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.