Within the next five to 10 years, no one will be using a phone number to make a call. An internet profile or even email address will replace having to remember a bunch of numbers.
“Phone numbers are already disappearing, and will be completely irrelevant within a few years,” Torben Rune, a telecom analyst at consulting firm Netplan told Søndagsavisen. “In the near future, people will get calls via their net profile or email address.”
One less phone to answer
Rune said that smartphones have become so powerful and data networks so well developed that an Internet connection will soon be as stable as any telecommunications network.
“It is technologically possible to completely eliminate phones now,” said Nicholas Frederiksen, telecom expert at Mobilkunden.dk.. “The only reason that the transition has not happened is that the industry must agree on some standards for encryption of personal data.”