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The future of cellular phones

Industry statistics are showing that for the first time, Americans are using their cell phones more for texting and web surfing than for traditional phone calls.

Kit Eaton at Fast Company argues that network providers better change their business models:

…[W]hen next-gen 4G networks start to take off properly, cell phone use will be almost exclusively about data consumption, and voice calls will remain as a needed but deprecated service.

And when that happens, something odd will happen to the cellphone providers themselves–they’ll be relegated to merely being vanilla pipes over which your lovely smartphone data flows.

This is why they’re scrambling to establish some mindshare at the moment, with weird efforts like Verizon’s own App Store.

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