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3G to-Be?

Wireless providers look to 2.5G as the next best thing. But is it enough?

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

With their bid for 3G (or third generation) bandwidth forestalled, American wireless companies are aggressively upgrading their second generation networks so you can get some "3G-like" benefits without the wide wireless bands that Japan and Europe enjoy.

Known as 2.5G, upgrades include faster Internet access, GPS location services, more reliable connections, greater call capacity, advanced text messaging and always-on e-mail.

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