The Word 'Wireless' is Still Being Used and Misused

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  • Author: Gary Breed
Sometime back in the late 1980s, the word “wire-less” emerged as the most common way to describe the rapidly growing commercial market for cellular telephones and other radio-based commu-nications devices. Although this single word had become the common buzzword, it was often misused and misunderstood then—and it still is today. Actually, the first group to use use the “new” wire-less buzzword were the PCS providers. They wanted to differentiate themselves from the 900 MHz “cellular” technology they were competing with and chose a new word. I had some conversations at that time where the wireless telephony crowd actually got upset that any other area of RF technology would also use their chosen terminology.
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