The AT&T Broadband Phone
is the phone for the 21st century. With a touch screen and
stylus, it presents a friendlier user interface than existing phones, as
well as providing access to a range of multimedia services made possible
by new broadband networks.
While talking, users can draw explanatory
diagrams and maps for each other, share photographs, or browse the same
location on the web. Custom services can be provided, such as internal
company news, or details of local amenities. Unlike other similar devices,
however, the Broadband Phone does not run any of these applications
itself. It is simply an input/output device for applications running on
servers elsewhere on the network, making the new phone system simple,
cheap, reliable and yet completely flexible.