Cell Phone Fever

I didn't hear you call. I was, um, checking something...

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

January 19, 2006

1 Min Read
Cell Phone Fever

1:00 AM -- I didn't hear you call. I was, um, checking something...

A new Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) survey asked 676 American wireless phone users what they most wanted to be incorporated into their phones.

Twenty-seven percent of those asked said they wanted a printer/scanner/fax capability. This could make sense when you think of the phone being a logical extension of the office. But I can hardly see my cell coughing up little taxi-cab-receipt-sized pages when someone faxes me.

More weird, though, is the fact that a full 17 percent of those asked wanted Sprint to consider putting thermometers in their phones. Who are all these people that need their temperatures taken while on the run? Shouldn't they just stay home?

The survey also says that 53 percent of camera phone owners take photos with their phone. That's an odd stat to include. All these people have camera-capable phones, and damn near half of them aren't doing anything with them. I'm kind of relieved to hear that.

Finally, nearly a third of those surveyed play games on their phones. And nearly a third of those folks said they play games "in the bathroom." Is that a bad sign for newspaper publishers?

— Phil Harvey, Sir Vey's Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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