Clay Shirky: 3G Doomed

Mar 29 2003 - 12:37 AM ET | 3G, Miscellaneous

Clay Shirky is well known around the Internet for his tech essays. His latest is on why 3G (the mobile phone technology that's supposed to rule the world about a year) will fail. While we can't agree with everything said, we acknowledge that 3G has some serious work to do in a very short time. It's interesting times ahead!

"The 3G model is based on two permanetish assumptions -- one, that users have an unlimited demand for data while traveling, and two, that once they get used to using data on their phone, they will use it everywhere. Both assumptions are wrong."

To find the essay, look for the title "3G: Going, Going, Gone" (there is no anchor for a permanent URL).