Cellular Phones: The Static Is Getting Louder

At its annual meeting in San Diego starting on Jan. 16, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Assn. (CTIA) offered its members "two chances to walk on the wild side." One was a jaunt to nearby Tijuana, the other a trip to the San Diego Wild Animal Park. But the CTIA decided not to schedule an event that might have been far wilder: a fresh debate over what standards the industry should adopt when it replaces today's analog systems with higher-capacity digital setups.

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