Untangling Taiwan's Phone Cord

Taiwan's big move toward freeing the telecom industry

Taipei computer salesman Lee Ming-chui desperately needs a mobile phone. Lee spends countless hours stuck in the city's notorious traffic jams and could use a way of reaching customers of his company, a local IBM dealer called Infotech International Corp. Lee signed up with Taiwan's telecommunications bureau to get a line nine months ago. He's still waiting. "It's a big problem," says Lee. "I need to keep in touch with my customers and my family."

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