Comparing US and European cell phone service

Having family in Europe who use cell phones (like everyone else, I have always been impressed at how advanced Europe was compared to the US in terms of cell phone features and usage.

They had sims chips first which allowed swaping of cell phones without having to reprogram all your contacts.

They had very low cost SMS to the point where people don’t call each other, they SMS. That point was driven home to me when I was last in Europe. I was arranging to have someone meet me at a train station, and the whole thing (which station at what time) was arranged over SMS.

These points and more are illustrated at length in David Pogue’s blog in the NT Times, when he spoke at a cellphone industry conference in Europe.

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