Like any technology, it can be great, but it has its limitations. Seriously, one cannot expect that there is coverage in any remote area or in areas with blockage (eg. in an underground garage, or elevator). The newer phones will have better reception and penetrate deeper even in to blocked areas. You can't expect that technology is omni-potent and omni-present. In the case cited the poor connection could have been one of 3 things or a combination of all 3 things: (a) out of cell tower range (due to blockage or distance),
(b) cell phone type (newer phone versus older technology),
(c) battery charge level.
How could the situation be improved?
- Make phones larger or with appendage antennas to improve signal strength (not convenient)
- Increase power output of phones and cell towers (this will have the environmental authorities and health fanatics up in arms due to RF interference and radiation levels on your ear).
- If you really would want total global coverage you have to get a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite phone such as the IRIDIUM phone (the only one of its kind), a system which uses 66 satellites that fly in circular polar orbits (11 satellites in 6 quasi equally spaced orbits, about 30 deg. longitude apart). Except for political regulations, this system can afford you virtually complete global coverage at sea, on land, on north and south poles, in the remotest areas. However, this system also has its local limitations since you have to be in direct view of one of it satellites, that is in mountainous regions you may experience more frequent drop outs and the penetration into buildings and into vehicles may less effective.
Final thought: Technology is great if used within its realm of operation, but there are always limitations that every user ought to know and understand. This is the real world were the users understanding also has its limitations...
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