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September 12, 2006 at 9:59 AM

CTIA: I’ll be back

LOS ANGELES — In a surprise visit, California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared this morning’s keynote at CTIA, which just kicked off.

His talk focused on California’s economy and how it’s turned around. He said when he came on board, California had $22 billion in debt.

The former actor and body builder, dressed in a nicely tailored tan suit, said: “With the help of bringing Democrats and Republicans together, we were able to turn the economy around, and now California is shinning again.”

He said he supports the wireless industry and wants to assist industry leaders to be successful.

He then reflected on the movie he was in — “Total Recall.” It is impressive how a lot of the technology the movie dreamed of already exists today, he said. He also congratulated the industry on its strides to bring down the price of a cellphone from $1,400 to the $69 he spent recently on a phone for his daughter.

“It’s extraordinary what you have accomplished, ” he said.

And in true form, he ended his speech with the words: “I’ll be back.”

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