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What Is The Future Of CyberCafes?



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What Is The Future Of CyberCafes?

The Need For Browsing In CyberCafes

With the coming of computers due to online business has made people set up cyber cafes so that they may cater for the many freelancers who want to earn from writing. Entrepreneurs have decided to set up cyber cafes at strategic points in order to bridge the gap of lack of owning a computer.

 Google's Definition of A Cybercafe
Definition - What does Cybercafe mean?A cybercafe is a type of business where computers are provided for accessing the internet, playing games, chatting with friends or doing other computer-related tasks. In most cases, access to the computer and internet is charged based on time. There are many internet cafes located worldwide, and in some countries they are considered the primary form of internet access for people.A cybercafe is also known as an internet café.
Smartphones Taking Over The Services Of a Cybercafe

Phones are now equipped with enough memory to cater the services of a computer. They can type and post content just like computers. It therefore seems that people will no longer need the services of cybercafes. Browsing is now a smartphone away from you.

Do You Think Cybercafes Will Thrive On Or Die A Natural Death?

My line of thought is in dilemma whether the cybercafe will thrive on or die a natural death. Will you help me to decide? 

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Youngshark

I think that cybercafes are headed to a slow but evwntual death. I mean if a person like me does not remember the last time I visited a cyber and neither do my friends or their friend's friends.



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stbrians

To some extent I expect them to die a natural death but there are some factors which define some difference.

Not all own internet enabled smartphones. Some who iwn them may nit have enough memory. Though computers are cheap but they break down.



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rlpzbeermoney

I do understand why you brought up the point. I own a personal computer so I have no use to go to a cybercafe. Most of the things I used to do on a computer, I now do on a smartphone. I remember there was a trend where cybercafes were both a cafe and a computer zone but now all I see are cafes. Cafes where people use there smartphones and only a select few with there laptops. I do think cybercafes will die in the more progressive countries. But for countries like the Philippines, these cybercafes are a low cost point of access for the poor to have internet.



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Steve5

That's interesting. I'm sure you're right about that. Developing countries seem to have a high demand for cheap access to internet. Maybe it's why most people still earn money through this type of business.



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mark8625

Yeah I agree with you on that. In third world country, subscribing own wifi is too expensive that is why most people patronizing the cybercafe.



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Steve5

Maybe it's a good thing. Both parties are benefiting from the exchange. The user gets to use stable wifi for a low price and the owner earns profit. It seems nice.



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superlicca

I agree with you. Availing your own internet service can be expensive unless there are other household members who are also willing to give a share to pay the bill. If not, renting a computer at the cybercafe is your option. It is cheap and you will be able to control yourself from using an internet.



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mark8625

That is right. Owning internet connection is expensive nowadays. Needs someone to share the payment or just buy a data and use your mobile phone.



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stbrians

I made this observation because I used to frequent those cybercafes but not anymore
It is only time that will tell.



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Steve5

It sounds like we're talking about living things. Hahaha!

Yes, you're right. It could be why they haven't entirely gone away. They still have some people who use cyber cafe.



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Youngshark

The point is as innovation keeps on there will be better phones and gadgets that people can access the internet with. There will obviously be people who cannot afford the better gadgets but when the market is flooded with numerous types of smartphones the prices will drop. Whatever is considered expensive at the moment will be sold at peanut-prices meaning that those who do not have internet enabled phones can upgrade to the cheap smartphones.



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Steve5

I agree. It's coming to the point of nearly no one using it. Maybe it has to do with people getting their own internet connection at home.



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Youngshark

This is another point which needs to bw noted. Like each home at the moment has strong internet and residents do not feel the need to go looking outside.



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jeffreyjose48

I believe the people who loves Cybercafes will continue to patronize this. People who are used to doing it will still be there. Its just a matter of choice. If its already a tradition or norm of people to go there then there will be no problem with it.

if you place it near the school or offices, I believe many will still flock to go to that place. As I look around and try to enter a Cybercafe, I could see that it is full of people. So we cannot say that this business is dying. I believe if you lower down the price of internet per hour there will still be customers.



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Youngshark

Near offices and schools such a business will prosper until the time when the school has strong wifi connections and students have their own personal computers. There is nothing impossible in the future but one sure thing is that businesses like cyber cafes unless they offer a new unique service will die out.



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Steve5

That's right. I've also found it helpful to place them near areas where people normally go. It's similar to how convenience stores are placed in rural areas. You want to have people who will gather around your business. It's crucial that there's little competition. That would mean them going to your cyber cafe all the time.



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stbrians

The case of cybercafes is really debatable. You come up with such a utility being near offices and schools. It is a good idea. Patrons of cybercafes will still patron them



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Youngshark

What I am trying to say is that as time passes people will feel less burdened to visit cyber cafes. This is especially true for minor errands like surfing the internet. I mean for a little amount nowadays one can buy their own home mifi and even carry it around as they move.



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blackmist

I agree. Most household now a days have their own computer and own internet connection that's why most people don't go to computer cafe anymore . Unlike the old days where Computer shops are always full. Maybe one day computer cafe will eventually close.



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mark8625

Very true in that is the influence of internet to the people. Every households now are enjoying the power of wifi and the amusement of social media. People are getting crazy watching youtubes and making a lot of things in their facebooks,instagram and twitter account. Internet is a casual part of the household nowadays.



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blackmist

I'am planning to start my own internet cafe the past years but observing the fast growth of technology today, owning an inter cafe would be risky. The budget in setting up a computer cafe is not a joke. Buying computer set will only will cost you a lot, so I think it's now a good investment now a days.



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mark8625

That was my business planned before but it came to my mind that it is too risky especially nowadays where many households subscribe for their own internet access so it means that this is not a good business at all. Good thing for you because you conducted a great observations about this business.



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Steve5

Have you thought about wifi rental? It seems to be the new more cost effective version of cyber cafes.

Since everyone nowadays has their own gadgets, you only need to give them the password to your wifi. They'll pay you per hour of use just like internet cafe.

You can just cut off their connection once their time's up.



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mark8625

I tried that when I was living in United Arab Emirates. They would get your phone or laptop and put them the password details and you need to pay them monthly also. It is possible if they are near in your accommodations where you can able to access their signals. This is like wifi sharing .



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Steve5

You're right. It's the reason why many entrepreneurs focus on other stuff. They know that the business of cyber cafes isn't what it used to be.

People now only go there for the sake of gaming. It's much better to have wifi rental since you won't have to worry about buying your own computer equipment.



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Steve5

What's funny is the fact that marketing for it has doubled over the years. Back then we only see a select few commercials for home wifi. But now even mobile users have it all the time.

It's become so common that people will wonder why you don't have internet if they go to your house. It's no longer seen as luxury but more of a necessity.



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Steve5

That's the thing with technology. Everything changes as time moves forward. Some will prosper and others will become obsolete. But it will probably take a while before that happens. It seems many users are still patronizing the service of cyber cafe.



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mark8625

That is correct. Many still patronizing cybercafe. In my country these cybercafe are open 24 hours and most of their customers are gamers and students. They spending time too much just to play games.



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superlicca

You are right. Here in the Philippines, Cybercafes always have a lot of customers especially if there is a lot of schools around your cafe. Filipinos love to play games with their friends and even students go to the cafe to get their documents printed. I believe that the Cybercafe business will not easily fade as long as you choose the right place to build this kind of business.



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stbrians

Prudent cybercafe owners are upgrading them for gaming and other services. Some also sell airtime and computers. Others have made them into music stores and many other innovations



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jeffreyjose48

There is future for everything. Not only cyber café has a future. Everyone and everything has a future. Its now the question of qualiy of the future.



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deewinc

I began to use cybercafes at a tender age of 11. At that time, mobile phones did not exist and cybercafes provided an opportunity for people to have access to the internet at a high cost. I'm talking about the year 1999 and being in a third world country, having cybercafes close to where I lived was a bliss.

Nearly two decades later, cybercafes have lost relevance. First, the digital divide in my country Kenya has dwindled immensely. Nearly 60 percent of the country has access to 4G internet. The rest is covered with 3G internet. Second, devices are now cheaper. The government made an initiative to drop taxes on computer devices and peripheries a few years ago. As such, the cost of owning a computer dropped greatly.

Third, secondhand computers are cheap. With $250 you can get a computer that is in great condition. Fourth, the cost of internet access has dropped due to intense competition in the market. For instance, 1GB of data cost $15 two years ago. Presently, the same 1GB of data costs $2.50.

Fifth, smartphones have evolved and with competition intensifying, everyone can now own a smartphone from as low as $75. As such, internet cafes have lost importance. I have even lost count on the number of cyber cafes that I have seen emerge and disappear in under two years. It's no longer a worthy investment.



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stbrians

Well said.I believe you as am a Kenyan too. There are times smartphones fall and break the screens. If you are a blogger you may be forced to seek the services of a cybercafe. They are dying the wsy call boxes and payphones died.



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mark8625

Rather use laptop or desktop in blogging. Comfortable to use and with wide screen unlike mobile phone.



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Kakashi2020

I think Cyber Cafes would stay relevant for the next 15-20 years before it gets obsolete and die a natural death. There's still a lot of people who use cybercafes because a lot of people still doesn't own computers. Although one can access anything over a smartphone it still not as efficient as using a PC in a cyber cafe.



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amelia88

I definitely think PC's/laptops are much easier to work from than a phone - even though I do occasionally use Google Docs on my smartphone. Most people here where I live though will just bring a laptop to a coffee shop that has wifi, and work from there. An added bonus is you can get your caffeine fix while you work - so it's a comfy place to chill for a while too!



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stbrians

Mmmm. It is true thst laptops come in handy.



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mark8625

I think you are right. Laptop is better than mobile phones in terms of working. The space is wider as well as the screen of laptops.



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Youngshark

Laptops are definitely better. I mean the things that you can accomplish with a laptop more efficiently than with the use of a mobile phone are more. The keyboard is also larger allowing you to type with both hands. Among other things, this enhances speed and efficiency.



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Youngshark

Yeeah that is actually a thing nowadays. Carry your work to a coffee shop and continue doing what you did not finish over branch or as you wait for a friend to join you.



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stbrians

You have a point there. I tend to believe that in my country, using cybercafes might be more expensive.



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mark8625

I think it does. I used to live and stay in Luanda Angola. Cybercafe there was too expensive. Not only that even the foods and the lifestyle there was very expensive.



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WinnersPBN

We used to visit a lot of internet cafes (cyber cafes) back in 2010 and 2011 when we needed another IP. We didn't know that such a thing as VPN existed back then, lol. One friendly cyber cafe owner used to tell us how the business was almost dead until Facebook came in. They used to be full all the time, especially on the weekends.

One of us went to the same cyber cafe when our printer wasn't working in the late 2013, it was a Sunday. There was no customer there. The owner told us that the business is next to none just since Whatsapp was launched.

Cyber Cafes might be replaced with something more advanced in the next decade or after a few years. Who knows? It is all unpredictable in my personal opinion.



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stbrians

The world of technology is advancing fast. Call phones and call boxes disappeared but other forms came. Maybe other sophisticated gadgets and cybercafes will come in.



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anchoreztin

If they dont want their business to die, they might as well think of ways to innovate and go with the advancements of technology. They must think of something or additional service so people will look at them as a commodity and not just a place to hang out.
If they will not be able to keep up with the ever changing needs of consumers, there will be a time that it will inevitably face closure.



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stbrians

There is a cybercafe near my home which has started selling refurbished computers and accessories in relation to cyber services. They also have many other services to add on that. He is still flourishing and has a long way to go.



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anchoreztin

That is good. One cybercafe within our community now offers free assistance to people who do not have any idea on how to register for government transactions, online schedule appointment for various ID application and registration for ID and businesses. It is becomming a hit because there are still people who do not know how to do this.



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stbrians

Or they may disappear like call phones. They went and now are NP longer. Cubercafes might take the same route. I will not miss them then.



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vinaya

About 10 years ago cybercafes were very popular in the country. However, when the internet became cheaper and mobile devices became popular, people stopped going to cybercafe to access internet. These days even the tourists come with their own phone and laptop and they access the internet through wifi. Cybercafe business have gone obsolete.



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amelia88

It's the same here. WiFi is everywhere, from coffee shops to car dealerships and everywhere in between. I can't remember the last time I actually saw an internet cafe, but I think with the rise of WiFi accessibility around the globe they're going to continue decreasing at a pretty rapid rate.



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vinaya

There was a time when people could not afford internet at home, therefore they used to visit cybercafe. later when smartphone became popular and the telecommunication companies began providing mobile internet, internet was within the reach of almost all people. These days offering free wifi is one of the good ways to promote hotels, restaurants, cafes etc. people do not have to go to cyber cafe in order to access internet.



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anchoreztin

Even if there are hotels, restaurants and establishments that offers free wifi, cybercafe is still way cheaper and the wifi connection is way more stable than those offered by free wifi places. It will face its slow death but I am sure that it will take a lot more time.



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vinaya

It depends. If you are using a free wifi in a public space, it might be slow, however, if the wifi is in the private space, it still has better speed. Let me explain, you are waiting in airport and you are using free wifi, now this network is being used by many people at the same time, therefore, it might be terribly slow. However, you are in a coffee shop and you are using wifi offered by the shop, this might have a good strength.



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stbrians

You are right my friend, vinaya . Yet they still remain vital in our lives. They keep on changing their services. Now they include betting



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Chinet23

Same thing here in our country. The rise of WIFI accessibility and cheaper internet connection rates are the reasons why they decreased. Those cybercafes mushroomed the streets and malls before but now there's only a few remaining and mostly used for gaming.



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Zelmontero

I agree because of the rapid growth of technology we can now access cheaper internet. Continuous upgrade of the mobile phones is really one of the factor why cyber cafe had a decrease of sales. Right now, I only visit cyber cafe when I want to see a different scenery or if I just want to leave the house.



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Chinet23

That's the exact reason, I agree, access to a cheaper internet especially in our country. People have to go to cyber cafes before to communicate. It could also be because of more options and more advanced methods of communications which are handy on our phones.



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stbrians

Same with me here. I rarely visit cybercafes. Afterall my phone does all the tricks I want. It is only when I want to print that I do it in a cybercafe



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stbrians

Things are really changing fast. In the near future there will come something new. Mark my words and watch this page



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anchoreztin

About 20 years ago, people who goes to the internet cafe is not yet a thing. People who goes there usually need it for thesis or research purpose only. An hour would cost about 1 dollar per unit use without internet and print could cost about 50 cents. People are obliged to pay addition fee if they wish to connect with the internet. Only those who can afford goes there. Now, internet is facing its slow death in our country.
The dawn of cheaper computer set came. The time of prepaid internet service was born. Then there came mobile phones and smart phones. It created a big impact against internet cafes.
When internet cafe owners felt the need to survive the competition between home internet and cheaper laptop and computer units, they tried to compete with these by having additional services.
They allowed online games and government online application assistance. They also lowered their price for computer rentals. Internet use and unit use is charged as one. They also include photocopy, scan, and fax in their services.
But as the technology progresses the fight for internet cafe's survival is becoming weak. Like the radio, tube tv and film camera, internet cafe is a dying business that is just slowly waiting its end.



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stbrians

Cybercafes are really expensive.

You are charged per minute and one hurries to work within the financial limits. With wifis it is easier to work and cheaper too.



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anchoreztin

Yes you are right in some ways. Cybercafe is still here to stay but not for too long. In my opinion, there are still people who are using PAY PER MINUTE cyber cafe because they can't afford paying for monthly bills postpaid wifi. Also people who use PAY PER MINUTE service are the ones who are just there to finish smaller task. Indeed wifi is cheaper but it comes in a hefty amount to acquire unlike paying for cybercafe.



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stbrians

I believe despite al the odds against cybercafes they are here to stay.



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esteban123

Yes I agree that cyber cafes are very expensive because you are being charge on a higher price which is really unfair at some point. Thanks to the wifi because it is more cheaper and convenient as well especially if you would be using an internet connection for a long time. You can really save your time and money in it that is why I find it as alternative to internet cafes.



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Chinet23

Their popularity had definitely diminished but I don't see them shutting down completely. They may still be relevant for several years more. The online gamers and students are the ones who make use of this service herein our country. Maybe for those who really want to experience gaming at its best as they don't have the equipment yet at home and those who need to type for school projects and assignments. But for the working adults, because of the rise of smartphones, they are most likely out of this market.



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aeon

I agree with that, students and gamers need this internet shop. I think cyber cafe will remain around the school. Students always find ways to play games and do their project near the school.



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Zelmontero

Cyber cafe are really popular in the students. The students spend their free time in playing games in the cyber cafe. Now, I think their is law that prohibits high school student in playing games in school hours.



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superlicca

I think cybercafes are still good in the next five years. But will gradually lose its value after these years. As the year goes by, the popularity of smartphones becomes more intense. And these mobile phones are powerful that can also perform the functions that a computer has. I am not saying that cybercafes will totally vanish in the future. I believe that there are still people who love the convenience that a cafe brings to them. But having a cybercafe business will not give you a high profit in the long run.



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Barida

This is just the reality as we have come to notice that the world is changing at a rate where the cybercafe is not that necessary as it is in the past. However, I have notice that there are times such as when examination registration is needed that the people go to cybercafe to do it and such is one you can't easily do with your phone.



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aeon

Yeah, maybe they will stay around the school and university. Students need them and aside from that, the gaming software keeps developing and as a gamer and student, they will always find ways to play as a group and skipped classes just to play in the internet cafe.



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stbrians

They have started other services like online games, betting and online applications of government services like pins and others. That is why they thrive on.



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amelia88

Where I live they don't even exist anymore that I'm aware of - because WiFi is just so prevalent. Most businesses in my local area offer free WiFi so it's just much easier to do that rather than have cyber cafes that also need computers and other technology to operate.



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Steve5

You're right. It's like a big sign that cyber cafes are over. Free WiFi in most areas just shows that it's not as big as it used to be. Pretty much anyone with decent income can afford home internet. So they only offer WiFi as an added bonus instead of a paid service.



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overcast

Internet becomes cheaper the more cybercafe are going to collapse. And the thing with those cybercafe is that most likely they are going to remain as a printing house. In such case you can see that there does not seem to be much money on the cybercafe market and the printing isn't the viable much business for long term either. I can tell you that it can be still done in some villages and the places where you can do this business. And it may work around in that case.



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stbrians

I agree with them remaining printer houses. I have bought my printer and will no longer need them.



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Zelmontero

I think in a few years it will now face its death. People nowadays spend their day surfing on the internet on their own phone. It is more practical and accessible. You do not need to left your house to access the internet. And, cyber cafe are really expensive compare to buying your own internet connection.



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Barida

If we are talking about having access to the internet, it is something that you can easily do with your mobile device but another thing is that the cybercafe will offer you a bigger service which you can not easily do by making use of your phone. I have noticed that as well and this is one reason I am not clearly convinced that cybercafe will die in the nearer future.



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stbrians

Another important factor is that you do everything in the comfort of your house. You do not need to get out to access the internet. You can do it as you attend to household chores.

Smartphone internet is also flexible and you can do it almost anywhere. The time you waste in bus stops can be profitably used on the net doing valuable things. No need for the Cybercafe.



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aeon

Well, cybercafe or a simple internet shop still popular in our country, I live in the third world country where still having a problem with our internet provider and not all families here have their own computer. Many students and other gamers still need this shop. And now the cybercafe or internet shop in our country upgraded it in Insert coin cafe, or you need to insert 1 php coin and it will automatically on for 3 mins, kids can play computer now by doing that.



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stbrians

It has remained a place where children play games. I think there are other services that they do too. They do printing services which is vital too. Not many own printers



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Barida

The day that smart phones will be used to do some things like the printing of documents as well as using them to do some high profile works is the moment that they cybercafes will be out of here. However, it is clear that there are areas where they are always needed which means that you can't just phase it all like that as well.



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stbrians

It is not that they are being phased out but are sliding into oblivion. It is only fortunate that they are printing houses and offer other services that phones do not offer. When a solution for this services will be found then they are headed for sudden death



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Kakashi2020

Cybercafe's are still being used by a lot of people, those who need the power of a pc away from home. A good example is that there's plenty of people using cybercafe's located inside malls. Some of these users would use it to talk to their love ones via Skype and other apps and programs.



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stbrians

Soon this service may be replaced by another on the smartphone. Then people in the mall will start needing lesser time in a cyber cafe. At long last the cybercafes will be turned into something else



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ajahcuizon

In our country, going to a cybercafe is still a thing. Especially for those people who doesn't have an internet conncetion at home. I don't usually go to a cybercafe but my brothers usually do. They usuallu play online games and surf the web for their homeworks. It is great when you suddenly needed an internet and you don't have a cellular data you can just find a cybercafe and use the internet. It can provide an access to the internet for people who doesn't have enough budget to buy a personal computer.



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aeon

Another thing is it's hard to rely on data connection specially with greedy internet provider in our country. It's hard to find a stable connection and the price is still not cheaper. Internet cafe still needed in some area.



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amelia88

I've definitely found that for people who are into gaming, that cyber cafes still tend to be utilized quite a bit. I guess that might be a big part of them still being successful into the future, if they can capitalize on that.



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stbrians

Soon and very soon you will realize they are diminishing slowly. I think cybercafes have no life really. They are ebbing like a bad storm.



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stbrians

Cybercafe come in handy for various services but may end up dying completely.

Gaming, printing, betting,, government services like application are still done in cybercafes. Yet with smartphones becoming smarter then they may soon find themselves out.



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jeffreyjose48

Most likely Cybercafes will just die a natural death. its because of smartphones that can be used easily. You can be at the comfort of your home or office while using it. Whereas with cybercafes you really have to go there if you left your smartphone at home or anywhere.



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stbrians

This travelling can be time consuming. I realized you can turn mobile data into wifi and use it as a family in the home. It is most convenient unless you have your own wifi or a free one.



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Alymae

Just like everyone here, I also think that cybercafes will die a natural death maybe 10-15 years from now. The advancement of technology can't be stopped and the access to internet are growing each day. Almost everyone who has smartphones use there phones to access the internet and you can but a laptop at a cheap price.



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Steve5

It's not a far thing to happen. Imagine how internet access used to be in the previous decade. A lot has changed in that span of time. So I'm sure that the same can be said of the current progress a decade from now.



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stbrians

I think these are reasons enough why cyber cafes will die out. Being left out as a place only for printing and where children play games is a good indicator of their future



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rlpzbeermoney

It depends on the culture also. Here in the Philippines, cybercafes are a big thing. Even the poor can have access to decent internet speeds. Most of the youth sadly are wasting there time playing games in cybercafes. League of Legends and Dota are games that are still popular here with the high end cybercafes sometimes hosting tournaments monthly. They even offer xerox and printing services which are sometimes convenient as there are cybercafes everywhere. No, I don't think it's going to die out anytime soon in the Philippines.



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aeon

That's right. Some people still can't afford to have a personal computer, and the price of internet connection still not affordable in our country. There are so many students still rely on internet shop for printing and do their homework.



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rlpzbeermoney

Yeah and the price is very compelling. $2.20 for an hour makes you not want to buy a personal computer. That's why a computer cafe is still a very feasible business in the Philippines. Though the price of computer parts are also coming down. You could build a computer for around $280 which can play and do what the computers in the cafe can do.



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aeon

Some second hands computer is not really bad, but still that cheap amount of computer can't afford by minimum wage earner in our country, because it's not about just the computer, it's also included the electricity and the internet connection.



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Steve5

That's another true statement from the Philippines. This could be why others are investing on opening their own businesses here. So much of the culture enjoys internet and games. It continues to fuel the youth's desire for competitive gaming like DOTA.



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stbrians

rlpzbeermoney I believe the youth who use cybercafes may be betting and playing games. In a way that keeps them busy. Somebody should teach them to earn online.



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superlicca

I agree with you. I also live here in the Philippines and a lot of cyber cafes are still earning. You just have to find the right place to build your cafe. Aside from the affordable price of renting a computer, students are comfortable playing inside the cafe, they also need some printing service etc. Maybe for other countries, cyber cafe are dying but not here in the Philippines.



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jeffreyjose48

I agree with you also. I live also here in the Philippines and there are still the presence of cybercafes. You really have to put up your cybercafes on populated areas so you can have customers.



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esteban123

I think cyber cafes would continue to exist since not all are given the chance to own a personal computer. Although we already have some smartphones out there but this is kind of limited since you cannot do multitask unlike in a computer that you can open any site at the time doing some task which is really not available to a smartphone. Cyber cafes would still be popular especially for those remote areas where people have no purchasing power to buy a new laptop.



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Steve5

That's a good point. I've also imagined how people in far away places use internet. And it seems that businesses are focusing on areas with limited access to the outside world.

So having cyber cafes in those areas makes sense.



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stbrians

I did not recognize the important job done by cybercafes till this post. It made me realize some services like printing, powerpoint presentation, designing various cards, gaming, and many others



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blackmist

Customer's from an internet cafe are limited today unlike the old days where it is always full until it's time to close. Mostly household today have their own computer and own internet connection so there is no need to go to cafes. Maybe their will come a day that internet cafes will close.



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Steve5

It's not impossible. But the question is how long before it happens. Maybe for developed countries it will happen in less than 5 years. But lots of Asian countries seem to have numerous users of cyber cafes. So it might take a long time for them.



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stbrians

It is just matter of time. We cannot tell the exact time but it will happen. Just the way landline telephones, Post offices and radios are disappearing. They are being replaced by technolology



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jetselle

I think Cyber cafes will stay on its peak. Here in the Philippines the student or a gamer who have a low budget will tend to go to Cyber cafes just to do his or her home work. And as for my experience I have a computer set which I always use in my business and gaming sometimes I prefer to go on Cyber cafes with my friend because its more fun to play together than alone. I dont think Cyber cafes will die sooner or late maybe in some countries but here in the Philippines it will not happening.



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Steve5

Me too. I've heard lots of stories about the youth in the Philippines being active gamers. It's like part of the culture for adolescents to have that group gaming. Many seem to enjoy the game Defense of The Ancients. That fact alone will keep cyber cafes alive indefinitely. Hahaha!



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stbrians

Steve5

The other thing I like with Philippine youths is that they are creative. They know how to make money too. I have bumped into them on many sites.



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stbrians

Am confused whether to agree with you or not. In some aspects it is as if cybercafes are dying out. In another aspect it seems as if cybercafes are doing some jobs that we do not find in our homes. You talk of fun with friends as one of them. jetselle



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Steve5

Maybe it's a little bit of both. Some are simply staying alive while others are going out of business. Location is really important. Because if you have a good number of customers and you're the only cybercafe in your area, you'll have a better chance at keeping your business operational.



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centurion

Hello
Have a wonderful day.

Its nice- Cyber Cafe romance or Cyber Cafe uses long term ago. Lastly I have used cyber cafe minimum 10-12 years ago.For the last year I use smart phone minimum every time. Most of the time I use Laptop for using internet. Now a day Pad, Android and Laptop - continuously using and my house building is Wi fi station also. By my think Cyber cafe will not stay in this world. Every body will use internet minimum by android or by ios device.

Thanks
Centurion



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stbrians

Thank you centurion . I love your answer to this question. What will we do with printing and downloading of givernment services? Buying cimouters and printers for home use can be expensive and non economical.



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mark8625

I have tried to use cybercafe internet and I would say that I dont like it. Wifi there is too slow because many people were using at the same time. I recommend to get your own wifi.



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anchoreztin

Yes, me too. I am not really fond of going to cybercafe because it is like using a public service. The noise coming from immature gamers, the unsanitary headset, keyboard and more, and many others. It is just sad that others can't really afford to have their own wifi because it comes at a hefty price.



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mark8625

Yeah I agree with you on that. My country has lots of cybercafe. Many people used to stay there purchased an internet connection. I have no idea why they enjoying it. They should have at least subscribe into internet service because they are paying almost the same.



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Steve5

It could be that they find their gaming experience better. Maybe they don't have their own desktop computer at home. It seems to be the case for most gamers. Especially, those who play team matches.



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mark8625

Yeah I think that so. Many people cant buy their own laptop or desktop at home. It make sense that they could spend time paying in the cybercafe. They also wanted to be on the loop in social media.



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Steve5

This is why they're still functional as a business. If everyone could afford home wifi, then no one will go there. I've also felt a bit uncomfortable with the sanitation.

But some places frequently clean their computers and desk area. Though, not everyone is lucky to find hygienic cyber cafes. Hahaha!



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mark8625

Yeah that is correct. Some cybercafe has a poor sanitation practices. They dont consider the cleanliness of their business. They cared only the profit that they get from the customer. Many cybercafe here in the my country usually open 24 hours. Customers always come late at night for playing games. I think they should also think the safety of each individuals in their area because during late night,crimes are possible.



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Steve5

Actually, the ones that are open 24 hours is probably sanitary. I've visited one in the past. And it was really nice. The area was well-lit and air conditioned. So I had a nice experience. I also noticed that the computers and keyboards were free of dirt and smudge.

I guess places like that are also keen on keeping their place clean. They wouldn't want to discourage customers due to unsanitary computers.



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Steve5

I'm okay with it. I don't hate it. But you're right. Most of us just prefer to get our own wifi connection. The place you've gone to probably doesn't have stable or fast enough internet connection.



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stbrians

I went to another cybercafe Steve5 , and regretted the action. The internet was very slow. Whatever I could do could not easen the burden. I walked out without cash but with no service.



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mark8625

That was too bad but I think it was not only happened to you. I f you experienced that,others may do also. The reason why cybercafe have slow internet connection is because the volume of user versus the wifi capacity. Normally cybercafe offers weak internet connection and if you are customer you would not enjoy the service for sure.



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Steve5

That's not very nice. The reason they remain active is because they invest in high speed connections. So those that don't offer reliable speed will surely experience negative customer feedback.



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mark8625

Exactly,may cybercafe is like that here in my country. They keep on doing business but they have no standard when it comes to their wifi connections.



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stbrians

If you get your own computer you need a printer too. Your computer needs to also be able to make powerpoint presentations. Yet some people need socialisation and go to cybercafe. mark8625



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stbrians

Such things are actually making cybercafes to be replaced. Few services are still demanded at cyber but soon technology will replace them. We will soon start attaching printers on smartphones.



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ballyhara

Speaking from a South American country, I can tell you there are still some Cyber Cafes here. However, they have remained more like a place where teens gather to make game matches, or where a group of guys go to make bets on virtual casinos, but not where a group of friends go to connect online. They have evolved into something else, to survive the arise of smartphones and mobile devices, that have taken the Cyber Cafes relevance.



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stbrians

In my country too, most of them are now betting dens and meeting places for youth.



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Steve5

You have a point. I've seen some people going there just to play games. It's not really for general internet use anymore. I guess they go there because they're able to play games better using the cafe's services.



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ballyhara

Apparently yes. Cyber cafe tend to have a better Internet service/provider, so obviously it is a faster connection, that allows you to play games or use heavy platforms, in a very smooth way. Also, that's perfect for betting websites. Here, people make some kind of groups or clubs, and they gather in cyber cafes to bet between them, and that involves good money for the cafe too.



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Steve5

It's a win-win situation. The business owner gets to profit from the frequent customers. And the ones using their service are often satisfied. That's a great relationship. Hahaha!

Also, the games people play are often group battles. They prefer to be in the same room so that they can talk to each other without having to type stuff. Makes it easier for them to share tactics.



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ballyhara

Exactly. And that's the way my cousins started their gaming platform. They used to be on those clubs, gathering at cyber cafes, and there's where they catched most of their current followers and subscribers. Nowadays, they have blogs and videos about gaming, specially FIFA, they're literally hard cracks about it hahaha.



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mitan143

I think cybercafes won't get die in any ways unless the owner let it happen like not upgrading anything in their cafe. Almost all now are upgrading and improving even the way people live, so in order to not your cybercafe die in no time then you should think of any ways to attract more customers. But even though there are smartphones now a days that people can use instead of going to internet shops, there are some situations that people need to go to cybercafe for specific purposes. Sometimes it also involves printing a document or an infographics, photocopying, scanning, etc. Therefore, I don't think having a a portable computer like smartphones now a days take over the need of people in going to cybercafes.



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stbrians

Yet they will diminish in value as it was before. It is good we come to the conclusion that cybercafe have some services that cannot be found in smartphones



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mitan143

That's true. But what I see in most cybercafes now a days is they are very in demand in gaming and eSports industry is very popular and it is actually one of the rising field in today's generation. Some professional eSports athlete who are popularly known as gamers are actually earning money on gaming and a lot of popular egames now a days requires a desktop platform with high specs so therefore many are still preferred to go to cybercafe especially those people who are aspiring gamers. Let us just set aside the other purpose of cybercafe because that is actually why smartphones are invented for the convenience of people's need.



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stbrians

It is a fact really. They still print and make piwerpoint presentations



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Gilgamesh

I definitely disagree with you because the 'convergence' of the mobile technology enable us to do a lot of task in our mobile phones insteqd of usinh computers. On the other hand, mobile phones even in the future have a smaller limitations unlike computers and also computers can do a lot more better than using a mobile phone. For example, making a Powerpoint Presentation in mobile phone instead of computer can be done but by using computer we can really polish the presentation because of the more options and editing that is available in computer.



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stbrians

I agree. I never knew some smartphones do make powerpoint presentations. It is a welcome idea. So cybercafe cannot completely be erased.



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esteban123

I think that cyber cafes would exist on location that is far from the modern age of technology wherein people can't buy a personal computer for their own. I really believe that cyber cafes are needed to improve the lives of the people. It would stay for a long period of time.



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stbrians

You are wrong there. They thrive well in urban setting. In remote areas the people are often concerned with their land and farm animals. They rarely engage themselves with cybercafes.



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kinja90

I guess the type of Cybercafes that will survive are gaming computer shops which have high end specs. As what I observe, computer shops that have low end units just for online jobs, doing assignments of office task are not that strong or popular anymore since you can purchase your personal computer or laptop and that can save in the long run instead of going to Cybercafes. I'm a gamer and I see a lot of people are fund of playing video games with computers that contains high end specs to meet or exceed the System Requirements of the games that they're playing. They usually prefer this type of Cybercafes as it's more faster and it has a different feel and comfort playing their preferred games. In conclusion, I would say Cybercafes will still survive but it should have high end specs to meet the peoples needs since you can just purchase a personal laptop or computer to do online jobs and you can save money in the long run.



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stbrians

The gaming people need such cybercafes so that they can duscuss business with their friends. Birds of the same feather flock together.

So what you want to indicate here us that they vhange tact so that they stay in business? It is good. If you cannot beat them you join them.



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jayjaydimson

The future of cybercafe is I think you can have your own card to access the cyber cafe and you can also load that card online so you may have access on each computer inside a cyber cafe.



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stbrians

A very good idea. We top up our cards like the way we do our phones. If I had a cybercafe I would begin this. Wuite novel.



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esteban123

I think cyber cafes would be on the market as long as people will patronize it, it has been a part already of the life of the people from school activities, to office works and so on. It has many uses not just for research purposes but as well as for leisure activities.



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stbrians

The way I see it is that cybercafes have many points which are pro and cons. Their survival depends in this.



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Steve5

One of the pros is stable internet connection. Sometimes people who use mobile data find it troublesome to have conversations. Most pocket wifi aren't as reliable for video calls and the likes. So people prefer to have them in cyber cafes for their consistent internet.



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Steve5

Yes, it's up to the users. At the end of the day, people will make or break cyber cafes. Because if they'll remain active in using their services, they won't go out of business so easily. Rural areas seem to benefit the most from this.



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fishbate

I think Cyber Cafe's are still relevant up to this day but of course it's a striving business. One thing is for sure user's will decline if there's no innovation or upgrade in the part of the business. I have seen some improvements like gaming (casino based cafe's) and other local betting games using computers. But in terms of browsing and internet use the market is a bit dim nowadays.

The age of computer browsing using Cyber Cafe's is coming to a fade in my opinion, but it's not the end if there is significant improvements in the future.



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stbrians

My opinion is that they will evolve with the passing of time. As people buy sophisticated smartphones, laptops and wi-fi, cybercafes are adapting to new tricks to survive.

Recently I saw ine changed into a betting hall. All the walls have been fitted with Tvs showing various games and computers are occupied with football wagers.



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Steve5

That's interesting. So they've somehow became a hybrid between internet and casino. I wonder how that will fair in the future. But it seems that they're doing well with that. Football betting does look promising. Lots of sports fans find it enjoyable.



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Steve5

Maybe there will be. I've also noticed their prominence when it games to gaming. I guess gamers find them better because of their upgraded equipment. Not to mention the incredibly faster speed. So they definitely have a future if they focus on gaming.



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NerdIndeed

Cyber Cafes may or may not exist in the future. Now, why did I say that? I believe that the cost of accessing the internet will significantly decrease (might cost $15 - $15 per month in 2030), and it will be more mobile (more accessible, upgraded wi-fi infrastructures) meaning there is no need to use wired desktops anymore. There are a few here who have already closed shop and were unable to survive since customers can now easily access their social media accounts straight from their mobile devices. Renting out PCs might fade in time.



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stbrians

I thought so. What of printing services that cybercafes offer? The governments also make some services come via cybercafes. I think they undergo a metamorphosis as life goes on



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NerdIndeed

That's a valid point, and most customers of cybercafe's printing services are students, but I also foresee that more on more institutions will also practice a paperless system. I see them being adopted and implemented now in schools where assignments, homework, and reports are submitted directly to teachers via email.



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stbrians

Certainly that happens to be the truth. Cybercafes are very vital to students, lecturers and tutors.



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Steve5

This is true. I've seen businesses that were once so active. Like you wouldn't think they'd suddenly stop operations. But I was surprised when they did. When I asked why the place had closed down, the customers said that they weren't as active there anymore. They already had their own internet at home.



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NerdIndeed

Correct. The only surviving ones I know are cybercafes located at poor income places where people do not have the means to pay for their own internet service at home.



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jayjaydimson

The future of it I guess, is you can reload your card using a load, or loading it using your debit, credit card and also paypal. I think that would be the future of cyber Cafe.



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stbrians

In other words you are sating that they have a bright future. You mean they will be so sophisticated than they are now? How I wish this is true? I pinched mysely to be sure I was not dreaming.



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Steve5

In a way, it's already happening right now. It would only take a few changes for it to be done that way. It's like how you use re-loadable cards in arcades. Only this one is used for cyber cafes.



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NerdIndeed

I beg to disagree. In my country, new players in the telecom industry are coming to the market. So prices of internet subscriptions will potentially fall due to competition, in turn making the usual cyber cafe guy to afford his/her internet connection on his/her own.



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cmoneyspinner

What an intriguing topic you've chosen. Didn't know the future of cyber cafes was in question. But when I Googled for information on this topic it seems that if you are into gaming or sports, your Internet Cafe might have a future. Also, it depends on what part of the world you're in. I'm just speculating but I think the country location is the key. Those cafes may have a great future in certain countries. I don't think smartphones will be the alternative. But what do I know? What Is The Future Of CyberCafes?



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stbrians

I know the future will bring a smartphone equipped with a printer. It is true that location matters when it comes to the use of cybercafes. Their revolution to gaming and other services is giving them life.



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Steve5

This reminds me of a machine that prints paper. It's like a calculator with paper inside that can print receipts. It might not be so far off if we think about it. Seems like printers will also be that accessible in the future



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LewisR

Cyber cafes will be there till smartphones and other handheld devices will be established enough. At this moment, most are using these devices, but some people still rely on cafes.



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stbrians

So, in other words you say they are here to stay? Which is the last time you were in a cybercafe? Should be a very long time. There were times I went to cybercafes on daily basis.



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Steve5

That's true. Most people are wandering around outside all the time. So they need a place where they can connect as soon as possible. This is where cyber cafes find their target users.



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