October 31, 2003
Cellphone waste feared
If predictions hold true, millions of cell phones could wind up in landfills, leaking toxic metals and chemicals into the ground as soon as a new rule goes into affect, allowing users to change wireless companies without losing their phone numbers.
The new rule taking affect November 23 is expected to motivate as many as 30 million people to switch within the first year, reports Silicon Valley.com.
Though this would only be a temporary postponent and not solve the problem, maybe the new rule will not go into effect November 24. See yesterday's post Opposition to number portability pushed in the Senate.
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