Stop Calling Your Smartphone a ‘Phone’

By Eliana Dockterman – Verizon’s new Share Everything plan allows customers pay for a certain amount of data and distribute that data among their devices.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson predicted last week that cell phone companies would enter the market with data-only plans in the next two years. Stephenson was probably thinking of an obvious solution to his company’s own problems: AT&T has recently been recording a decline in the average number of minutes used on phone calls per month. Right now, phone companies still earn most of their money from calling and texting plans.

Of course, we shouldn’t completely abandon the good, old fashioned phone call. So at what point do we stop calling our cell phones “phones”? more>


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