I was looking for a multiple-headset phone for my new apartment – so, naturally, I went to Fry’s, and while browsing for their selection of the said phones, I came across this wonderful device:
This is the Vtech IS6110 phone, which looks like a smart (cell) phone, but it isn’t. It is a landline phone with – get this – instant messaging capability. Apparently you can connect it to a PC with a USB cable and engage in instant messaging via AOL or MSN.
Instant messaging is available on, like, 99% of modern cell phones and more and more people even disconnect the landline completely. It is worth noting that the group of people who use instant messaging and the group of 100% cell phone people belong to the very same larger group, mostly: the younger people. So this is a catch-22 kind of deal: the more likely someone is to use instant messaging, the less likely that person is to use a landline phone. Besides, if I have to connect it to a computer, why not just use the computer. My laptop is just a little bit bigger than this phone, but much more convenient for… for pretty much everything!
I suppose this is a nice phone and all, but it is some 15 years too late.
(image from the engadget article)