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Bluetooth boom time

Bluetooth-enabled cellphones are the latest rage



ringing in change Watch TV or check your e-mail on the cellphone

THE NEXT stop has to be the ballpoint pen. The latest technological advances have been neatly compressed, packaged and presented in a cellular phone. That moment of digitised future is not far when all you will need to do is carry a ballpoint to make a call, check your email, synchronise your calendar, browse the Net, click a picture, build an online photo album, watch a movie and yes, jot down a number just in case the built-in memory features run out of their gigantic storage space.

Now, take a guess about the latest buzz in office floors. If Bluetooth-enabled phones is your answer, full points. Ask any hardboiled, on-the-move professional about the news and he would most probably flash a smile before exulting, "I can actually download leftover work on my phone with Bluetooth." Boman, a finance executive with a BPO firm, is happy with Bluetooth-enabled phones as they promise freedom from wires. "I can converse through a headset, make presentations, and get a printout while sitting in my car. And no wires in this business. Moreover, it makes driving easier." "You could send your business cards to Bluetooth users around," says Mandeep Brar, an ambitious young HR professional. If that's a feature that could be really useful at a job fair, it could also turn into a nuisance with uninvited messages flooding in from other Bluetooth devices around. "The most important feature of Bluetooth phones is the Internet connectivity and interface with other devices like your laptop or PC," says Prashant, senior manager with a top-notch multinational. "I can actually download a file from my PC while driving to work," says Monita, a content editor.

Stay connected

Putting it simply, you can carry connectivity with people as well as a range of devices, whether you are sitting on the top of a mountain or stranded in a desert. "It enables links between portable computers, mobile phones, hand-held devices and the Internet," says Mohammad Unis, owner of a cell-phone retail outlet.

Interfacing a phone and a laptop, picture conference with a client, transferring files sans the requisite cables are the applications that are being enthusiastically welcomed by professionals. "Low cost, aesthetic appeal and unhindered connectivity are the main attractions," says Prashant.

On the flip side, however, the technology hasn't gone down well with some professionals. "It's a telephone, so use it as one for god's sake," says Tanya, a HR professional with a BPO firm. Many like her feel that these additional features in mobile phones are a waste and merely ways of encroaching on personal space. Though the Bluetooth phone is becoming popular, there are many like Tanya who feel that not only is the technology not of substantial use, most don't have a clue how to use it. While technology gets highbrow by the day, everyday activities get simpler. Bluetooth might stand for "short-range radio specification focussed on communication between the Internet and Net devices", but for the users it is simply a medium to check e-mail on cell phone away from crowded Internet cafés or being able to switch on the television when the elusive remote does the disappearing act.

DEEPSHIKHA MEHTA

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