Here they are, griping because BT Cell isn't releasing the promised 171kbps service right now, but only the 27kbps service.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, our capitalistic, free-market society has a mish-mash of standards for cell phones, none of them compatible with each other or with the Europeans, and wireless data services are only just now emerging, and only at 9.6k, or 14.4k if you're lucky.
I was amused and amazed yesterday when a vendor came to visit me from Sweden, and his swedish cell phone worked perfectly on Pacific Bell's TDMA service.
Try that with your Qualcomm-powered CDMA phone (using it in Europe, I mean - heck, try using your cell phone outside of your providers service area! Now that I think of it, I drop calls in my provider's service area...). I'm not down on capitalism, but it kinda sucks when the (theoretically) more practical competitive principles of the US economy fail to outperform markets that are regulated much more heavily than ours.
just roll a fatty
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