|GPRS, or General Radio Packet Service, is a wireless technology which also uses radio waves for data transmission. Primarily used in mobile phones and related devices, GPRS allows users to stay connected to the internet all the time. The best of all is that they typically get charged only when data transfer takes place.
Because of the “always on” characteristic of GPRS, GPRS has allowed mobile phone users to check their email in real time on their phones. Online chat applications on mobile phones have also been made possible by GPRS. When it was first launched, GPRS revolutionised the way people used cell phones – since GPRS was launched, people can now send richer content such as pictures, music, videos and other multimedia files from mobile phone to mobile phone.
We can almost say that GPRS has been a catalyst between mobile phones and the internet. With GPRS, businessmen can now stay connected more than ever, and work more efficiently.
In New Zealand, we see yet another example of how GPRS can potentially benefit the commercial and retail sector. A company there developed a device which would allow Point-of-Sale (POS) machines to connect to banks via GPRS in 2004. GPRS is said to be more cost-effective than other modes of connecting POS machines to banks. By allowing POS machines to connect to banks wirelessly, retailers also benefit from the improved flexibility of placing their sales counters anywhere within coverage of the GPRS network.
GPRS has certainly brought more convenience to businesses, and also increased the extent to which people can interact with one another through their mobile phones.
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