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May 31st, 2009

23rd Century Phones

The modern phone resembles it's 21st century ancestor physically but far exceeds it in raw power and capabilities. The modem phone has replaced the outmoded format of home phone, office phone and mobile phone with a single compact portable device capable of maintaining multiple numbers, serving as a network hub for a computer system, interfacing with standard desk configurations and doing duty ad the primary means of communication and entertainment. Most communications service providers allow phones to seamlessly link up with and switch between networks with no restrictions (some polities charge a minimal fee so check your infolinks before travelling). Phones come complete with a tiny computer (Complexity 5, 1 PB storage) with a weak dedicated AI secretary (Complexity 5) which handles answering services, conferencing and data mining and can produce a simulacrum if needed, lowlight capable video and still picture capture and holo-projection capability, smarthome integration, mail, text, audio recording, streaming media player, micro-blogging, mapping, library access, service locator, biomonitoring, calendering, video and audio conferencing services, newsfeeder, data terminal, data storage, clock, digital toolbox and diagnostic display, document and permit storage, light source, mirror, personal and business transactor, digital keyring, word processing, translator, game player, bookreader, magazine reader, movie player, digital radio receiver, walkie-talkie, Sparkr© display, dosimeter, pressure sensor, atmosphere sensor, weather tracking, voice control, secure data encryption, sonic screen, programmable chameleon surface and customizable interface, cable jack and wireless datalink, cosmetic filter, virtual tutor, memory augmentation, gecko adhesive backing, chipslot for adding functionality, and biometric locks and sensors. A typical phone has everything needed to create a phone network provided two or more phones are available with each phone providing a "cell" in the ad hoc network capable of providing coverage up to a twenty mile radius per phone added to the network. The typical 23rd century cellphone contains more power than a 21st century cellular network and data center combined. 23rd century street vendors, urban gangs, smugglers can create ad hoc communications networks in minutes using off the shelf hardware.