The curse of smart devices

Ever heard the phrase, “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should?” Technology changes so fast in telecommunications world, and ever since the introduction of smart devices that could browse the Internet, read and send emails, edit spreadsheets and so on, people have been tending towards using these devices for more and more functions.

But, how often does a user consider whether or not a smart device is really the best tool for the job. Just the other day, I was at a friend’s for dinner. At one point I noticed him impatiently typing away on his smart device’s tiny little keyboard. Tturns out he was responding to an important email, and by the time he was done, it had taken him close to 10 minutes to finish.

I couldn’t help but notice the laptop computer sitting 15 feet away in the same room. The laptop was even turned on. I asked him if he could have accessed the email on his laptop, and he laughed as he immediately recognized what I was seeing.

Had he used the laptop – it probably would have taken only a couple of minutes to send the same email. But, as with so many of us, he is so used to receiving emails on his smart device, that he no longer thinks twice about whether there is a better way available to respond.

As smart devices continue to become more and more integrated into our daily existence, we all need to constantly evaluate the functionality that we’re being sold. Similar to what I said at the beginning of this post – just because you can type a 5 paragraph email on your smart phone, doesn’t mean that you should.

The point here is that wireless telecommunications technology is going to continue to advance and as it does, the carriers are going to constantly bombard us with the latest features and latest abilities of the most current smart phones.  As one of the oldest and most experienced telecommunications expense management companies in the US, Valicom has a unique ability to draw on a breadth of experience that ecplipses the dawn of smart phones and smart devices.

Valicom’s various solutions can provide you with critical insight and advice on the types of devices that should be considered for your staff, and will enable you to make more informed decisions about how you allocate new technologies. Learn more about our wireless cost management services.