To call a smart-phone a phone is really a misnomer. We need to think of them as computers with internet connections that we carry around in our pockets.
Why is this an important distinction? From a legal perspective, that changes the perspective tremendously. Consider Connie Crosby's Slaw post "Digital Wallets on Their Way" , and the comment on the post musing about privacy and the warrant-less search of cellphones that is being debated in various jurisdictions.
The privacy aspects of a phone that just makes phone calls without retaining any information, and the consideration of whether law enforcement . . . [more]