A federal probe of practices in the wireless industry could have significant implications for school leaders and others who use smart phones and other wireless devices to communicate.

In particular, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is examining the competitive practices of Apple Inc. and other companies that make smart phones--and their process for approving or denying applications developed to run on the phones.

The FCC's actions could affect the choices educators and other consumers have with regard to smart-phone applications, such as Google Voice--a program that gives users an additional phone number that's not tied to any one phone line, a useful...

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