From The Register
“The second factor in 3G’s fate is, of course, whether 3G networks take off at any significant level at all, or whether they will be marginalized by Wi-Fi/WiMAX and by the advent of IP-based 4G.”
It seems clear that 2G, 2.5G and 3G wireless are simply staging posts to broadband wireless with real time communications over IP. Its just a matter of time.
However, state attempts to regulate IP based communications like Voice over IP will certainly slow things down. Shame.