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The Telecom Digest for July 15, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 191 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:
Re: Mobile subscriptions hit 5 billion mark(David Clayton)
Apple Censors Consumer Report iPhone4 Discussions(Thad Floryan)
Additional iPhone 4 issues and articles(Thad Floryan)
Re: I before E(Leon Whyte)
Technical description and explanation of iPhone 4 antenna issues (Thad Floryan)

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Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 16:43:42 +1000 From: David Clayton <dcstar@myrealbox.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Mobile subscriptions hit 5 billion mark Message-ID: <pan.2010.> On Mon, 12 Jul 2010 08:11:24 -0400, Monty Solomon wrote: ........ > Mobile broadband subscriptions are growing at similar pace and are > expected to amount to more than 3.4 billion by 2015 (from 360 million in > 2009). > > Studies show that soon 80 percent of all people accessing the Internet > will be doing so using their mobile device. > That last bit has to be the greatest piece of BS I have encountered this week, just because some people will have the capability of mobile access to the net does not mean that "...80 percent of all people accessing the Internet will be doing so..." using that method. Even if you count mobile e-mail access, I seriously doubt that the ongoing majority of Internet access will move from wired or Wi-Fi devices any time soon. -- Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have.
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 19:02:42 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Apple Censors Consumer Report iPhone4 Discussions Message-ID: <4C3D1AC2.5010707@thadlabs.com> Not too surprisingly, all threads about Consumer Reports' iPhone 4 antenna and signal problems have been removed or deleted from Apple's Support servers per: http://www.tuaw.com/2010/07/12/apple-drops-consumer-reports-discussion-threads-down-memory-hole/ in reference to these threads: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2502559 http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2502555 http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=11888136 http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2502547 http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2502553 Bing's cache to the rescue: (Link removed: bing either doesn't alllow deep linking, or it wasn't valid - Moderator)
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 19:14:48 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Additional iPhone 4 issues and articles Message-ID: <4C3D1D98.6020701@thadlabs.com> Apple's public relations woes over its iPhone 4 - the latest hit came from Consumer Reports, which said it won't recommend the device - is conjuring up memories of a previously flawed product launch. Article here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/13/MNV61ED7QU.DTL Apple has spectacularly botched the response to complaints about the iPhone 4 antenna problem. The simple solution to the problem was to fess up that yes, there's a slight problem with the hardware design of the phone, but it only affects a few people. Then slash the price of iPhone cases that solve the problem. Instead, Apple tried to spin the flaw as a meaningless software display problem, which Consumer Reports and others say is bogus. Now, even Apple's most ardent supporters, are admitting Apple has blown it. Article here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2010/07/13/businessinsider-apple-response-to-2010-7.DTL It's no surprise that people are having a field day at Apple's expense over the supposed iPhone 4 antenna problem. The bigger and more successful Apple gets, the easier it becomes to poke holes in the company. And the more fun people have beating up on Apple, and the more notoriety they get, etc. Seriously, when's the last time you thought of Consumer Reports before this week? But like every other tech PR calamity -- Facebook redesigns, Google privacy, etc. -- this will be news for a few more days and then life will go on. The iPhone 4 antenna situation is a non-issue, and it's going to blow over without a massive product recall. Why? Because it's just not that big of a problem. Simply, the iPhone 4 works better than pretty much any other phone you can buy, and even Consumer Reports says so, calling it the best smartphone on the market. You can make calls, use the Internet, and do everything else you should be able to do on the iPhone 4 all of the time, or almost all of the time. And that's why you're buying it, right? I've owned the iPhone 4 from the first day it went on sale, and even though it still has the same crappy AT&T service and dropped calls that my last iPhone had, I still would never ever think of returning it. There's so much more to the iPhone 4 than a supposed antenna problem -- if you carefully put your finger in a specific position -- and iPhone owners and buyers know this. Article here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2010/07/13/businessinsider-iphone-4-non-issue-2010-7.DTL Why all the hate on AT&T? I haven't had a dropped call since the early 1990s (Cellular One) and also never with Cingular and AT&T Wireless. Note that I'm in Silicon Valley, and AT&T reception and performance is great. Seems to me all the complaints originate from San Francisco and New York City. FWIW, broadcast TV doesn't function well in those two cities, either, due to all the tall buildings.
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 23:30:40 -0700 From: Leon Whyte <leon.whyte@shaw.ca> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: I before E Message-ID: <YPc%n.31647$Ls1.599@newsfe11.iad> Randall wrote: >>> http://www.cr80news.com/2010/02/09/one-in-six-college-students-recieve-blackboard-connect-messages >>> >> >> And four out of five English teachers are pulling their >> hair out when reading that url... >> >> ***** Moderator's Note ***** >> >> Repeat after me: 'I before E, except after Cee, or when sounded like >> A, as in "Neighbor" and "Weigh".' >> >> Don't they even teach that at journalism school? > > I before E, huh? Weird ... > Shouldn't it be: a b c d E f g h I ? That shows E before I. -- Leon A computer without Microsoft is like a chocolate cake without mustard. < running Linux > http://www.okv.ca/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** This is the last "I before E" post. Gimme a break! Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 19:34:22 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Technical description and explanation of iPhone 4 antenna issues Message-ID: <4C3E73AE.2090602@thadlabs.com> Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area newspapers are full of articles essentially repeating each other and it accomplishes nothing citing repetitious after repetitious article. AnandTech presents an article with some good information: " " There's been a ton of discussion lately surrounding iPhone 4 " cellular reception. Even before it was officially announced, " the reason for the stainless steel band running along the " outside of the phone seemed enigmatic; many called it un-apple " and decidedly atypical of seamless apple design which eschews " hard edges. The black strips were written off as aesthetic " curiosities, possibly even markings which denoted a fake. " " Then at the WWDC announcement, we learned the truth. The " iPhone 4's antenna is the stainless steel band that runs " around the edge of the phone. The antenna for WiFi, Bluetooth, " and GPS is the smaller strip beginning in the bottom left and " running to the top, and the cellular radio for voice and data " is the much larger strip running around almost three quarters " of the phone. " " It's a design nod back to some of the earliest cellular phone " designs which packed external whips that one could manually " extend for improving reception. Since then, designs evolved, " and until recently virtually all smartphones have packed " internal antennas at the bottom of the phone. The iPhone 4's " external antenna promises improved reception over the internal " antenna in the iPhone 3GS. " " Of course, the caveat is that as with all external antennas, " the potential for both unintended attenuation and detuning " is much, much greater. When I first saw the iPhone 4's design " spelled out watching the keynote online, I immediately assumed " that Apple was going to apply an insulative coating atop the " stainless steel. Perhaps even use diamond vapor deposition " (like they did with the glass screen atop the iPhone 3GS) to " insulate the stainless steel from users. We now know rather " definitively that this isn't the case. Of course, the result " is that anything conductive which bridges the gap in the " bottom left couples the antennas together, detuning the " precisely engineered antennas. It's a problem of impedance " matching with the body as an antenna, and the additional " antenna that becomes part of the equation when you touch the " bottom left. " " The fact of the matter is that cupping the bottom left corner " and making skin contact between the two antennas does result " in a measurable difference in cellular reception. But as " we'll show, RF is a strange beast. { article continues at the following URL } http://www.anandtech.com/show/3794/the-iphone-4-review/2 Another article in the San Francisco Chronicle is entitled "The Saddest Part Of The Whole iPhone 4 Antenna Fiasco Is How Proud Steve Jobs Was When He Introduced It (AAPL)" and can be read here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2010/07/14/businessinsider-the-saddest-part-of-the-whole-iphone-4-antenna-fiasco-is-how-proud-steve-jobs-was-when-he-introduced-it-2010-7.DTL and if you have a sense of humor: http://www.dailygoat.com/2010/07/apple-recalls-iphone-4-very-fondly-announces-it-will-apply-same-rigorous-standards-new-product-launches/ :-)
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