“The U.S. mobile phone industry is running out of the airwaves necessary to provide voice, text and Internet services to its customers,” David Goldman reports for CNNMoney.

“The problem, known as the ‘spectrum crunch,’ threatens to increase the number of dropped calls, slow down data speeds and raise customers’ prices,” Goldman reports. “It will also whittle down the nation’s number of wireless carriers and create a deeper financial divide between those companies that have capacity and those that don’t.”

Goldman reports, “Wireless spectrum — the invisible infrastructure over which all wireless transmissions travel — is a finite resource. When, exactly, we’ll hit the wall is the subject of intense debate, but almost everyone in the industry agrees that a crunch is coming.”

“The iPhone, for instance, uses 24 times as much spectrum as an old-fashioned cell phone, and the iPad uses 122 times as much, according to the Federal FCC,” Goldman reports. “AT&T says wireless data traffic on its network has grown 20,000% since the iPhone debuted in 2007.”

Read more in the full article – recommended – here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “theloniousMac” for the heads up.]