Wireless World: A looming cell hell

By | December 14, 2006

You may have left it in the back seat of the cab. Or in the booth at the restaurant at lunch. Or even at your client´s office. Whatever the case may be, it is likely that you lost your mobile phone last year. Research shows that 65 percent of Americans lost their cell phones last year — and it cost $600 million to replace them.

Losing a phone due to absentmindedness is not just frustrating, though. It´s causing anxiety in the IT departments of many major corporations, because, these days, mobile phones are so powerful that most of them are mini-PCs, containing customer information, phone numbers and pricing schedules.

A lost phone may mean a data breach these days, as e-mail isn´t the only application found on the devices. “More mobile applications are being developed to complement e-mail, such as CRM (customer resource management) and ERP (enterprise resource planning) to make mobility and the deployment of mobile devices even more valuable for the enterprise,” a spokesman for Mirapoint, a messaging security company based in Silicon Valley, told Wireless World.Read Full Story

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