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Young Entrepreneur Challenges the Way Americans Think About Their Cellphones

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This story appears in the September 2012 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Can you hear him now? GSM Nation's Ahmed Khattak.
Can you hear him now? GSM Nation's Ahmed Khattak.
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In the fall of 2004, when 18-year-old Pakistani squash champion Ahmed Khattak arrived at Yale to play for the university and take advantage of a full academic scholarship, his first priority was to buy a cell phone to call his family back home. But he couldn't. With no Social Security number and no established credit, he wasn't able to get a cell phone service contract.

"I couldn't believe it," he says. "I'd just arrived in the most technologically advanced country in the world, and no one would sell me a phone."

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