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The Death of PCs and Landlines?

There used to be a time when accessing the internet meant sitting in front of a computer. Nowadays, things have changed and much of our web browsing is done on a smartphone. We also use our smartphones for a number of day-to-day business activities: smartphone applications are now often just as powerful as their desktop counterparts.

In the past, talking on the phone meant we were restricted to staying at our desk.

Landline telephones were fixed to one location: if we were away from our desk then it was impossible to receive a call. Nowadays, businesses use mobile technology rather than landline technology to make communication more effective – and often more cost-effective.

With mobile phones becoming more powerful and with mobile technology becoming more ubiquitous, could it finally be time to say goodbye to our PCs and landlines?

Nowadays, smartphones have advanced to a point where they’re arguably as powerful as many computers. You can already use a smartphone to carry out most of your daily business activities. You can do this whilst traveling or commuting: you don’t need to be sat at your desk and you won’t need to carry a heavy laptop computer.

The other major trend has been the improvement in mobile broadband. With 4G technology just around the corner, you’ll soon be able to obtain download speeds that match a fixed line connection. This comes with the extra benefit of ubiquitous connectivity: you’re not tied down by the location of your landline or how far your wi-fi network reaches.

The latest smartphones pack as much power as many laptops. They have access to more than 800,000 applications, many of which are optimised for people using business mobiles.

Mobile broadband subscriptions now outnumber fixed line subscriptions by three to one.

4G is coming – offering even more, and even better, possibilities to make businesses increasingly efficient, cost-effective and competitive.

With smartphones being more powerful than ever and with mobile technology offering ubiquitous connectivity, is now the time to say goodbye to PCs and landlines? Will smartphones and mobiles replace the technology of yesteryear? Or will PCs and landlines continue to have a place? The debate has begun and it’ll be an interesting area to watch.

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One Response to The Death of PCs and Landlines?

  1. Kendlebell January 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm #


    This reminds me of the debate years ago about the paperless office with the introduction of
    E Business and the demise of the envelope industry with the introduction of Email. Neither has happened yet however, both the paper industry and the envelope industry have changed and evolved in the intervening years. Certainly from my own experience I still use as much paper and envelopes in the office as I did previously albeit for different reasons than before.

    I can see the demise of the landline for personal use definitely, it’s already begun, however, for businesses not necessarily so, although no doubt there will be a huge migration to VOIP as broadband speeds and confidence in the service grows. We see a lot of demand for Virtual Landlines from our business clients either pointed into our service, into their own fixed lines or into mobiles. Consumers, both B2cC and B2B, like to see a land line contact number for the
    business they are dealing with as it conveys a perception of bricks and mortar. They express an aversion to dealing with businesses who only have a mobile, because they perceive them as being just that – mobile and not necessarily around if problems occur. We handle in excess of 20,000 calls a month for our clients and the majority are made to landlines so in my own opinion I do not forecast the demise of landlines just yet.

    In relation to PC’s, I agree with everything you say about smartphone being advanced and of
    great use. However, maybe I am not as dexterous as I used to be- I find smartphone keyboards to be a little small particularly when I am typing something like this. Great for short messages and emails but I like to use my PC for emails, documents Spreadsheets etc. By the way I do use an IPad and find it can be very good but still rely on my laptop for the majority of my work.

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