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No Strings Attached

We could spout the numbers all day, but you already know wireless is rising untethered.

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This story appears in the January 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Like it or not, sometimes we all have to get out of bed and leave our houses. And once we've finally made it outside, we want to be able to stay connected; for about 39 percent of us, the cell phone has proved to be the best way to do that.

What does this have to do with the latest trends in franchising? Plenty. Inspired by the success RadioShack has had selling cell phones, services and accessories, several franchises have sprung up to join the wireless revolution. Unlike conventional independent or corporate cell phone stores, these franchises work with a variety of service providers, giving their customers more options.

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