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Workplace landlines set to become a thing of the past

Fri 31 Aug, 2012 // Firstnumber Team
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Workplace landlines will be a thing of the past in as little as five years time, new research suggests. In a survey of 500 senior IT executives, Virgin Media Business discovered sixty-five per cent of those interviewed believe smartphones will fully replace desk phones until 2017.

“The pace of change with technology is having a transformative effect on the way we work. A decade ago it would have been unthinkable to suggest an office without telephones. Now it’s hard to imagine being separated from our smartphones,” said Tony Grace, the chief operating officer of Virgin Media Business.

Runner up in the competition for the device most likely to be abandoned is the PC with 62 per cent of survey participants convinced it is on its way out. Laptops and their portability are winning over more and more office workers who, with the help of the device, can work on the go or from the comfort of their own homes.

Smartphones are least likely to disappear, according to the research, with only 13 per cent forecasting their demise. Tablets, however, may be a passing trend with 24 per cent expecting the smart piece of tech to fall out of fashion.

This comes as exciting news for the communications industry for whom the future will bear many a challenge and exciting technological advance.

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