Re: Don't Want - Next thing they'll be trying to deprecate phones that can handle voice.
Next thing they'll be trying to deprecate phones that can handle voice
No. But almost. The way forward (for telcos) is to subtly deprecate SMS. To do some, simply and obviously, would be VERY unwise. But they know that. So the approach will be to by small degrees. Start charging for all SMS that include the letter Q or any text emoticon (not suggesting that any handset makers are already complicit in this, oh no, not me, not all). Slow down transmission (even more). Deliberately reduce reliability (randomly don't forward around one in fifty SMS, but with a very high standard deviation to make this liess obvious to the punters).
I'm sure there's plenty of other ways, but the key thing for the graspers running telcos is simply to make SMS less attractive,, less easy to use, so that punters actually choose the new paid formats.