Dial-up internet in the UK only has three more years to live, according to one future trends expert.
Matt Roper was called in by the Daily Mirror to lay out what he envisages will be the major technological breakthroughs over the coming years in Britain.
Mr Roper picked out 2012 as the year when dial-up will finally become extinct.
He said: "Dial-up internet Faster and cheaper broadband will spell the end of dialing up to go online."
A factor in the projection could have been BT's £1.5 billion plan to connect ten million homes with super-fast broadband by the same year.
By 2013, Mr Roper said that the way in which Brits consume film content also could have been revolutionised.
"Video shops' faster broadband will let us download films in a few seconds," he commented.
A new website called FilmOn has launched in the US, providing HD-quality movies for downloading and streaming.