Chapter 2. Mobile Communications - State of the Technology

It was always amazing to watch the adventures of the Star Trek team and see Captain Kirk stranded on a planet or on another spaceship and yet able to speak directly with his compatriots via his “communicator.” Not once did he use a keypad to dial Scotty, Spock, or Bone's phone number, but he rather simply spoke directly into the small device and was instantly connected to them. How did the device know to whom to connect—digital ESP? What was the range of this wireless wonder? Whatever it was, it represents a high benchmark for the ultimate in mobile communication: wireless interplanetary communications—true unbounded mobile communications!

We all acknowledge this as pure fiction, but ...

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