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ONE WORLD, ONE CELL-PHONE STANDARD

As an international traveler, I feel little sympathy for Qualcomm Inc., Motorola Inc., and the other U.S. manufacturers of cell phones (''Cell phones: Europe made the right call,'' Science & Technology, Sept. 7). I have long envied the European move to the global system for mobile communications (GSM) standard. Every time I travel to Europe or Asia, I lament the fact that I cannot take my cell phone. Yes, technically better solutions were born from the competition fostered by the Federal Communications Commission, but true value to me is being able to use my phone anywhere. Have we forgotten Beta vs. VHS so soon? If third-generation code division multiple access (CDMA) is the wave of the future, then let's get on with it. The big money is made through volume, not bickering and turf wars.

John J. MacDonald
San Ramon, Calif.


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