[LINK] News: 'New mobile phones will double as credit cards'
david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Sat Apr 28 15:26:58 EST 2007
Howard Lowndes wrote:
> Rick Welykochy wrote:
>> It won't be fantastic for the environment. What is the average lifetime
>> of a mobile phone right now? How often do people replace them? My guess
>> is far too often as it is.
> Then I must be bucking the trend. I've owned 3 mobiles. The first
> was a Voxson 888 bought in '94 - built like a brick and about the same
> weight and 12 hour battery life. That was replaced in '98 with a
> Nokia with about 36 hour battery life and that went out in '01 for
> another Nokia without the stick out aerial; as the phone resides in my
> trouser pocket a stick out aerial is a PITA - literally. The current
> phone had a battery replacement about 3 years ago for a $35 Li-Ion
> which is half the weight and gives about 4 days life than the NiMH it
> replaced. I was tempted to go and buy a "gadget" but I think I will
> stick with just having a "phone".
I've only owned one; bought more than four years ago on a two-year
contract. It came with a warning that the phone wasn't guaranteed to
last as long as the contract.
It's on Telstra's CDMA network, so I'll have to replace it by next
February. I wonder how many serviceable phones will be made obsolete by
the closing of that network.
David Boxall | Any given program,
| when running correctly,
| is obsolete.
| --Arthur C. Clarke
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