So what have we learned? Europe can be fantastic with cellphone roaming on the GSM standard but painful to deal with the many electrical plug/outlet standards whereas North America has an array of incompatible cellphone technologies but a uniform electrical plug/outlet standard. Also, in the UK the drivers sit on the right-hand side of the car but doesn't the rest of Europe have the drivers sitting on the left-hand side as they do in N. America? Polonius, admit your secret -- you've got thousands invested in Qualcomm stock? LOL. Ok that's it I'm embracing GSM!!! Oh God Save Mme!!! Seriously though, a lot of people are making good points here. We're seeing various perspectives out there from the globe trotters who favor GSM from the USA-only crowd that favor the provider that can provide the best coverage locally and nationally. You're right -- it would be a dream design to have the entire world on a single standard. Standards are good but there is one interesting example where the TCP/IP protocol has allowed the Internet to proliferate worldwide at such an incredible rate. The interesting thing is that the TCP/IP protocol became the defacto standard, requiring no Gov't to mandate a standard. One interesting thing to consider is this: What if the US gov't mandated a single-standard networking protocol that must be used for computer communications and picked some awful protocol? It may have been difficult for our capitalistic market and society to swallow -- kinda depends on what the gov't is trying to get their hands on. But the Internet/TCP/IP adoption by just about everyone around the world, making it THE defacto networking protocol was truly amazing. Hats off. But this was clearly an example where uniformity didn't require Gov't meddling. Wireless communications is a whole different ballgame though.... By the way, what's happening with 802.11a/b/g wireless standard? Is this an internationally adopted standard around the world for Wi-Fi (WLAN) networks? Geez, wouldn't that be nice!!!