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Advances in Human-Computer Interaction
Volume 2008 (2008), Article ID 614987, 9 pages
Research Article

mCell: Facilitating Mobile Communication of Small Groups

1Nokia Research Center, Itämerenkatu 11-13, 00180 Helsinki, Finland
2Nokia Research Center, Visiokatu 1, 33720 Tampere, Finland

Received 1 April 2008; Accepted 14 October 2008

Academic Editor: Regina Bernhaupt

Copyright © 2008 Jyri Virtanen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Mobile communication technology offers a potential platform for new types of communication applications. Here, we describe the development and experiences with a mobile group communication application, mCell, that runs on a mobile phone. We present the underlying design implications, the application implementation, and a user study, where three groups used the application for one month. The findings of the user study reveal general user experiences with the application and show different patterns of usage depending on the social setting of the group and how the preferred features vary accordingly.