December 21, 2004

U.S. lags behind much of developed world in wireless

An estimated 57 percent of the U.S. population chats on wireless phones. By comparison, in Hong Kong there are 105.75 mobile subscribers for every 100 inhabitants. In Taiwan, there are 110.

Why the discrepency? The reasons range from credit checks to network quality to coverage areas.

Wireless networks elsewhere are simply better than those in the United States which has big holes in rural coverage, said Albert Lin, an analyst at American Technology Research."

"Another reason for lower cell phone use in the United States is how service is sold. The largest carriers sell phones by subscription, requiring a credit check and a commitment of at least one year."

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