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Wireless Goes On Location

The first wireless location technology "for the masses," which AT&T Wireless unveiled last week, could also be used by trucking and delivery companies as an inexpensive monitoring alternative to GPS systems, says independent telecom analyst Jeff Kagan. The "Find Friends" wireless location service is an opt-in program that lets people use cell phones to track their friends' location. The service will provide an approximate location based on the intersection of streets closest to the cellular tower monitoring their phones. The service is available in 18 markets where AT&T Wireless has upgraded its network to GPRS cellular technology.

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