Let’s take a trip down the mobile memory lane

What was your first mobile phone? Our guess is a Nokia 3310, or a 1100. Perhaps even a Motorola Razr, if you’re extra millennial.

These devices remind us of simpler times. Batteries lasted for days, customized ring tones were all the rage and –– while heavier –– mobiles were actually small enough to comfortably fit into your jeans pocket. Those were the days.

But times change, and so has the way we communicate. The devices of our youth could never keep pace with the technological demands of today’s consumer and we need our smartphones to act, well, smarter.

Get ready for the next generation
In 1992, the first-ever SMS message was sent to Richard Jarvis, a director at Vodafone. While it simply read “Merry Christmas”, the message marked a new era for mobile technology. And now, three decades later, things are about to change again.

BT is planning to switch off the integrated services digital network (ISDN) and the public switched telephone network (PSTN) by 2027, as it moves to an entirely IP-based model of voice communication. That means a large proportion of the UK’s telecoms infrastructure will face major change, and many common telephony products and broadband products will stop working.

Both small and large businesses will have to migrate to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) products, or a new broadband product delivered over copper or fibre network.

2027 might still feel like a while away, but all ISDN/PSTN voice services will go to complete end-of-sale from September 2023. So, if your current ISDN/PSTN telephony or broadband contract is due for renewal within the next few years, now is the time to start exploring the benefits of VoIP and SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) services for voice calls, or SoGEA (Single Order Generic Ethernet Access) and FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) for broadband products.