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Chapter 5. The Wireless Web > Internet Access for Your Phone

Internet Access for Your Phone

The latest and greatest mobile phones now come with built-in Web browsers, and all the wireless companies are pushing plans that include some level of access to the Web. Connecting to the Web via cellular phone is no longer a bleeding-edge technology, and Cahners In-Stat Group estimates that 25 million Americans will be using Web-enabled phones by the end of 2003.

How the Wireless Web Works

Internet access via wireless phone works exactly the same as wireless voice communication. As you can see in Figure 5.1, microwave signals are sent to and from large cell towers, which are spaced for maximum coverage across the country. In the case of the wireless Web, these signals have to be digital, which means you can only get Web access on digital wireless networks—which do not, as yet, have coverage across the entire United States.


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