Why you will never take away my desktop phone

I just don’t get it.

By now you must have heard the news, right? It has been circulating around the internet for some time and has proliferated with the advancement of the smartphone, that one day soon, your trusted desktop phone will disappear. Vanish. Go "bye-bye."

Even the analysts think so. In February of this year, Gartner announced, "Enterprise Mobile Phones Will Replace Desktop Phones in North America by 2011."

Replace my desk phone with my mobile phone? As my daughter would say, "I mean, seriously?"

Well, I’m here to tell you, I just don’t see it happening.

And I can give you a number of reasons why I just don’t think this is EVER going to happen:

  1. My desktop phone doesn’t get lost, left at home, stolen or accidentally dropped in the toilet.
  2. My desktop phone doesn’t give me a crick in the neck like my mobile does whenever I try to use both hands and cradle it with my shoulder.
  3. I never get asked, "Dad, can I play brick-breaker on your phone?" or "Dad, can I take a picture?" when I’m using my desktop phone.
  4. My desktop phone doesn’t need charged every night and I never have to say, "Hey, do you have a charger I can borrow?"
  5. I never drop a call with my desktop phone.
  6. I don’t have to enter a password into my desktop phone to answer or make a call.
  7. Others can use my desktop phone without knowing my password.
  8. I don’t have to wipe off the oily residue or makeup off my deskphone.
  9. I never have to hear, "You sound like you are talking in a tunnel" when I use my desktop phone.
  10. I know how to mute, hold, transfer or conference a call with my desktop phone and can do it without taking the phone away from my ear.
  11. I can let someone borrow my desktop phone without worrying about them getting into any of my personal information.
  12. My IT staff doesn’t have to figure out how to support hundreds of combinations of makes, models and firmware versions of my desktop phone.
  13. My finance department doesn’t have to deal with dozens of carriers, statements, roll-over minutes and expense reports when I use my desktop phone.

Sure, my desktop phone doesn’t travel with me, provide me with wake-up alarms, music, videos, contacts, or a whole host of other apps – but it was never meant to. It was designed to be a reliable form of communication, day in and day out. And that’s what I love most about it.

What about you? Would you really want to use your Blackberry, iPhone, Storm, or other smartphone as your only phone while in the office?