11 Feb '11, 2am

Could smartphones go stupid?

Could smartphones go stupid?

PARIS: Smartphones are rapidly becoming ubiquitous, but they risk becoming a victim of their own success, so clogging networks they are unable to do many of the smart applications that fuelled their sales. Analysts warn that the mobile industry soon faces growing pains, with congestion choking service at peak times and locations, and operators forced to hike prices and capping or slowing data use. In either case, many popular services that have driven smartphone sales could suffer. Mobile industry leaders recognise this threat and it will be one of the key questions they address this coming week at their annual gathering. More than 50,000 people from over 1,300 companies are set to attend the four-day Mobile World Congress opening Monday in Barcelona, including executives from dozens of top firms. Sales of smartphones have rocketed over the past few years - nearly 470 mill...

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