Alexander Graham Bell new thought that his telephone invention would change the world in the way it has. The strange thing is that even though advancements have been made to his invention, it has pretty much stayed the same in how the connection is made. From the beginning, the connection was always by wire. Now, those long distance wires seem to be disappearing as we move to a wireless and Internet based world.
People, both individuals and business, have been migrating from being chained to their desk phones for hours are now relying more and more on technologies that “cut the cord” and allowing more flexibility and mobility during the day. Right now, the residential phone service market has been moving more toward depending on their mobile phones for regular usage and the land line has been taking the back seat as no one is ever around to answer it.
Businesses on the other hand, have been taking a hybrid approach. Businesses have the option of using mobile phones in addition to their traditional desk phones for the times when business leaves the office. Now, there is another newcomer in the mix, IP telephony. IP phones allow the desk phone to go mobile anywhere there is an Internet or data connection available to the user. That could be their home office or mobile smartphone.
Somehow I think that with the evolution of LTE (Long Term Evolution) mobile broadband, cellular phone service will fade out and IP phone service will take over. With the increased bandwidth of LTE, data speeds will become equivalent to office and home Internet connections allowing for improved voice and video communications. If these technologies combine, there will be a definite change in the telephone from the way that Mr. Bell designed it.
Lastly, with developments in software based PBX systems in the open source market, the ability to have phone numbers for multiple geographic areas converge at one switching point will allow for people to have an inexpensive solutions to being able to be everywhere and anywhere and not miss a phone call or need multiple physical phone lines. It is also becoming routine that softphone software and mobile apps will allow office staff and business owners to have access to their office phone systems while on the move without needing to rely on forwarding to mobile phone numbers.