Letter: Futuristic phones

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Sir: You say surfing the Internet "places extra demands" and "makes older machines redundant even more quickly" ("Computer firms scorn Internet- for-all scheme", 29 October). Except for a few specialist applications, this is a myth, peddled by computer suppliers to boost their profits. The computer this e-mail was written on is nearly seven years old, yet I can surf the Internet using the latest Netscape browser software. The main factor slowing down my surfing is the speed of my modem, rather than that of the computer.