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There's no question have made staying in touchwith colleagues, friends and family a breeze--until you try takingthem on a to another city or country. Simply stated,different areas of the world operate cellular phone networks ondifferent standards. There's an annoying array of acronymsrepresenting each of the names: Time Division Multiple Access(TDMA) and Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM), to namea couple. Of course, users don't care what alphabet-souptechnology the companies are throwing at them--they justwant to talk.

Now, the International Telecommunications Union has a solution:It's unifying all the world's wireless telephony standardsto create one global standard, which should be adopted over thenext year. Once the standard is set, you'll be able to roam theglobe without ever switching phones.

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