Mobile phones have changed plenty in the past 10 years but in the next 2 years we will see more changes than ever. As social media has taken over as the main activities done online these features become basic features for mobile phones. We went from calling, paging and basic texting into devices that can send emails, take pictures and upload on facebook, have msn chats and are even featuring video capabilities.
Many mobile service providers have slowed down the use of internet on mobile devices due to the price. It is understandable that these carriers don't want people downloading too much data on their phones but charging high rates might be a thing of the past. People want more data and services on their phone and they won't be able to afford $200 monthly phone bills for doing basic things like sending a few emails and uploading a few photos. Expect to see mobile service providers getting a bit more competitive and trying to out perform their competitors as their operating costs decrease for data transmission.
What can we expect from mobile phones in the future?
Within 2 years it is realistic to have a video call between 2 cell phones. This doesn't mean basic features like text will disappear but rather than cell phones will become an important tool that will be almost impossible to live without.