Saturday, February 5, 2011

Are Phones Becoming Obsolete?

The other day we checked our voicemail and got an urgent request from Big Boy.  Unfortunately, the message was a few days old and the opportunity to help someone out had long since passed.

Without thinking Poker Chick called him, and told him if something was urgent in the future to email if he didn't get her on the phone.  He replied that someone else told them to do that ("the kids are all on email this day, no one uses the phone...") but he couldn't comprehend that there was a more urgent way to reach someone than the phone.

At that moment it dawned on us: are phones becoming obsolete?  After all, we didn't even blink after ignoring our voicemail for days.  Between texts, emails, etc. are phones even necessary anymore?  And before you stop to say that's ridiculous, do you really want us to believe you can't think of one single occasion in the past few months when someone called and you thought to yourself "that's weird, why are they calling me?"

Face it, phones are going the way of face time -- gone.  It won't be long before they're barely used at all - between facebook, foursquare, text, tweets - phones won't be needed anymore.  We're in the midst of a huge cultural shift, peeps.  As big as the one where people finally realized telegrams would become relics.

Pause ranting prediction to insert moment of hypocrisy:

This moment of hypocrisy sponsored by "The Hallelujah Chorus"
Right now, somewhere near the city of Shenzhen, China, is an iPhone with our name on it.  That's right, Poker Chick was one of the first Verizon customers to have purchased an iPhone and now it's on the way.  Is she excited? In a way she is, in a way she embarrassingly is.

Wait, what gives?  We started writing this post a couple of weeks ago, then a few days later found ourselves waking up at 3am to buy - you guessed it - a telephone.

So it might seem a bit strange when we continue to assert our prediction that soon phones will be obsolete.  Except for accepting food deliveries in a doorman building, they no longer serve a real useful purpsose.

Still don't agree?  Look at it this way.  From the day we get our iPhone, we will no longer have a phone.  We will have a mobile device.  And the bill to prove it.

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