Smartphones are 'an appendage'

11 June 2009 — 10:00 AM

The success of smartphones means they are now becoming an extension of the human anatomy, it has been suggested.

A number of users of such devices have been talking to the New York Times about how they can no longer do without the necessity - indicating the latest phones are must-haves.

One consumer said her Apple iPhone helped with her job search after being made redundant.

Helene Rude said she got the device specifically to help with looking for employment because it allows her to respond to vacancies first and email back responses without having to carry around a laptop - putting her ahead of her rivals.

Another user said it is like "an appendage" and he uses it to read newspapers and magazines online. When he cannot sleep, he says he reaches for his iPhone, he added.

Meanwhile, David Christopher, chief marketing officer at AT&T's wireless division, claimed: "Smartphones are seen as essential to be productive in a mobile society."

Vodafone's latest network-exclusive smartphone, the HTC Magic was made available earlier this year - extending its current range.

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