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Can you hear me now? Why your cell phone sucks

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Few things in modern life irritate us as much as our cell phones. Calls drop, but contracts stick around forever. Monthly fees get ever higher, even as reception seems to get poorer. Tomorrow , the New America Foundation and Slate Magazine are hosting a panel discussion to figure out how to address our less-than-steller cell situation. But first, we talk with Wired Magazine’s Nicholas Thompson, about the sorry state of American mobile technology and what can be done about it.

The panel discussion, "Can You Hear Me Now? Why Your Cell Phone Is So Terrible," will take place at the New America Foundation, 1899 L St. NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C., at 10 a.m. ET on April 2. Slate and New America will stream the event live online.


Nicholas Thompson, Senior Editor, Wired Magazine and Senior Fellow, New America Foundation.