Mobility has become the most pervasive buzz word par excellence of the 21st Century. Second in the roll call of key hot topics is connectivity. The two intersect everywhere and anywhere, every day and all days.
People watch TV programs and National Football League Games on their smart phones, they surf the web on their personal music players and watch instant movies from Netflix, Amazon On Demand, YouTube and Hulu on their Sony Playstation and Microsoft XBox game consoles.
Needless to say, the rise in do-anything mobile devices has not resulted in investors being stuck in some technological backwater desperately trying to view trades and study stock charts and price quotes via yesterday's methods. Virtually all Blackberry, iPhone, Android, Samsung, LG, Windows Mobile and other smart phones from Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobie, ATT and many smaller, regional cell phone carriers can display detailed stock charts obtained via the telephone's web browser or a dedicated stock information application built into the phone or available from a third-party developer through emporiums like the iPhone App Store and Google's Android Market.
In addition, the latest generation of phones feature advance push technology which automatically updates the charts for the companies you are tracking based on stock symbols you have entered in the cell phone's memory. With these phones all you have to do is take them out of your pocket, press an icon on touchscreen and get a high viewable, high resolution (relative to the size of the phone's LCD) current or, in some cases, even a historic chart.
E*Trade eTrade Mobile Pro is typical of the services available to people with smart phones (and, in this case, an E*Trade account) in addition to streaming quotes, it allows you to examine your portfolios, transfer funds, update your watch lists, see trend charts, track price changes by market sector and individual companies and otherwise have a lot more fun than available with the simple texting phones that were the height of high-tech just a few short mini-months ago
Non-E*Trade customers can get equally good charts delivered to their phones by AOL, Google and a bunch of other usual suspects today, with more providers going local every week. It is important to note, however, that not all phones -- not even all so-called smart phones -- and carriers support all stock chart display services, so make sure you're getting a plan with the features you want before making an upgrade.