Just step back a moment and look at your mobile phone. You have a contacts list with almost no information behind each entry. And you can engage in slow motion conversations via SMS. Now look at your instant message client, like Skype. There you have a contacts list with a rich profile behind each one. You can see if the people are on line. Some times you can see what they're listening to or where they are. And you can engage in relatively high speed text only conversations.

So how could the phone improve and take on some of the characteristics of an IM program? I'd *really* like a Skype client on my phone, not for VoIP but for text and for the contacts list. This feels do-able to me mainly because the bandwidth requirements are pretty low. But of course it would cannibalise the *huge* business cash cow of SMS.

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