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Another helpful little feature would be allowing phones to AT LEAST do the useful PDA things stored on the phone when there is no signal/service available. I've had a couple of different phones that, when you are not close enough to a cellular tower, you can't even tell what time it is. You can't see your contacts (including emergency contacts). You can't see your calendar (and any reminders you set won't 'ring'). ...more »
Wireless broadband has the POTENTIAL of allowing true competition, assuming the radio bandwidth isn't all bought up and 'reserved' by corporations just for the sake of controlling it. If a wireless or broadcast company buys up radio spectrum bandwidth from the FCC, but then doesn't SUBSTANTIALLY USE IT, that bandwidth should be re-auctioned. In other words, if someone buys up all the VHF spectrum they can, just to prevent ...more »
'Satellite Broadband' may have a role as a 'failover' mode for local disasters that otherwise cut off sections of communities from the outside world. More Cellular broadband (i.e. 3G/4G/EVDO/etc.) towers should have uninterruptible power and a backup satellite uplink built in to provide at least emergency/911 services when disaster cuts off their power, and potentially fells their peers. At least they should have some ...more »
They were going to run glass to every doorstep 'by 2000' back in the 1990's. The big telecomm companies accepted boatloads of tax money to build that infrastructure. THEY ELECTED NOT TO. The 'Telecommunication Act of 1996' built huge monopolies instead of encourage competition. Deregulation simply moved tax money into private hands, to be spent on whatever private hands like. Like stock bonuses and perks and 'instant ...more »
In large unincorporated areas, such as in San Bernardino and Riverside counties in California, Verizon has bought up lots of small town phone companies, centralized everything, and then allowed ALL of the thousands of miles of equipment to ROT. You can beg for service from some guy overseas with an unintelligible accent to tell you it will be a month or more for anyone to do anything about it. Cables are coming up out ...more »
If a carrier claims 'unlimited' broadband, why are they allowed to then LIMIT IT? Either by charging criminally high rates, or by cutting service off, or by other methods.
Make some definitions. You know, like 'unlimited' means 'unlimited'. See if they sell any '3G wireless' when they tell you that streaming one movie will blow your 'unlimited' download budget.