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Designing Systems for Internet Commerce, Second Edition by Lawrence C. Stewart, G. Winfield Treese

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Chapter 20. Mobile and Wireless Systems

 

No matter where you go, there you are.

 
 --Buckaroo Banzai[1]

Overview of Mobile and Wireless Technologies

As we write this book in 2002, one of the noisiest parts of the technology landscape is mobile and wireless technologies. We are bombarded with hype and with devices that claim to revolutionize the way people communicate. Such a revolution shows few signs of taking hold, however. Most mobile phone users in the United States, for example, simply use their phones for voice calls, not data services. Text-messaging systems are quite popular in many other countries of the world, but more advanced services are used only rarely. The pace of technological change in this sector has also been slowed by economic ...

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