Mobile (Un-Phone) Devices

I was recently in the security line at the airport and a woman behind me was on her mobile phone, apparently getting financial advice from someone: “I know I could be investing more wisely, right now I have twenty grand just sitting in my checking account.” I wanted to turn around and ask if she’d invest some of that in me. 

According to an article in MobileCrunch, the city of Graz in Austria is telling commuters on public transport to keep their phones on silent and keep off of them during the commute:

“I know I insulted the cell phone goddess a little,” Graz Mayor Siegfried Nagl said.
“But people need to know they don’t have the right to be on the telephone permanently and constantly,” he told Austrian television. “It’s just not healthy to never be able to get any peace and quiet.”

Will the “phone” use of mobile phones dwindle as more and more web functionality is added? After all, if you’re talking in public, everyone can hear you – but if you’re texting or emailing or surfing the web, you can say whatever you want without being overheard.


2 Responses to “Mobile (Un-Phone) Devices”

  1. 1 bendy3008
    April 21, 2008 at 9:57 am

    You are a smarty pants, jes150, because as it turns out this very thing is already happening. On this link (http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/26548 ) they say that already most iphones are used for purposes other than phoning.

  2. 2 jes150
    April 23, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    I wonder if that means I’m smart or behind the times? Updates on the link you mentioned, bendy3008, has links to 2 more updated surveys on iPhone usage, along with a link (http://rurl.org/p0i) to a company creating a product called WebEffective, allowing companies to do usability testing without labs.

    A quote from the article by Dan Richards, senior product manager at Keynote:
    “As more people leverage the flexibility and convenience of the mobile Internet, Web site operators and software developers are facing increased pressure to ensure ease-of-use and a positive end-user experience. There’s no time for product experimentation; those that don’t deliver will be left behind.”

    Next-generation consumers? I think so.

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