MSNBC has an AP story:
Forget voice calls. They’re oh so retro. That cell phone in your pocket is well on its way to becoming a remote control for your life.
“Smart” handsets are already being used by busy executives to retrieve important documents from office computers halfway across the globe. They’re handling e-mail, programming set-top boxes and keeping an eye on the home surveillance system.
Tourists lost in some foreign capitals can now, with a GPS-equipped cell phone, get their bearings using on-screen maps. Commuters crossing town can tap into the same tools to avoid traffic jams and reroute in mid-journey. Millions of Japanese already use their handsets as digital wallets.
“The phone is rapidly becoming a window to the world,” said Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group research firm. “In many ways it’s becoming a replacement for the PC.”