Open Networks Could Spark a Gadget Boom

As wireless providers increasingly let outside devices run on their networks, a slew of new Web-enabled electronics could hit the market

Andrew York ordered his Kindle after getting stuck waiting at the Washington Dulles International Airport over Thanksgiving weekend with no books to read. The physics graduate student didn't want to buy another paperback that would collect dust at his already cramped apartment in College Park, Md. And paying for a Wi-Fi connection on top of the cost to download an electronic book to his laptop seemed like a waste of money.

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