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Five Networking Pet Peeves

Here are some of the more frustrating, unsolved networking problems that can get your blood boiling, in the opinion of our expert.

Now that you can e-mail anyone, anytime, anywhere, run significant applications from within an ordinary Web browser, and run your life from your laptop, it's worth taking a step back to think about some of the more frustrating networking problems that remain unsolved. Here are the top five things that get me steamed:

Why can't American cell phones work as well as the rest of the world's?

For those of you who travel overseas, you probably already know this: The United States has the worst cell phone service on the planet. Can you hear me now?

Not only that, but we pay a lot more for our cell calls, and we've blown several opportunities to become more competitive, more standardized, and more in-line with the rest of the world.

Yes, at least some U.S.-based cellular networks make use of the same GSM standard as the Europeans. But our phones run on different frequencies, which means that you have to have dual (or tri-mode, or quad-mode) band radios in your phone.

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