The primary reason that 90% of the world does not access the internet is cost.
The Message Phone will support web uses such as:
subscribe to news,
social interaction with both individuals and groups,
download music or audio books, and
download podcasts for entertainment, news, or learning.
The Message Phone will also allow the posting of comments, opinions, advertisements.
The Message Phone posts will typically be verbal, but could also be transcribed to text, though such transcription will eliminate a lot of texture and emotional content.
The Message Phone is a narrowband service which cannot provide high bandwidth features such as video, images, and interactive games.
The Message Phone user will rarely interact directly with the internet, but will instead ask questions with an operator or voice recognition software.
The information from the web would be translated, if needed, then spoken by a person or by text-to-voice software before being sent to the user.
The Message Phone will have a feature essential for non-real time
interaction: ability to answer a series of questions – such as:
What so you want to learn about? How quickly do you want a reply? How much are you willing to pay? Etc.
The user merely taps to pause, continue, replay, answer, etc.
The Message Phone will also have audio features essential for digesting large amounts of audio information:
Speed Control and Audio Skimming. These were mature features by the year 2000.
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