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Wall Street, Spartacus, and Mobile Phones

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Talking of entertainment, have you yet seen ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ with Michael Douglas? His character, Gordon Gekko, is released from prison, and is given back his possessions, one of which is a mobile phone the size of a house brick. It’s not just the size of phones that have changed since the original ‘Wall Street’ film was released, back in 1987, of course, but also the fact that back then, having such a gadget marked out the owner as rich. Now, of course, the mobile, as well as being smaller, is ubiquitous. 

In fact, according Ofcom, 14% of all UK households now rely solely on a mobile phone (compared to just 7% that are fixed-line only) and this rises to 26% in the DE socio-economic group. Younger households also tend to rely more than older ones on mobiles instead of fixed landlines. Maybe that isn’t so surprising. Lower-income sections of the population are more likely to use a pay-as-you-go mobile in order to avoid signing up to a contract that commits them to a regular monthly spend.

The mobile isn’t just for social use, either. It’s now how a vital tool that lets many people do telephone banking, or get a reminder for their GP or dental appointment, or find a job, or access a whole host of essential services. It’s no longer the status symbol of the hotshot financier. Times certainly have changed in the last 25 years.

As for Michael Douglas, he’s a fine actor, though I prefer his dad, Kirk…but you try contriving a link to mobile telephony from ‘Spartacus’ or ‘The Vikings’.

John Cooke

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#1 Nicola Perkin 2010-11-24 10:19
Could not agree more, but on the phone points not the Kirk bit. I was recently without internet access at home for 2 weeks (house being rewired but that is another story). Thankfully my Blackberry carried me through and meant I could still run Perkin PR via the radio network.So as well as being the many things described above, we can also add to the list: mobiles are vital to small businesses.
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