NYT advises “skipping the cell networks” for better calls

This NYT article lays it out very simply (and humorously): the cell networks are clogged and dropped calls are becoming status quo.  A  lot of us (including myself) fit the articles description:

“To take a completely hypothetical situation, let’s say you own, oh, an iPhone, and you live, oh, in a metropolis that fairly bristles with cell towers. And you adore apps like Shazam and Gilt and Pandora, but you’re considerably less sweet on AT&T because it can’t carry a simple phone call for more than five minutes.” (read more)

As I have stated before in the blog, I have an iPhone.  I love my iPhone, it has become almost an extension of my arm.  Ultimaltely, though, my iPhone, is supposed to be a “phone”, which it is becoming less and less of – due to numerous dropped and “failed” calls.  So what is the solution?  According to the above article – the solution is  phone calls over Wi-Fi: Cell-Fi, which results in great call quality and no more dropped calls.  I have been blogging about Cell-Fi for awhile now and it seems as though everyday another reputable news source is reporting on the data clogging of the cell network.

With the introduction of the iPad, there has been discussion on the ability of the cell network to handle so much data transfer and still provide an acceptable level of service: Read this, for example – yet another article (from Fierce Wireless) is shedding doubt on the cell networks and their ability to handle data transfer and provide adequate service to their customers.  The Fierce Wireless article likens the clogging of the cellular networks to the clogging that took place in 1996 with the offering of “unlimited dial-up” Internet.  Who doesn’t remember that?  We all took to our computers, no longer watching the clock.  Hearing a busy signal when calling someone’s home became the norm, with the reason being, “oh… they must be on the Internet”: read more.


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