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VIEWPOINT: BUSINESS CARDS SNAFU SIGNALS 3G DEBATE

This week the wireless industry at last understood the pace of summer. Only 10 or so breaking news events designed to change the face of the industry as we see it today happened.

With that in mind, I finally managed to organize the pile of business cards I have received during the last two years. (Yes, it has taken me two years to complete this project. This week I caught up, although some people no longer have the job that my business cards say they have. If you recently have left me a business card, please be kind enough not to get promoted, fired or laid off for the next week. Thank you in advance.)

This project was not without its difficulties. European business cards do not fit in my handy little organizer unless a little of the card is shaved away, which was kind of a pain in the neck for me, the customer.

Should I have looked for an organizer that would fit both U.S.-size business cards and foreign cards? Shouldn’t the organizer manufacturer know that in this worldwide market, many of its U.S. customers would exchange cards with people who use the metric system?

Reminds me of the 3G debate taking place.

Here’s what we have been told so far:

Qualcomm is arrogant. (We have been told this many times.)

Ericsson is arrogant. (We have been told this many times.)

Motorola is arrogant. (This has nothing to do with the 3G wars, but nevertheless, we have been told this many times, although not recently.)

W-CDMA proponents “do not want to change their strategy for one vendor.”

W-cdmaOne proponents “do not want to change their strategy for one vendor.”

W-CDMA proponents want the issue resolved fairly and equitably.

W-cdmaOne proponents want the issue resolved fairly and equitably.

W-CDMA proponents only want to be able to give their customers what they want.

W-cdmaOne proponents only want to be able to give their customers what they want.

The other side is spreading lies.

Simple, isn’t it?

In the meantime, I hope the business-card binder companies are resolving their own standards war.

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