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June 2007


Charles Jolley

I was speaking with a friend close to the iPhone the other day and I raised your convergence argument with him. His response was that the mobile phone is, like the PC, what he calls an "anchor device". That is, it tends to be something you will buy anyway and as such it will tend to absorb other products in the name of convenience. For example, the way the PC, which was adopted initially because of the spreadsheet, absorbed the typewriter.

If the iPhone is really a good phone, doesn't it make sense that if it is a"good enough" iPod and a "good enough" email device, that people will not buy those other things for the sake of convenience?

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