KILKENNY -- I heard the Sugarbabes coming round round down the tower of St Canice's Cathedral before I saw the pop group--but I knew it would be the Sugarbabes in a mobile phone, not the girls themselves. And as the distinctively continental fashion confirmed, a visitor from Italy was carrying the Sugarbabes ringtone in her mobile.
My grandfather told me that the first family phone was a one-way communications device. It seems that the earliest manufacturers didn't think it would be more than an extension for the town crier. Similarly, the Irish phone companies were slow to cop on to two-way text messaging and they spent years getting two major networks to be interoperative. Now the same technological barrier exists between networks for the sending of picture messaging.
Being able to send directly from my phone straight out to the Internet is a very useful feature. I know that if the 16 Italian students sprawled below the Canice Tower had the capability, they would snap a few photos and send them to friends in Milano. They're writing postcards instead.
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