Randall Randall (
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 11:15:38 -0500

It's been rumored that on Mon, 01 Feb 1999, Billy Brown wrote:
>Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
>> Wearables will become popular when they can be bought for less than a
>> desktop machine, provide web browsing, vr chat, personal organizing,
>> video conferencing, and personal documentary. Oh, and can
>> play music at high quality.... replace the walkman..
>Sounds great, but isn't it overkill? If you can replace your walkman, cell
>phone and pager with a device that also acts as a personal organizer, you
>should have a marketable product. You can add the fancy multimedia features
>later, as hardware prices come down.

The problem is that there is less demand for such a thing than you might imagine. The Nokia 9000i is essentially what you've described, yet in Nokia's After Market Services, we get only about one a day in for repair or other work. Of course, this could be taken as a sign that they are extremely reliable in comparison to other cell phones, but I don't know whether that is true.

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