Originally Posted by razorpit
You sure about that, because our government is handing out money to people left and right. In a few months you won't be able to tell the U.S. from any other socialist nation. Plus, right now we are in the fun stages of socialism where everyone thinks the government really can provide you with anything you want, all you have to do is ask.
How about we stop all this politics talk, it's offtopic. Political Outsider is the designated cesspool set aside specifically for the people that insist on talking politics. People of all political persuasions may apply, just keep it there.
Originally Posted by roehlstation
I'll get you straight, this IS how AT&T is providing sufficient coverage. You don't actually think that any cell phone carrier actually owns all their cell towers do you? Many of them share and many of them lease towers from others, you could put a tower up in your backyard if you want and lease it to a carrier. (Providing you get all the proper permits) Sprint and Nextel do not own a single 3G tower (notice their ads say they provide ACCESS to the "fastest 3G network in the country" ) what you are paying for in your contract is access to the network AT&T have setup, your payment goes to paying the contracts AT&T has leases with as well as service on their own infrastructure. In this case, AT&T was required in their contracts with these additional carriers to change how their equipment connects to them, this update allows you to do that. No biggie, it happens all the time, I'm actually surprised this is even news really. only reason it is is because the update is being done through iTunes instead of being delivered to your phone from the wireless network.
Could you imagine what it would look like is instead of one tower in a location you see 3 or 4 because each carrier had to put up their own?
Exactly what does this have to do with providing an adequate signal? How does this situation really mitigate the need to put down more towers? The way you describe it, AT&T is doing some cost shifting, rather than paying to set up additional towers, they make people pay extra to put in their own mini-towers in their own buildings.
Originally Posted by BlackSummerNight
So if your coverage is so bad, stop paying them and move to another carrier which you think has better coverage. Problem solved.
The problem is that none of them are all that great.
Originally Posted by fraklinc
This device although improves your cell signal at home it's pretty much aim at a different cause, for example AT&T want's you to Dump your rip-off Verizon land line and they will give you unlimited calling for about $10 a month while your home so you don't have to be switching from one phone to the other. They make will $10 per subscriber a month while at the same time they also will be taking a-lot strain of the main towers, and screwing the competition, for them it's a win, win.
Assuming there is a monthly fee. I don't recall final details of this device being released, I only remember the one story talking about the rumor.
Given that AT&T is in the land line business, I'm not sure they want to do this to snipe at Verizon's land line business.
Originally Posted by freethinker
Great. With all this talk of micro cells, cell phone towers, etc. do you think any scientists in At&t or Apple for that matter are studying the cumulative effects these radiation sources have on our brains, soft tissue, organs, etc.?
Painful deaths- first deafness from MP3 players- are in store for future generations!
Stop spreading useless FUD. There is very little evidence that this is a problem, and I haven't heard about any of that evidence being credible.
Originally Posted by roehlstation
No, that is what Mythbusters is for. Although I do have a theory of all of this affecting the honeybees
That would probably be a worthless theory. IIRC, the latest conjecture is an anti-ant or anti-termite insecticide is messing with the bees. The explanation is a bit long, but no one has any credible link showing radio waves having anything to do with it. It's a chemical that's designed to mess with their brains, and it appears to be messing with the bees in exactly the same way it was meant to mess with other insects, and its use seems to coinside with the onset of bee CCD.
If you want to keep up with that sort of thing, I recommend listening to NPR's Science Friday, offered on iTunes for free as a podcast.