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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) bandwidthforestalled, American wireless companies are aggressively upgradingtheir second generation networks so you can get some"3G-like" benefits without the wide wireless bands thatJapan and Europe enjoy.

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

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