There is no denying this has been quite a year for the mobile traveler. And thanks to the mobile handset the world has gotten a little smaller. For the business traveler mobile has made it easier to book a flight, find directions and do work and from a super sleek handset.
But the really big innovation from 2010 for the jet setter or road warrior is that the world phone has finally come into its own. Programs such as VOIP, and various text programs have further made it easier to stay in touch with home base without breaking the bank along the way.
VOIP Arrived for Android from NimBuzz
Speaking of VOIP, Nimbuzz, a mobile VOIP operator, announced this month that it has launched its service for Android handsets. Utilizing Global IP Solution’s VoiceEngine Mobile, Nimbuzz will reportedly now deliver high quality VOIP calls on Android, as well as calls over Skype, Google, Yahoo! and Windows Live Messenger. The best part is that these will be free mobile voice calls!
Mobile Can Help Predict the Spread of Malaria
There now comes word that mobile phones can do something that probably no one originally considered and that is predict the spread of malaria in regions such as Zanzibar, and more remote areas of Tanzania where records are few and far between when it comes to tracking people who have traveled nearby recently.
Now U.S. researchers have found that they can by studying the mobile phone records, and as part of a study with the Zanzibar government were able to track the movements of 770,369 mobile phone users and show the regions where the calls originated. By analyzing these records — which didn’t show names or other personal information — researchers were able to determine that those who ventured deeper into distant areas of Tanzania were more likely to get the disease than those who only traveled to larger cities such as Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar.
The concern, of course, is that someone would travel to a high-risk area, be bitten by a mosquito carrying the disease, and then return home where other mosquitoes could bite them and thus spread the disease to others. This study will give scientists in Zanzibar and Tanzania new information on how to combat the disease and stop it from spreading. Just another way that mobile phones are changing the way we travel in this new millennium.