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Posted: 8/15/2005 4:12:31 PM EDT

I think it's safe to say that cell phones are here to stay.
So what's it going to take for the industry to get its act together
and decide on a single standard for service ?
We keep buying the products and services and paying handsomely
for them; yet who here doesn't experience dropped calls or dead zones
on a daily basis ?
I can't think of another "utilility" that has grown so quickly with such a
sketchy performance record. Is it time for a consumer rebellion or for the
Fed gov to step in ?
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 4:13:13 PM EDT
no.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 4:15:02 PM EDT
And another thing. The cell phone companies should have to put one tower in a shitty area for every ten in high volume areas. As it is now, they get to cherry pick the best locations and rural folks can't get service.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 4:22:24 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 4:59:18 PM EDT
I have Verizon digital service in a large metropolitian area, Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs. No excuses for a region like this, have poor reception and dropped calls in some areas, alot of "can you hear me now"
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 4:59:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
the problem isn't so much the equipment as the terrain. there is only so much you can do with a low power radio in a building or in rough terrain. the cost of putting a tower everywhere would put the cost of service out of reach.



No. It's lack of equipment standardization.
Other countries have rough terrain and they manage to get it right.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 5:01:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
the problem isn't so much the equipment as the terrain. there is only so much you can do with a low power radio in a building or in rough terrain. the cost of putting a tower everywhere would put the cost of service out of reach.



But I've heard that there are places in other countries where there are absolutely NO dead zones. My uncle was in England a few weeks ago and he said the cell phone coverage was much better than here. What do they do differently over there?
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 5:05:07 PM EDT
I just want a higher output cellphone. My dad used to have a true car phone... it kicked ass, you left it in the car, it weighed a good 10 lbs, but it never dropped calls. When we moved to Ohio, they didn't provide service for it, so he had to get a normal shitty one.

What is it, two watts? Give me the one that causes brain cancer if used more than 100 minutes a week. Just slap a warning label on it and a big battery.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 6:01:41 PM EDT
Consumer REVOLT! Aux barricades! Tear up the paving stones and raise the red flag!
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 6:15:27 PM EDT
Satallite phones for everyone!!!
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 6:16:45 PM EDT
Whiney uneducated consumers.

I love it.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 6:18:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Specop_007:
Whiney uneducated consumers.

I love it.




Thank you!
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 6:19:03 PM EDT
They got us suckered with computer performance first. Once we got used to that crap the cell phone shit was easy to get us to swallow.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 6:19:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Londo:
I think it's safe to say that cell phones are here to stay.
So what's it going to take for the industry to get its act together
and decide on a single standard for service ?
We keep buying the products and services and paying handsomely
for them; yet who here doesn't experience dropped calls or dead zones
on a daily basis ?
I can't think of another "utilility" that has grown so quickly with such a
sketchy performance record. Is it time for a consumer rebellion or for the
Fed gov to step in ?




You really should read up on what the hell you are talking about before you talk. Remove all doubt and all that...
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 6:19:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Gunbert:

Originally Posted By Specop_007:
Whiney uneducated consumers.

I love it.




Thank you!



It reminds me of those 16 year old "Daddys Girl" I see on the likes of MTV who stamp their foot on the ground and throw a tantrum because Daddy wont buy them a brand new Mercedes Benz.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 6:20:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Londo:

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
the problem isn't so much the equipment as the terrain. there is only so much you can do with a low power radio in a building or in rough terrain. the cost of putting a tower everywhere would put the cost of service out of reach.



No. It's lack of equipment standardization.
Other countries have rough terrain and they manage to get it right.




You think that rural cellular in europe is better than here? Holy christ that is the dumbest thing I've read on this board today, and that is saying something.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 6:21:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 6:24:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Specop_007:

Originally Posted By Gunbert:

Originally Posted By Specop_007:
Whiney uneducated consumers.

I love it.




Thank you!



It reminds me of those 16 year old "Daddys Girl" I see on the likes of MTV who stamp their foot on the ground and throw a tantrum because Daddy wont buy them a brand new Mercedes Benz.




No idea the planning, infrastructure, architecture, manpower and money that goes into building a relatively decent cellular network. It's laughable.

Link Posted: 8/15/2005 6:25:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By lordtrader:

Originally Posted By Londo:
yet who here doesn't experience dropped calls or dead zones
on a daily basis ?



I am probably one of the few folks that have not experienced any drop calls, dead spots or the "can you here me know" scenario, ever since I switched to Cingular about 1.5yrs ago. Have used the service in Dallas, S.F. bay area, Stockton,CA, L.A. and Orange County, CA, and lastly here in N.O. Never have had a drop call or a weak signal. Matter of fact where I worked in dntn Dallas, I was able to use my GSM phone in the elevator. Same here in N.O.

That is funny, every since AT&T merged with Cingular my coverage area has gotten smaller, I have more dropped calls and my signal goes from full bars to none without even moving. Verizon is the best thing going around here.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 6:28:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Pangea:
And another thing. The cell phone companies should have to put one tower in a shitty area for every ten in high volume areas. As it is now, they get to cherry pick the best locations and rural folks can't get service.



Yes. Initially they cherry pick the best deals. Wouldn't you if it were your money?

Soon you have lots of trained & equipped crews and an established supply network and financing. You can then afford smaller markets
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 6:34:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Gunbert:

Originally Posted By Specop_007:

Originally Posted By Gunbert:

Originally Posted By Specop_007:
Whiney uneducated consumers.

I love it.




Thank you!



It reminds me of those 16 year old "Daddys Girl" I see on the likes of MTV who stamp their foot on the ground and throw a tantrum because Daddy wont buy them a brand new Mercedes Benz.




No idea the planning, infrastructure, architecture, manpower and money that goes into building a relatively decent cellular network. It's laughable.




Exactly.
I really think the "standardization" comment was funny as hell really.
Sure is a pity a Cingular phone cant call a Verizon phone cause the industy isnt "standardized"
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