InfoStory Quote: Smart Phones, 1899

“Telegraphy without wires – how attractive it sounds… A little instrument that one can almost carry in the pocket, certainly in a microscopic grip, and if your corespondent be likewise equipped, you may arrest his attention and talk to him almost any time or place, with no intervening medium but the…ether… Possible? Certainly. But will it pay? For this is the final criterion with which this utilitarian age tests all such propositions, and for the present under ordinary circumstances, the answer must be NO.” —Electrical World, June 10, 1899. [Quoted in Susan J. Douglas, Inventing American Broadcasting 1899-1922]

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