By strange coincidence, as I was writing an article on multilingual mobile access, Ray Tsuchiyama (Tokyo based director of AOL/Tegic who I have known for many years) , sent me an email about SMS capabilities in Marathi, a sanskrit based Indo-Aryan language which is my ‘mother tongue’.
It kind of articulates my vision: the mobile phone will touch the lives of many people globally who, for various reasons, will never use a computer. That network may not be in ‘English’. It will include richer media like movies, images, sound and podcasting. It will also bring together many more people globally : such as a Japanese American director of AOL living in Tokyo and a UK based director of a publishing company of Indian origin who originally speaks a language which AOL/Tegic have now SMS enabled in India(Marathi).