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Raise your hand if you want to see U.S. cellular networks switch to the modular PC/Internet model


One of the few times that I regularly read the print version of a newspaper these days is during the periods at the beginning and end of an airline flight when you have to turn off all electronic devices. Today I was reading The Wall Street Journal during my flight to New York and I was thrilled to find a terrific article from Walt Mossberg called "Free My Phone" (below), which decried the U.S. cellular carriers as a major barrier to mobile technology innovation.

If you've read things that I've written such as Sanity check: Can WiMAX remain an open platform or will it be hijacked by big telecoms? then you know how I feel about the link between open standards and innovation.

Do you agree that U.S. cellular carriers and the current cellular platform in the U.S. are major obstacles to innovation in mobile computing? Join the discussion.

For more on this topic, take a look at this six-minute video clip from WSJ.com in which Walt further explains his arguments:

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Jason Hiner is the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He is an award-winning journalist who writes about the people, products, and ideas that are revolutionizing the ways we live and work in the 21st century.

4 comments
btljooz
btljooz

A phone IS a [b][u]PHONE[/u]!!![/b] If you want a computer, that's what laptops are for!!!

JohnMcGrew
JohnMcGrew

The masses of drones who put out $600 for iPhones proves that you don't need to subsidize phones. I'll always be willing to pay more up front for a better deal on the back end.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Read the original post: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=560 Are U.S. cellular carriers driving innovation or slowing it down? What do you think it would take to transform the U.S. cellular industry into an open platform?

Genera-nation
Genera-nation

but with the advances in Wi-FI / Wi-Max I really hope that we can just get rid of the mobile operators. They have burned users time & time again yet still get away with it.