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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 05 Jan 2022
Volume 41 : Issue 4 : "text" format

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Re: Classic BlackBerry phones will stop working January 4
I've been given a Google Pixel Fi phone. Now what?
Re: Delays and disruptions from C-band 5G interference could cost airlines billions

Message-ID: <sqv96u$619$1@dont-email.me> Date: 3 Jan 2022 11:45:18 -0500 From: "Michael Trew" <michael.trew@att.net> Subject: Re: Classic BlackBerry phones will stop working January 4 On 1/2/2022 13:06, Sean Murphy wrote: > By Samantha Murphy Kelly > > (CNN)You soon won't be able to use that old BlackBerry phone sitting > at the bottom of your drawer somewhere. > > Starting Tuesday, January 4, the company will stop running support for > its classic devices running BlackBerry 10, 7.1 OS and earlier. This > means all of its older devices not running on Android software will no > longer be able to use data, send text messages, access the internet or > make calls, even to 911. > > https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/01/tech/blackberry-end-of-life/index.html I've read through that article, but I still do not understand the technical aspects of it. For instance: I have a Nokia 3390 from 2001 here. It's a 2G only phone, but if I pop the SIM card from my current phone (T-Mobile) into it, it still receives calls and text messages, almost 21 years later. I don't understand how "stopping support" can make the basic functions of the phone cease to work. Do the cellular signals to/from the phone some how relay through Blackberry's data servers? One would think that calls/texts/data would be direct signals from your wireless carrier to your phone.
Message-ID: <3f31b2c5-46af-e760-6cf2-c11e26492dc7@gmail.com> Date: 4 Jan 2022 14:56:46 -0500 From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: I've been given a Google Pixel Fi phone. Now what? A kind neighbor has given me a used Google Pixel Fi phone, and I'd appreciate your help to make use of it without spending too much. Please answer these questions for me: 1. The phone is model G-2PW4100. Is this model able to work with 4G service? 2. Google offers a "Low Cost" plan with "Unlimited talk and text," which they say is great if I can use WiFi a lot, but the $20 they quote on the first page turns into "$20-$80" when it's time to give them a credit card number. It turns out that they want to be paid by the Gigabyte for data. Can I limit data use? 3. Verizon is the only reliable cellular carrier in my area. Does Google use them? If not, which one? 4. Verizon has been offering a prepaid plan for $20/month. Can this phone be used with that? I don't need data. 5. If someone gave this phone to you, what would you do with it? Thanks for your help. Bill Horne -- (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <sqv8ed$kes$2@dont-email.me> Date: 3 Jan 2022 11:32:14 -0500 From: "Michael Trew" <michael.trew@att.net> Subject: Re: Delays and disruptions from C-band 5G interference could cost airlines billions On 12/31/2021 22:44, Michael Trew wrote: > "Airlines and aviation officials are warning that the resumed rollout of > AT&T and Verizon=E2=80=99s new 5G wireless service in January could lead to > widespread flight delays across the US especially in snowstorms and > other low visibility conditions. > > As reported by Bloomberg, the officials say that C-band 5G threatens to > interfere with altimeters and other equipment on planes and helicopters > that track aircraft altitude. If this happens, it could prohibit planes > from landing in poor visibility, leading to delays, diversions and even > the cancellations of flights." > > https://www.techradar.com/news/us-airlines-are-still-super-worried-about-5g AT&T, Verizon Refuse FAA Request to Delay 5G Launch Cellphone carriers offer to tailor air-safety protections to mirror limits in France AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. rebuffed a request from federal transportation officials to delay the launch of new 5G wireless services but offered a counterproposal that would allow limited deployments to move forward this week. The cellphone carriers said Sunday in a letter reviewed by The Wall Street Journal that they could further dim the power of their new 5G service for six months to match limits imposed by regulators in France, giving U.S. authorities more time to study more powerful signals=E2=80=99 effect on air traffic. The plan from the companies, which have said they plan to start service Wednesday, could prolong a standoff between the telecom and aviation industries over how to proceed. https://www.wsj.com/articles/at-t-verizon-refuse-faa-request-to-delay-5g-launch-11641146719

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