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Over the years, since the birth of the first mobile phone, their manufacturers have made huge strides in their progression. The first thing they did was to shrink them into virtual micro phones. Then they added games and further development came in leaps and bounds.
Now we can use them to surf the Internet, send and receive email's and watch films. Then, from just around the corner touch screen technology strolled in. Being a Techie and I guess some would say a Geek. It wouldn't be surprising that I personally, both welcome and receive all these technological breakthroughs in the mobile phone development, with open arms.
Although and here it comes, as ever it's never far away...'BUT' always with the but! There is one glaring problem with all this progression, that hitherto has been overlooked. For, it is, is it not, when all is said and done supposed to be a 'Mobile Phone'? Well, this, for me, is the oe thing in the greater scheme of things, fallen by the wayside. I think just about everyone - who doesn't live in a City - will know what I mean when I say the word 'connection'.
The mobile phone and its progression is a wondrous thing. But when all is said and done if I want to play games, watch films, surf the net, use a touch screen, send and receive email's, I can use a PC. Wether at home, at a friends or in an Internet café.
However, there can be times when we're out and about in the countryside and no where near a land line phone and need to make or receive a phone message. It could be an emergency!
What a fantastic achievement it would be if someone could invent a contraption, small enough to be carried in a pocket, that could be guaranteed to assist us to communicate with the outside world. I guess, just the emergency services would do for a start. What a breakthrough that would be!
I've had cheap phones and expensive phones, different makes and different connection providers. From - as you - a phone for around £5 to a Smart Phone. T-Mobile - Virgin - O2 etc. They all have one thing in common 'Bad or Non-existant Connection'
It's not the phone, it's if you can get a signal where you want to use it.
It's best to check the signal coverage area for each supplier before deciding.
Where are you travelling.
I live in the south Lakes, and my HTC Desire S can maintain at least a voice connection in most places. Sometimes in a deep valley the connection can drop, but it's a rare occurrence.
Analogue mobile signals were better, as they could travel further, but when we switched to digital signals at much higher frequencies more transmitters are necessary to maintain the same coverage, and nimbys put in complaints for each new mast application.
The same is true for Freeview TV, many more masts have had to be planted to reach digital blackspots, and not all have been covered.
As for mobiles, BT were going to put repeaters on all their rural phone boxes as they've all got an ADSL link to BTs backbone, but that didn't seem to get the go ahead.
I live on the western edge of the Lake District and despite careful choice of provider when I needed a mobile for my business,the only way I could get a signal at home was to visit the loo,open the window & hold my phone outside(but it worked flawlessly in the town)Years later,the majority of main providers can be used (apart from 3) and even allow BB speeds for internet access.The Chairman of Tourism often appears in the local paper appealing to BT not to remove phone boxes in the more remote areas as mobiles simply cannot get a signal,yet BT still removed one phone box in a popular tourist location as it had been used three times in a whole year.There was a recent news story about a very young lad having to run miles to get help for his injured father,who'd fallen whilst out walking on the fells.If BT had left the phone box,the lad could've got help much more easily.
I've had a mobile phone for more years than I care to remember. They are now significantly smaller and the coverage is vastly superior to when I first had one. The number of masts that now exist is far more. People complain about having a mast near them and then also complain about their phone not working.
Battery life increased but now my latest smartphone has gone backwards a little and if I use GPS, etc then it's almost as bad as several years ago.
The reason that you lot that live out in the country get a poor or non exsistant connection is becaus thre are to many of you that don't want those ugly phone masts round here (NIMBY'S) Therefore poor coverage!
Personally no problem with phone masts, they look a lot better than most of the run down farms and rusting farm machinery that litters the countryside
The masts don't have to look very ugly Mast disguised as a treeand as alan14 stated they are better than the rusty farm machinery. Problems can occur where it is very hilly.
"What a fantastic achievement it would be if someone could invent a contraption, small enough to be carried in a pocket, that could be guaranteed to assist us to communicate with the outside world"
It's called a satellite phone.
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