A Wireless Generation Gap

With emerging 4G technologies promising to be cheaper and more efficient than 3G, companies that skip a generation could win big

Call it the great wireless waffle. A year ago, everyone from telecom-equipment vendors to mobile-phone operators was salivating at the prospect of third-generation (3G) wireless networks. These advanced systems, they claimed, would lay the foundation for sending data from one cell phone to another and drive a whole new array of applications, from mobile commerce to streaming video.

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