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How Far Behind Are We

The Local Puppy Trainer let me know that AT&T launches local 3G network. Wow, you now have some form of 3G connectivity along the coast from Panama City to NOLA. Of course, there is none inland, and forget the coast between Panama City East to Tampa, but you can now use the iPhone on the beach in Northwest Florida, just like Wichita Falls, Texas.


1 Badtux { 01.15.10 at 9:46 pm }

ROTFL! AT&T is deploying *4G* networks this year in most major markets! So they’re upgrading you poor sods to tin cans and strings just as they’re upgrading the rest of the nation to the 21st century. Figures!

– Badtux the Geeky Penguin
.-= last blog ..A song for Pat Robertson =-.

2 Bryan { 01.15.10 at 10:56 pm }

Well, at least if my older brother visits, his iPhone will be a bit more than a standard cellphone this time. The last time he was here he freaked out about having spent all that money on the iPhone, and didn’t have the coverage of my ancient Nokia, much less all of the things he was going to impress me with that flat didn’t work.

You have to wonder why they bothered, when it would have been cheaper to go directly to 4G and forget the whole 3G bit.

3 LadyMin { 01.16.10 at 12:49 am }

I feel so left out. I only use my phone to make phone calls… how quaint!
.-= last blog ..Thinking Spring =-.

4 Bryan { 01.16.10 at 3:57 pm }

AFAIK, the Jitterbug is that only cell phone you can get that is just a phone. Everything else has gadgets and gimmicks that make it harder to use as a phone.

The carrier keeps sending me messages on mine, but I don’t respond because they charge double for texting, and the buttons have gotten so small that it is difficult enough to enter numbers, much less text.

5 Kryten42 { 01.16.10 at 8:47 pm }

I only used my mobile as a phone, or the occasional SMS (mainly to LadyMin)! 😀

Then it was stolen out of my bag a couple years ago, and I’ve never bothered to get it replaced. *shrug*. It was an old Ericsson that had decent sized buttons, and has a full QWERTY mini-keyboard attachment which made it easy to SMS (I still have the KB).
I have very big hands, I went to get some new gardening gloves a while ago, and even the XL size was too snug!

I hate the new phones. I’ve tried several, and none feel comfortable at all. I usually feel like I’ll crush them, or hit 3 buttons at a time. If I find another Ericsson somewhere, I’ll grab it. I only used it pre-paid, and I still have 2 batteries and a hands-free kit and other bits for it. One other advantage it had was it had a decent antenna and worked well in marginal zones where newer phones fail completely (including the many dead spots in the City)!

6 Moi;) { 01.16.10 at 9:09 pm }

Shoot, we can’t even get Comcrap cable phone here….really, we don’t have Verizon, just some podunk company. Cell reception? what’s that??? BAHAHAhahaha
.-= last blog ..The Final ER… =-.

7 Bryan { 01.16.10 at 9:50 pm }

It is a bit annoying that Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan have better cell phone coverage that the US, Moi. and Mexico has cheaper broadband.

The problem is that the phone makers respond to the Japanese market first, which leads to odd colors and tiny buttons, because it is a large market with excellent high-speed coverage and people willing to spend money on their phones, by upgrading frequently. The target market seems to be the range of 15 to 25 year-olds, so the old folks are left to struggle with the results.

I could use the Nokia without looking at it, but the current Motorola is marginal, but better that my Mother’s Samsung. I really wanted to use a stylus for the buttons on some I’ve tried. Yeah, the Nokia had an extendable antenna that provided better signals than this Motorola, actually it was better than the Motorola even without extending the antenna.

8 LadyMin { 01.18.10 at 12:53 am }

Actually…. my phone is one of the later model Motorola RAZRs. It has all the bells and whistles, even 3G. But I only use it to make phone calls and the occasional SMS. I didn’t want all that extra stuff, but that’s how all the phones are now. My carrier kept trying to get me to upgrade because my contract was up but I wasn’t interested.

I got this phone for free from a friend of a friend because she upgraded to some fancier phone. The RAZR was only a year old and an excellent deal for me! I just stuck my sim chip in and it worked.

9 Bryan { 01.18.10 at 9:10 pm }

I use a pre-paid, and I’m not sure they will let me upgrade that way. My Motorola makes me enter the date and time, rather than pulling it off the system, like the Nokia did, which is a pain in the neck. I would like to change, if for no other reason to get a better understanding of how my Mother’s phone works. Actually, how it doesn’t work, as it is on AT&T, and their system was the crappiest one around, which I don’t expect to improve with this upgrade.