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Regulation around mobile phones after the

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Unformatted text preview: ity and Washington. Four years later Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first cellular call from a prototype handheld cell phone. Regulation around mobile phones After the inauguration of mobile phone service in the US, a regulatory environment that allowed multiple mobile -calling standards stifled mobile communication development and expansion in the US for several years. Indeed, the growth of the GSM standard in Europe and the rise of DoCoMo in Japan meant that the dramatic developments in the cell phone industry were taking place abroad. In the US, small license areas for mobile phone companies meant that users were constantly roaming outside their core area. A user in Denver would have to pay roaming charges if he or she made or received a call in Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs or Vail. To the degree that texting was available, users could only text to users in their home network. In the late 1980 ’s industry consolidation eliminated the small local areas and by the turn of the millennium, interoperability between operators became standard, and the cost of calling plans and the price of handsets fell. Rather than being a yuppie accessory, the cell phone beca...
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