2/10/2012 2:18 PM EST
There was a time just a few short years ago when the smartphone was considered a niche product and the convergence between voice, data and video merely wishful thinking. Industry watchers had seen it all – from the telecom world’s ISDN enterprise to the networking guys’ ATM pipe dream to cable mogul John Malone’s 500-channel multimedia universe. Pundits predicted that the smartphone concept would die faster than interactive TV.
Then came the iPhone. Now, the smartphone represents the latest golden age of consumer electronics and convergence at its best.
So what turned the dream of convergence into reality with smartphones? The answer lay partly in the history of the iPhone.
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