The Future is When?

David Byrd : Byrd's Eye View
David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

The Future is When?

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I was traveling overseas about two years ago and took a picture of a number of payphones that sat unused. At the time, I wondered how much longer they would exist given the growing penetration of cell phones. This photo is of a bank of 14 phones all sitting unused. So, the question is, "Are we in the future now based upon the photo?"

I not trying to be esoteric today but I am asking, "When do we decide that we are participating in the future?"

I joined Broadvox both because I wanted to focus on delivering the best marketing programs and because IP Communications is the future of telecommunications. Now that we have over one thousand SIP Trunking customers up and more added every day, I ask again "Is the future now?"

Of course, since we are living it the obvious answer is "No." We realize that much remains to done before VoIP, SIP Trunking, FoIP, Unified Communications, etc. are done or the norm. However, I remember when the rest of the world embraced cell phones, broadband, Skype, and other technologies prior to the US. US consumers and businesses may be may cautious in embracing change but once they do, they do it with abandon.

Consider the lowly payphone. If you see one today, it isn't owned by the phone company. If a person is using a payphone, they are probably leaning against it for support. It noted this week that Oklahoma leads the nation in homes that use only cell phones for communicating. Are they the future and the rest of us are trying to catch up? Since more Europeans no longer maintain land line phones, does that mean Oklahoma is more Euro-centric than any other state?

I have some great meal ideas for the weekend. We'll see what gets shared.

See you on Monday.



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I never thought I would see Oklahoma and Eurocentric in the same sentence. We're thinking of giving up our landline...there are just so many choices.

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