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A Revolution In Cellular Service is Coming

A Revolution In Cellular Service is Coming

Frustration with cell phone services, or lack thereof, may be coming to an end in the near future if internet companies enter the market.

November 12, 2007 —

A change is coming in the cellular phone industry.  According to a November 12 New York Times article, internet providers may soon be entering the wireless market, where they are expected to take advantage of a more open network.  Encouraged by Apple’s iPhone, which has led consumers to expect more from handheld devices, Google and others may soon tap into consumer discontent at the services, or lack thereof, provided by cell phone companies.

While the ‘revolution’ has not quite begun, consumers should be aware of the possibilities on the horizon.  Many people have been angry at their cell phone companies for years and switching from Sprint to Verizon to AT&T and then back to Sprint have done little to reduce the agitation.  Locked in contracts, consumers believe they receive limited services and when additional charges for texting are included in monthly bills, they intensify complaints against cell companies.  Consumers have been desperate for change within the industry and now may have options.

Federal regulators are moving toward creating a more open wireless network, which may attract Google and other internet companies.  Tensions between cell phone and internet companies will only build over the next couple of years.  The New York Times article indicated that the question of whether giants such as Google and Apple will change things seems to be a matter of when, not if. Some analysts believe the wireless industry will follow the internet into open territory.  Whereas companies such as AOL partially controlled access to the internet years ago, it now offers free service in an open environment. 

The message is clear for both consumers and corporations: the era of closed cellular access is nearing an end.  This is something consumers should be aware of, and look forward to.

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