There was a time when high costs ensured that cell phones were only used by people out of the range of a fixed-line phone. These days, however, with wireless calls averaging just a few cents a minute,
mobile conversations occur nearly as often from the comfort of the home as from the road. For many, the only tethers to the wired world are the twin fears of dropped calls and running out of minutes.
Now, mobile-phone manufacturers are looking to add another feature that could prompt customers to ditch their land lines. A new generation of handsets will allow people to make ultra-low-cost calls
using their cellular handsets over wireless broadband networks.
Read the whole story at Wired, May 27, 2005 »