right now: take photos, browse the web, check and send email, store all your contact information, record short videos, play games and text and instant message friends — among about a hundred other things I’m probably forgetting at the moment.
The feature/benefit I’m anxious to see is how all this beautiful, functional value can be synced, stored, and shared online … social networking at its finest … right in the palm of their hands anywhere in the world.
Meaning … my brother records a video of my beautiful niece saying, “I love you!” with his cell phone …. and then wants to share it with me.
The problem is … how does he do that easily and fast … with the fewest bobbles?
He takes that video with his phone and then uploads it to an online site/service … where he can send it to me and all our family with a click (or keypad button).
I saw a glimpse of this type usability when my friend Chris took a picture of me sipping on my Starbucks coffee at one of our brainstorming meetings and then uploaded it to Facebook in like 5 seconds.
In a way, the best example I know of right now is this …. take the iPhone with all its insane usefulness (I love mine!) … and just give me an easy way to share all that with any other cell phone and user in the world.
So …. whoever wants to dominate this “cell-phone-as-the-default-utility-tool-for-everybody” market will provide the universal, cross-whatever platform for sharing, syncing and storing all that multimedia in that handy electronic device … for free.
To pull this off … just like any other web 2.0-like service, they’ll have to storm the cell phone and web worlds (aka industries) with a tidal wave of buzz (i.e. get linked on TechCrunch) … sign up millions of users (maybe with partnerships with all the major cell phone carriers) … and again, make logins and uploading universal where any relatively new cell phone can upload their data, no matter the brand.
I think the player who does this … wins my money … and probably yours too.
I know I need to worry about dropping or losing my cell phone that much more, eh!
Update: I saw this article titled Broadband 2.0 Poised to Reshape Web, TV after I wrote this post.
Update 3: Check out The Flip Video Camcorder for recording short video clips