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Sorry, America:

Your wireless airwaves are full

     
3:43 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The U.S. mobile phone industry is running out of the airwaves necessary to provide voice, text and Internet services to its customers.
The problem, known as the "spectrum crunch," threatens to increase the number of dropped calls, slow down data speeds and raise customers' prices. It will also whittle down the nation's number of wireless carriers and create a deeper financial divide between those companies that have capacity and those that don't.


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(Full Story........ [money.cnn.com ])

There are potential solutions, but none are inexpensive, easy to implement, or comprehensive.
That means there's no major fix on the horizon.
4:03 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I bet if people stopped using mobile devices to update every minute of their lives of facebook or twitter (usually with things only the poster truly thinks is important), there would not be a problem. :)

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That's a good idea Marshall. Maybe to save the airwaves and high prices we could have the government block Facebook and Twitter on mobile airwaves for all carriers. Then when there's a riot, we can try to get those people help.
8:22 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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You mean people might have to go back to making shopping lists instead of calling their spouse from the grocery store to ask what they need? And then another call to report that widgets are on special and should they buy some-- with interruption to answer urgent incoming calls to tell their four closest friends that they're in the cereal aisle, the floral department, the beer walk-in and finally the checkout line, with a further series of calls to keep everyone posted about your homeward progress and the rate of vehicular traffic?

What are they trying to do-- dump us all back in the stone age?
10:25 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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You mean people might have to go back to making shopping lists instead of calling their spouse from the grocery store to ask what they need?


It is a wonder how humankind survived before this.

<sidebar rant> I live out in the country now where many people have driveways 300 feet or more long (100m+). They will literally drive down it, meet the school bus, and either back up it or do a 'U' turn in the road. HOW LAY CAN WE GET?</sidebar rant>

Off to SubWay now to get a sandwich. (Thought you'd like to know.)
:)

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3:01 pm on Feb 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Marshall -
What kind of sandwich did you get a SubWay yesterday?
They've got breakfast food now, I believe.
I'm at the orfice now, so no SubWay available.
I'm craving though.
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OH, Snap!
I forgot there's no auto-correct in this forum.
It should read office and not orfice.
Sorry, My Bad. :)
3:11 pm on Feb 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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What kind of sandwich did you get a SubWay yesterday?


Philly Steak 'n Cheese. Ummmmm.

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4:05 pm on Feb 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I know right. Smothered with onions and shrooms w/ just a hint of spicy mustard.