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Are Dropped Calls Driving You Crazy?

Does it seem that the smarter the phones become, the dumber you feel — especially when they keep dropping your calls mid-sentence?

It appears that when cell phones first came on line, dropped calls were a minor irritation that happened now and then. Now, it feels like a full-length conversation without being dropped mid-sentence is becoming more of a rarity. And it’s great that your Smartphone allows you to download all those cool apps, videos and photographs, if only you had more time to sit around waiting for them to download.  

According to an article by the Internet Freedom Coalition, these little irritations are not just in your imagination. Last month, the Pew Research Center reported that 55 percent of cell phone owners use those phones to go online and 77 percent of them experience slow download speeds when they do. In addition, 72 percent of cell phone users report experiencing dropped calls.

Turns out, the smarter the phones become, the more demand they place on  the invisible infrastructure — aka "spectrum.” The experts are working on ways to improve the situation and give us more spectrum, and apparently they’re going to need it. According to a report by CNN Money, by 2016 global mobile data traffic will have increased 18 fold from its 2011 level.

There is one way to avoid these irritating problems, though, according to The Huffington Post — dumb down your phone. The smarter your phone, the more likely it isn't going to work quite so well for just regular telephone calls.

Have you found you are experiencing more and more dropped phone calls? Would you be prepared to forego your Smartphone for more uninterrupted conversations? Tell us in comments. 

Otis The Town Drunk September 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Talk about dropped calls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRKIWfE6Fws&feature=youtu.be
Sharon Swanepoel September 27, 2012 at 01:07 PM
That is too funny Otis! Thanks for sharing. And I guess those lines suggest we're definitely not going to dumb down our phones - the smarter the better for us it appears.
Marne M September 27, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I'm more irritated by the fact that I get excellent signal everywhere except within 1/4 of a mile of my house! :P
Sharon Swanepoel September 27, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I live in Monroe Marme, and I so understand your pain. Inside my house is OK, but there are so many dead spots around it.
David September 27, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I can't actually remember having a dropped call. I have AT&T and it seems to work well wherever I travel.
Sharon Swanepoel September 27, 2012 at 04:42 PM
David, I have two phones, AT&T on one and Tmobile on the other, and I don't believe I have a day where I don't lose at least one call - maybe Monroe is the problem for me and not the "spectrum."
Marne M September 27, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I have AT&T as well. We just lack reception near the house, for some reason. Everywhere else is great -- I get the LTE reception all the way from Atlanta to where I turn off 316 to my house.
David September 27, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I'm sure AT&T is no better than the rest. It just seems to work for me. I get LTE reception in Dacula. Using speedtest, my old iPhone 4 had download speeds of <1.0. The new iPhone 5 with LTE gets downloads of 54.0. 54 times faster!! Now if I could only find something worth downloading!
Crystal Huskey (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 06:21 PM
There is a two mile or so stretch of road on Scenic Highway (Centerville side) that gets no reception whatsoever. It's so frustrating! Then for some reason my calls always get dropped at the entrance of my neighborhood. One mile deadspot on Ross Road, and most of Everson, by Kroger. I wonder why those areas get such poor reception?
John B September 27, 2012 at 06:36 PM
My AT&T cell works fine....until I pull into my subdivision in Oconee County! I had to buy an ATT Microcell the get cell phone coverage at my house.
David September 27, 2012 at 06:48 PM
"I wonder why those areas get such poor reception?" Alien spacecraft interference!!
Crystal Huskey (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 06:51 PM
LOL well at least now I know!
Mitch September 27, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Dropped calls can be very annoying, I hate when you are in the middle of a great conver
David September 27, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Now, THAT's funny!!
North Georgia Weather September 27, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I've never experienced that Crystal, I drive that stretch coming and going each day (Centerville ES) and have never noticed it. I'm right behind Kroger and my T-Mobile Hotspot has a 4G connection as I'm typing.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 07:28 PM
That's strange. My Droid and iPhone both drop the calls there.
Thor Johnson September 27, 2012 at 08:22 PM
When I talk to AT&T I refer to myself as a 10 year victim and not a 10 year customer. They all do it. It really doesn’t matter the service. AT&T spends a gazillion telling us they have the best coverage and then John B has to spend more to buy a signal booster. AT&T tells me I live in an excellent coverage area… but I still get dropped calls. I just got a Galaxy S3, super phone but… you guessed it, dropped calls. I’m convinced I live on top of an Indian burial ground.

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