Smart Phones of the Future

A young Englishman talks about the possibility of phones replacing wallets and credit cards in the future.

Self Study


Listen to the dialogue in the episode again. Try to write down what they say and then check with the answers below.


What piece of technology do you think will become very important in the future?

It's a really interesting question, and it took me a bit of time to think of an answer, but honestly, if I have to make an estimation, I'd probably say that mobile phones will become more and more important.

I know now that you can start paying with your phone, you can pay for things in shops with your phone. And I can see that it's going to go that way, so that cash doesn't even exist anymore, even bank cards, we'll probably be done with, it'll all be done on your phone.

And probably more things will be integrated into our phones, so it'll get to a point where we cannot function without having these devices with us, because so much of our lives depend on the functionality of your mobile phone.

So I think that, yeah, mobile phones will become the most important piece of technology in the near future.

Self Study

Use a voice recorder to try to summarize what they said in the episode. You can use the questions and answers below to help.


  • What piece of technology does he think will become more important in the future?
  • What does he think will happen to cash and bank cards?
  • What else does he think will happen?


He thinks mobile phones (cell phones) will increasingly become more important in our lives.

He thinks they'll be replaced by payment technologies on your phone.

He thinks more and more things will be integrated into our phones, so that we will depend so much on our phones.