"Wi-Fi" gives cell carriers static This article highlights how so called "edge" networks, Wi-Fi (802.11b wireless ethernet) access points at coffee shops, airports, hotels and other public locations, are taking a bite out of cell carriers plans to offer Internet access on cell phones... Quote from the article: At first glance, software executive John Baron would seem to be a cellphone company's dream. He subscribes to the slow Internet browsing option on his cellphone, painfully pecking away on the dial pad to type in Web addresses. Lately, though, he has found a better way: When on the road, he uses Wi-Fi, the technology that gives him wireless access to the Internet on his laptop computer, at blazing speeds. "It's brilliant," he says. "The phone stuff is pretty clunky."