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What Problem? ESN History All About MEID What's the big deal?  

May 24, 2005, 12:35 PM   by Eric Lin

An in-depth look at the potential ESN crisis facing the CDMA industry.

What if 1998 and 1999 came and went without a single news report on Y2K? Doubtless, there would have been mumblings on the web or at parties from the millions of programmers around the world, but imagine the millennium without media induced hysteria about computer systems grinding to a halt.

It's not that hard to imagine, because something not so different is happening right now. Engineers and programmers at handset manufacturers, base station equipment companies, backend service providers and carriers are all scrambling to fix a problem akin to Y2K before their clock strikes the proverbial midnight.

Like the Y2K bug, this problem is due to the poor planning of some short-sighted engineers and the efforts of those who came after them to provide backwards compatibility. Like Y2K, unless this problem is fixed systems will freeze and chaos, however minor, could ensue. But also like Y2K, it is likely that all systems will be upgraded before time runs out, and most people will look back and say "what was all the fuss about?" Only this time there's no fuss.



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Just another reason... beejmann May 25, 2005, 2:32 PM
CDMA Worldwide tropicalhaven Aug 6, 2005, 1:31 AM
SIM Cards...? macaddiict May 25, 2005, 4:00 AM
I'll try not to think about it muchdrama May 24, 2005, 1:30 PM
Kink in the proposed/planned system... GSM Jul 20, 2005, 11:47 AM
What About TDMA Carriers? JeffL May 25, 2005, 6:00 PM
Stop Worrying totalcaresucks May 27, 2005, 11:00 PM
Do they reuse the old esns rzande1 May 25, 2005, 5:24 PM
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