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It’s the mid-1990s, and I’m one of those management consultants so lovingly praised on the hit TV drama House of Lies.

I traveled for about 90% of the time and needed an easier way to communicate other than a pager and pay phone.

In 1984, AT&T was broken up into several different “Baby Bells”. These became mobile network operators and travelling between them became highly expensive due to the lack of roaming agreements or consolidation.

It was not until the re-consolidation of the Baby Bells beginning in the mid-90s, and the expansion of providers such as Cingular (Now AT&T Mobility), Sprint PCS (Now Sprint Nextel), Verizon, and VoiceStream Wireless PCS (now T-Mobile USA) that roaming charges would be alleviated, and largely forgotten.