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The Telecom Digest for February 05, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 32 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:

For iPhone, Almost Heaven(Monty Solomon)
Verizon Beats AT&T in Voice Calls for iPhones(Monty Solomon)
Re: Video conferencing phone booth(John Levine)
Re: Celcom Axiata & DiGi agreed to share network infrastructure | Malaysian Wireless (Koos van den Hout)
Re: New numbering rules for phones in Australia(Lisa or Jeff)

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Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 08:26:04 -0500
From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com>
To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org.
Subject: For iPhone, Almost Heaven 
Message-ID: <p06240845c97163f413d7@[]>

For iPhone, Almost Heaven

February 2, 2011

It's here. After almost four years of speculation, the iPhone will 
finally come to Verizon's network on Feb. 10.

And to answer everyone's question, the Verizon iPhone is nearly the 
same as AT&T's iPhone 4 - but it doesn't drop calls. For several 
million Americans, that makes it the holy grail.

I took the Verizon iPhone to five cities, including the two Bermuda 
Triangles of AT&T reception: San Francisco and New York. Holding AT&T 
and Verizon iPhones side by side in the passenger seat of a car, I 
dialed 777-FILM simultaneously, and then rode around until a call 
dropped. (Why that number? Because I wanted to call a landline, 
eliminating the other person's cell reception from the equation. 
Also, Mr. Moviefone can carry the entire conversation by himself, so 
I could concentrate on the testing.)

In San Francisco, the AT&T phone dropped the call four times in 30 
minutes of driving; the Verizon phone never did. The Verizon iPhone 
also held its line in several Manhattan intersections where the AT&T 
call died. At a Kennedy airport gate, the AT&T phone couldn't even 
find a signal; the Verizon dialed with a smug yawn.

Most impressively, the Verizon iPhone effortlessly made calls in the 
Cellphone Signal Torture Chamber of Doom: my house.



Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 08:26:04 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Verizon Beats AT&T in Voice Calls for iPhones Message-ID: <p06240846c97165d183be@[]> Verizon Beats AT&T in Voice Calls for iPhones February 2, 2011 by Walter S. Mossberg AllThingsD For millions of iPhone owners, or would-be iPhone owners, who dislike AT&T's wireless service or prefer Verizon Wireless service, liberation is at hand. Starting Feb. 10, Apple's iconic smart phone finally will be available in the U.S. on a second carrier, Verizon, instead of just on AT&T, which has been the exclusive iPhone network since the device launched in 2007. Current Verizon customers can pre-order the iPhone Thursday. Complaints about dropped voice calls, or calls that can't be initiated, on AT&T's service, especially on iPhones, have been legion. Meanwhile, Verizon has enjoyed a general reputation for reliable voice service. So, many frustrated AT&T iPhone users and those scared off by reports of dropped calls, or simply loyal to Verizon, have been eagerly anticipating this move. To these people, I'm here to say: Yes, there are some major benefits to having your iPhone on Verizon, but, as with all good things, there are also trade-offs. I've been testing a Verizon iPhone 4 and comparing it to an AT&T iPhone 4, which has been out since last summer. The phones themselves are essentially identical, except for the fact that they have different radios inside to accommodate the two carriers' differing network technologies. They aren't interchangeable. ... http://ptech.allthingsd.com/20110202/verizon-apple-iphone4-review/
Date: 4 Feb 2011 04:36:18 -0000 From: John Levine <johnl@iecc.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Video conferencing phone booth Message-ID: <20110204043618.4386.qmail@joyce.lan> > I just want to sit down and begin seeing and talking to some people >on the opposite coast, for about an hour, right now, without having >to fly there, and without having to install and learn still another >Mac app (especially when networking is involved). I'd suggest finding a high school kid and pay him or her $20 to set up Skype on your laptop. Really. Having done the video studio thing, I can tell you there is no video phone booth business because Skype et all have killed it. Unless you lived next door to the studio, you'd probably spend more time driving there than it'd take to download and set up Skype, particularly on a Macbook which has the audio and video hardware already installed and configured. R's, John
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 19:14:27 +0000 (UTC) From: Koos van den Hout <koos+newsposting@kzdoos.xs4all.nl> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Celcom Axiata & DiGi agreed to share network infrastructure | Malaysian Wireless Message-ID: <iihj6j$evb$18@kzdoos.xs4all.nl> John Mayson <john@mayson.us> wrote in <AANLkTikVphc21yQ44ftSzeRQXzzmR2d_sDw+EZEqntNW@mail.gmail.com>: > DiGi & Celcom Axiata have agreed to share an initial of 218 sites or > base stations from each provider to save about 2.2 billion ringgit > ($719 million) over 10 years. > How much sharing goes on in other countries? Lots (at least here in the Netherlands) because guidelines in cities on allowing new constructions for cellular base antennas state that new constructions should be avoided when site-sharing is available or when existing constructions can be used. Site-sharing for commercial reasons started a bit a few years ago but zoning regulations have taken over now ;) Koos van den Hout -- Koos van den Hout, PGP keyid DSS/1024 0xF0D7C263 via keyservers koos@kzdoos.xs4all.nl Visit the site about books with reviews http://idefix.net/ http://www.virtualbookcase.com/
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 13:23:24 -0800 (PST) From: Lisa or Jeff <hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: New numbering rules for phones in Australia Message-ID: <bb1fd4f6-b3c3-4e3b-9e2d-d1cfc6ca1df5@s3g2000vbf.googlegroups.com> On Feb 3, 2:57 am, David Clayton <dcs...@myrealbox.com> wrote: > As part of the rollout of the NBN (fibre to the premises) the incumbent > telco is going to gradually decommission all the "copper". > They continually complain about the upkeep costs of such old plant anyway, > so it will save people money as the fibre infrastructure maintenance > should be a lot less over its intended life. Obviously fibre has advantages in capacity over copper, but does that mean existing copper plant should be abandoned? Why is fibre cable cheaper to maintain than existing copper cable? I would guess that the big maintenance expense of outdoor physical plant would physical protection against weather and injury and access for maintenance. Wouldn't physical protection costs, such as durable outer shells, be the same for copper as fibre? If say a car knocks down a pole carrying lines, isn't the biggest cost labor of the crew to replace the pole and remount the lines?
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