This Christmas, BT have clogged the airwaves with their commercial for their fantastic new service which translates your text message into a voicemail. You text “see you later” and a robotic voice says “see you later” to the recipient. Now, am I missing something here? Since virtually everyone has an answer machine on their phone, wouldn’t it be easier to just say “see you later” for the recipient to hear your message spoken by you? We seem to losing sight of what phones are for. I understand the next breakthrough is a system where you dial someone, and when they pick up, you will be able to talk to them, just like a real conversation. Marvellous…

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