Jon Fortt thinks Bluetooth may be ready to break out in 2004.
Why is the United States so far behind? For starters, the country’s largest cell phone maker and its largest wireless provider, Motorola and Verizon, both decided to put Bluetooth on the back burner. Though it has dabbled in Bluetooth, Motorola has not rolled out a product line, though a company representative at Bluetooth Americas said in 2004 Motorola will be ready to jump in. (European rival Nokia, which has beaten Motorola to market lately on camera phones, already ships 18 phones with Bluetooth enabled, and it plans more in 2004.)