The Wireless Future

A unified phone, fax, and browser? Not yet. But loads of improvements will make your life easier

Internet executive Bryan Thatcher can see it now: It's 2004, and he's waiting to board a plane in New York. Cupping his all-in-one personal digital assistant, he watches as a videoconference with his San Francisco clients begins. Discreetly, he opens a smaller window on the screen and reads a text translation of an urgent voice-mail his assistant has just left him. He's the ultimate road warrior with the ultimate communications weapons.

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