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The Death of the Smartphone

Smartphones and tablets might be the current hot technology, but history says it’s all just another fad. Twenty years from now, almost nobody will own either device. Seems unbelievable, but the same technology that makes them hot today will make them not tomorrow. Consider what happened to another “must-have” technology: the fax machine. Back in 1991, the Baby Bells were predicting an explosion of landlines and a corresponding shortage of phone numbers because “everyone will need a fax machine.” Phone companies offered leases for “only $60 a month on a three-year contract.” (Sound familiar?)

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    Barbara Hudson

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