Consumers Deserve Better
Walt Mossberg has a great article in the Wall Street Journal about the stranglehold that wireless telecom companies have on the mobile phone business–limiting choice and stifling competition.
A shortsighted and often just plain stupid federal government has allowed itself to be bullied and fooled by a handful of big wireless phone operators for decades now. And the result has been a mobile phone system that is the direct opposite of the PC model. It severely limits consumer choice, stifles innovation, crushes entrepreneurship, and has made the U.S. the laughingstock of the mobile-technology world, just as the cellphone is morphing into a powerful hand-held computer. –Walter Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal
Mossberg also makes the great correlation between cell phones/wireless service and PCs/Internet Service. Competition would bring better products to the market at better prices for the consumer.