At&T: Vaulting The Walls With Wireless

It may use cellular to invade the Bells' local-phone turf

For hundreds of thousands of people in developing countries and former communist states, a wireless phone is a basic necessity. In those nations, where wired phone systems are inadequate or nonexistent, wireless technology has proved to be a quick and inexpensive way to bring phones to the masses. Now, it looks like the U.S., where cellular phones remain a pricey adjunct to one of the world's best wired phone systems, could catch up with Colombia and Russia.

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