TECH WATCH: Jan. 27, 1997

HAVE CELL PHONE, WILL NET-SURF

Coming up with an idea way ahead of its time is no small feat, but thinking of one just ahead of its time can often be the bigger challenge (just ask John "Newton" Sculley and Steve "NeXT Computer" Jobs). Back in 1994, when Alain Rossmann launched Unwired Planet to develop software for sending Internet news and information to cellular phones, he could only hope the industry would follow his lead sooner rather than later.

Now, with FCC deregulation bringing as many as six new players to each wireless market and the industry upgrading from analog to...

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