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The Telecom Digest for Sat, 12 Mar 2016
Volume 35 : Issue 45 : "text" format

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Re: Typical service life of cell phones?David LaRue
Verizon and FCC push "MmWave" For 5G Wireless, In Dot-Com TwistBill Horne
FCC Fines Verizon $1.35 Million for Using 'Supercookies'Bill Horne
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <XnsA5C7C64A38A41507d764ee9285@> Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:29:26 +0000 (UTC) From: David LaRue <huey.dll@tampabay.rr.com> Subject: Re: Typical service life of cell phones? HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> wrote in news:0ce160a9-2e9c- 496f-bbc5-7e5322c375d1@googlegroups.com: > I was curious what is the typical service life of cell phones? I've had three flip phones donated from friends over the years. Only one actually wore out after about 6 years. The other two were coopted by my employers and required handing them in for new flip phones that were on different providers/bands. My first cell phone was a donated candy bar phone. It had to be retired when they phased out analog service. I've paid $30-$45 (total) per month for service. My wife has had Android and Apple phones. She switches to get better price or cell service as needed. I think she pays $120 per month and the things haven't worn out, but the longest she has kept one is perhaps three years. David ------------------------------ Message-ID: <nbv3k1$ava$1@dont-email.me> Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:46:20 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Verizon and FCC push "MmWave" For 5G Wireless, In Dot-Com Twist Federal regulators and Verizon Communications (VZ) have zeroed in on airwaves that could make the U.S. the global leader in rolling out 5G wireless services. One market opportunity for 5G may be as a challenger to the cable TV industry's broadband dominance. Think Verizon Wireless, not Verizon's FiOS-branded landline service, vs. the likes of Comcast (or Charter Communications. First, though, airwaves need to be freed up for 5G. That's where high-frequency radio spectrum, also called millimeter wave, comes in. In particular, U.S. regulators are focused on the 28 gigahertz frequency band, analysts say. Most wireless phone services today use radio frequency below 3 GHz. http://www.investors.com/news/technology/verizon-fcc-push-mmwave-for-5g-whats-different-from-lmds/ -------------------- And, on a personal note, I have lived long enough to see 28 GHz being called "High Frequency". Although I'm not old enough to have considered frequencies about 30 MHz to be "Ultra High", I am used to them being referred to as "Very High Frequency" (VHF). It used to be that "Ultra High Frequencies" started at 300 Mhz, but not it seems to be, at least in this case, no longer a meaningful definition. -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <nbv3t7$cnp$1@dont-email.me> Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:51:14 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: FCC Fines Verizon $1.35 Million for Using 'Supercookies' Under a settlement announced today with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Verizon Wireless must pay a fine of $1.35 million and adopt a three-year plan for using so-called "supercookies" only with customer consent. Verizon came under investigation by the FCC in late 2014, after it was discovered that the company was inserting unique identifier headers (UIDHs), otherwise known as supercookies, into customers' mobile Internet traffic without their knowledge or consent. The supercookies enabled Verizon to track users' online habits and deliver more targeted ads to them. http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=023002SU6T6C +--------------------------------------------------------------+ Incipient-Paranoia-Department ... Why is it that large fines and "three year plans" always seem to span the months surrounding presidential elections? -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sat, 12 Mar 2016

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