Finding out what the score is for the Mariners game used to mean either sitting in front of the television watching the game as the innings ticked by, waiting around for the 11 p.m. news or waiting until the newspaper hit your front porch the next day.
Well, those days are over.
The latest technology puts instant, real time sports scores at people's fingertips.
Darci Hedden, U.S. Cellular's director of sales for Washington state, explained that keeping in tune with your team is a cell phone feature that is quickly gaining in popularity. She said by 2009 it's projected that more than 210 million wireless phone users will be using sports applications on their phones.
"It's exciting," Hedden said.
Having the opportunity to gain access to sports scores when you want them is just one advantage of using a sports application on your cell phone. The sports applications are also a new tool that is being used when it comes to fantasy sports.
Using a cell phone to keep track of scores, statistics, stands and sports news can help elevate your fantasy team and keep you on the cutting edge, said Hedden. Through the use of a sports application on a cell phone, fantasy sports team owners are able to instantly keep up with their team and make adjustments no matter where they are. More and more people are beginning to see the advantages that come with using their cell phone as a way of keeping up-to-date with local sports teams, added Hedden.
According to a report from Juniper Research, revenue from mobile sports applications, video clips and text-updates is set to double this year with global revenues expected to reach $1.3 billion by the end of the year.
Hedden explained that equipping a cell phone to keep people abreast of sports activities is easy. She noted that people generally just have to download a sports application to their cell phone. Once the sports application has been downloaded people can gain access to instant scores and updates.
"It's a way for people who are really into sports to stay connected," Hedden said. "The key is it's so easy."
Although sports is one of the most popular applications for cell phones, Hedden explained that there are applications out there for everyone. She noted that she uses a weather application on her cell phone so she can receive weather updates as she travels.
According to Hedden, other applications people can connect to include news updates, horoscopes and even stock prices. She added that there is a lot of information out there that can be accessed through a cell phone instantly.