Cellular Phone Pact Reached

The Associated Press

The New York Times

January 25, 1989

A cellular phone industry group announced yesterday that a disagreement over transmission standards had been settled, helping to clear the way for the next generation of cheaper, more secure mobile phones.

The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association said its directors on Monday unanimously endorsed a decision reached last week by the Telecommunications Industry Association.

The agreement covers the method by which phone calls will be sent over the air in the form of digital signals.

The first cellular phones that use digital transmission are expected to be introduced in the United States around 1991.

Cellular phones, typically used in cars, are actually radio receivers and transmitters.

Calls are sent to central offices, where they plug into the regular phone network.

Copyright 1989