Twilight of Telephony at TechCrunch Disrupt

I don’t recall seeing a single wired phone at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference.

At trade shows, they’ve been exiled from the booths for awhile now with the cell phone explosion.

More surprising for me was that I didn’t even spot one at an administrative or reception area.

And while we’re on the subject of wireless, TC Disrupt’s WiFi network also put an end to messy Cat 5 cabling snaking around and up the booth tables.

True, there were a few wired data hubs at the press section in the TechCrunch auditorium so that reporters wouldn’t have to compete for precious  data spectrum. Thank you, TC staff!

On the way out Wednesday after the final presentations, I did finally locate a legacy telephone punch down block—a ’66’-style perhaps?—that was hanging onto a support post for dear life.

So somewhere in the Pier 94 hangar, TechCrunch Disrupt’s digs, there are a few wired PBX phones to be found at the other end of these blocks.

They’re not going away anytime soon.

But in, say, 5 years, I’ll bet we won’t see any end-user device wiring at all at these events.

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