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"Toward a Common Wireless Market"

"Toward a Common Wireless Market"

Op-Ed, Issues in Science and Technology

Winter 2012

Authors: Tolu Odumosu, Associate, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Research Professor of Technology and Public Policy, Science, Technology, and Pubic Policy Program

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Cyber Security Project; Science, Technology, and Public Policy


"Imagine a world where you can buy a mobile phone, and if you have problems with service—say, poor reception at home—you can move to a different service provider that offers better reception simply by making a call and asking for service to be transferred. No need to change your phone; no need to figure out if your new service provider supports your current device; no need to get your old provider's permission to leave. Nor would there be a cost linked to user choice. Currently, users who want to move from one service provider to another cannot do so without paying a substantial penalty, and they also have to absorb the sunken cost represented by their current cell phone and bear the cost of purchasing a new one...."

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Odumosu, Tolu and Venkatesh Narayanamurti. "Toward a Common Wireless Market." Issues in Science and Technology, Winter 2012.

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