Linked by David Adams on Wed 18th May 2011 02:49 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Are Microsoft, Apple and Google quietly preparing for war with mobile carriers? I think so. With all the advancements in mobile phones in the past 10 years, the part that’s been woefully slow to advance is the phone part. Making calls, placing calls, searching for signal and scrimping minutes hasn’t changed much since the phone came out, because carriers have little motivation for innovation.
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Comment by reldruh
by reldruh on Wed 18th May 2011 03:19 UTC
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Are Microsoft, Apple and Google quietly preparing for war with mobile carriers?


I sure as hell hope so. I remember years ago thinking we were on the verge of ubiquitous wireless internet access at reasonable prices. Instead we have ridiculous prices, crummy availability and bandwidth caps on the only network that even comes close to the speeds of a home broadband connection. It's infuriating to see how little we've moved in the last 5 years. I wish good luck (not in a sarcastic way) to anybody trying to change that.

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RE: Comment by reldruh
by WorknMan on Wed 18th May 2011 15:21 in reply to "Comment by reldruh"
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2005-11-13

I sure as hell hope so.


Me too. I just dropped my landline phone last year, and I am amazed that I can stream videos and music on my cell phone, but the actual voice quality of calls sounds worse than on landline. Shouldn't the quality of voice calls be better, especially on high end smartphones?

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RE[2]: Comment by reldruh
by Neolander on Thu 19th May 2011 12:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by reldruh"
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2010-03-08

Me too. I just dropped my landline phone last year, and I am amazed that I can stream videos and music on my cell phone, but the actual voice quality of calls sounds worse than on landline. Shouldn't the quality of voice calls be better, especially on high end smartphones?

Why should it ? For a very long time, wireless networks had a far worse bandwidth than wired ones, and phones need to keep compatible with the old networks around us.

Let's just hope that next time we design digital communication protocols, we make sure that they can benefit from future, faster networks, by offering better call quality...

Edited 2011-05-19 12:42 UTC

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