How the Americans got cell phones right

Stephen Baker

I never thought I'd be writing this. When I covered technology in Europe at the turn of the century, it went without saying that the U.S. was backward in cell phones. One reason: Americans paid dearly not just to place calls, but also to receive them. This encouraged people to leave cell phones off and rely on beepers, long after beepers were obsolete elsewhere. This held back the uptake of wireless in the U.S.

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