Convergence

Victoria Shannon's worries regarding convergence misses a significant point.

Convergence has often been interpreted by mobile telecommunications device vendors as more and more functionality on the mobile devices. However, convergence has another, perhaps more important aspect, which has to do with the growth of "intelligence" in networks.

Mobile devices act more and more like "identity" monikers. As a user carries a mobile device he or she also carries a moniker of his or her "identity". For example, when the user is at a point of sale in a supermarket, he or she can engage in transactions that are only possible because this identity is known and has been connected through a network to an infrastructure of possibilities, which allow for convergence at the service level.

Imagine automatic mobile discounting even before a product is taken to the PoS. That's a great idea for a startup.

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