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  •  That's smart for another reason. (8+ / 0-)

    Using the landline at home and the mobile on the road:

    Like taking public transit to wherever it goes, and driving to the places it doesn't.  

    Distributes the bandwidth usage in a manner that relieves congestion.

    When people use their mobiles from fixed locations, they are needlessly adding to traffic on finite electromagnetic spectrum.  This is like driving on already-croweded roads when there are buses & trains running on the same routes.  

    Already we are hearing of serious congestion on wireless networks.  That would not be a problem if people distributed their usage intelligently by using landlines at home and in the office.  

    And, as with building highways, there will never be enough EM spectrum to accommodate all the traffic, if people insist on using it thoughtlessly.  

    •  Landlines are also finite (0+ / 0-)

      so perhaps . . . .

      umm, never mind, I just realized your post was total snark.

      •  uh, no it wasn't. (1+ / 0-)
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        Landlines are finite in a different way than cellular spectrum.

        You can't get network blockage types of congestion in the landline network.  What you can get is queuing for dial tone, and a gradual slowdown in internet speed.    

        If the cellular network had been properly designed, it would work in an analogous manner: by queuing handsets for service.  Instead you just get no access.  

        Bottom line is still the same: use the landlines when at fixed locations, use the mobile when out & about.  

        •  Well, I remain unconvinced that (1+ / 0-)
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          most, if any, Americans are bumping against fundamental spectral limits to cell phone usage.

          For comparison purposes, in Hong Kong where the population density is 400,000 per square mile (in Kowloon, at least), virtually everybody is talking on their cell phone all the time.

          In New York - the densest US city (and one that is likely near the top wrt per capita cell phone usage), there are 20x fewer people per unit of space.    So, if there really is a capacity problem - somehow I think it's an engineering problem, not a fundamental scientific one.  They need to get the Hong Kong engineers over here to fix the problem.

          •  it's both. (1+ / 0-)
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            Europe and Asia waited a bit before jumping on the bandwagon, so they were able to build their networks with better technology.

            The audio quality over there also puts ours to absolute shame.

            So we could rip out 100% of the wireless infrastructure and replace it with current state-of-the-art.  But will we?   Hell no, the wireless carriers will milk it for all it's worth, and dig in their heels against anything that bothers their business model.

            But that's not a permanent fix either: with growth in demand, available spectrum will eventually become congested.  The cure is to distribute the demand across multiple networks, where each one uses a queuing mechanism rather than simple yes/no availability.  

            •  That's kinda what I thought (1+ / 0-)
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              it's our infrastructure, not the immutable laws of physics that are a considerable part of the problem.

              Just like it's not gravity that makes our bridges fall down (although that might be technically correct in some regards), it's simple neglect and malfeasance that is mainly to blame . . ..

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