Tomorrow's Telephones

"People have to forget the notion of dial, ring, talk and m listen," says Randall Tobias, president of AT&T Consumer Products. The phone that is within easy reach of most consumers is about to undergo a dramatic transformation. It will no longer be just an instrument to call Uncle Fred in Fredonia. The phone of the future will be more mobile, do a host of different tasks and be part of a complex, far-reaching information network. Says Hans Mattes, director of AT&T's Home Communications Laboratory: "The telephone will be the cornerstone of a...

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