Why Tom Hazlett thinks our cell phones are great
In a previous post, I told of how Thomas Hazlett of George Mason University defended the U.S. wireless telephony system as globally competitive. Several of those in earshot were incredulous at this assertion, given how spotty cell-phone service is here compared with in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, etc. But time ran out on the discussion and Hazlett never had time to explain himself.
I tracked him down last night, and here are his three reasons why we should be happy with our RAZRs:
1) U.S. wireless rates are among the lowest in the world.
2) U.S. wireless usage (minutes, not the percentage of the population with phones) is among the highest in the world.
3) U.S. technologies (mainly Qualcomm's CDMA) are driving the global wireless business.
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