So is this the death knell of the phone as we all know it?

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According to a recent survey, the number of phone calls from both landlines and mobile phones has fallen for the first time.

Text messages are becoming the most popular way for us to communicate with one another.

The text message is certainly cheaper, quicker and much more convenient than actually speaking to someone.

So is this the death knell for the phone as we all know it?

My seven-year-old daughter told me her favourite phone is a Blackberry. More worryingl, one that has jewels on it.

I’m just hoping that, by the time she is old enough to have her own phone, they are no longer around and someone has found a way for us to all communicate telepathically instead.