Overhype

by Michael Ho


Filed Under:
antenna, cdma, femtocell, lte

Companies:
t-mobile, verizon



DailyDirt: Remember When 'Wireless' Just Meant Radio?

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

The internets are flooded with iPhone on Verizon commentary -- and the buzz probably won't die down until people actually start using the phones. Until then, we'll be ignoring all the debates over whether or not it's a fatal flaw that CDMA won't let you talk and surf at the same time. As Louis CK says, "Everything is amazing and nobody is happy." Anyway, here are some quick wireless articles that remind us that these radio-powered gadgets always have room for improvement.
  • Got antenna problems? Perhaps solid-state plasma antennas will be the answer. This kind of antenna definitely won't be exposed on phones -- and it's a bit ominous that this technology is also being developed for "pain beams" by the military. [url]
  • Verizon's modem hand-offs from 3G to LTE can take two minutes. Clearly, the solution to this problem is to just upgrade everything to LTE. [url]
  • T-Mobile is trying to get 4G speeds with 3G equipment. Hopefully, the alphabet soup of wireless acronyms will be completely obsolete in a few years. [url]
  • To actually make reliable calls, perhaps we just need wires still -- and have femtocells to let people go cordless. The femtocell workaround seems like a strange kludge... you really have to love your cellphone to set up a dedicated 5-bar area for it. [url]

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      Michael Ho (profile), 12 Jan 2011 @ 9:53am

      Re: femto user

      I'm sure there are plenty of people who find value in femtocells, but it still strikes me as an awkward way to get cell coverage where you want it.

      I wish more phone services offered the key feature of Google Voice -- multiple phone number ringing. That's how *I* avoid answering different lines and buying a land line.....

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