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New Network Could Compete With Cellular Phone Service

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Some people think this is already how it works....

sw44

Jan 11, 2006, 9:11 PM
You have no idea how many people think this is already how it works! Confused I'll have maybe one or two a day that I have to educate about how cell towers REALLY work. But I must say touche! This would completely blow away cell phone comanies as we know it. I was excited about wimax, but this just completely blows that out of the water! Just how will carriers try to compete with this? Wow... I am amazed. Does anybody else have any more info....ie: like who is funding this? Or perhaps any manufacturers looking to support phones for this?
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SteveHRocks

Jan 11, 2006, 9:24 PM
Hmmm...

I just see Verizon and Cingular buying them out. Cant have that kind of competition ;)
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gumby

Jan 11, 2006, 10:34 PM
Satellite radio has problems getting a signal to you if you travel under semi-dense trees. I wouldn't want a cell phone that had to have a semi-clear view of the sky to use...
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cbtl

Jan 11, 2006, 10:40 PM
Not to mention that few things I've worked on that we're sat based also need an isnane power consumption level to get anything out, unless they plan on using land based broadcast sites to hit the satellites.
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habib_15

Jan 12, 2006, 10:33 AM
Well then there is really no use for using satelites if they use land base broad cast stations. Like someone else said this will be good for voice but thats about it. The power consumption and the heat generated by your phone is going to be a lot. What they need is a regular cell phone that can swicth to satelite when needed (one thats not ginormous and expensive).
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ccanady

Jan 12, 2006, 3:04 PM
Yeah we get many customers coming in telling us that a cingular rep told them their system works off of satelite. Its funny when they tell me that, I bust out laughing because they actually believe it.
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RUFF1415

Jan 12, 2006, 3:30 PM
I left Verizon when a rep deliberately lied to my face claiming that my phone problems were due to the technical issues they were having with their satellites.

Some of those people just amaze me...
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maxrebo

Jan 13, 2006, 8:54 AM
Ever thought that the backbone to the network may eventually go thru satellite? Most use T1 lines from what I know of, but it may also be possible that there is an eventual linkup (maybe not direct from 1 tower, but several) via satellite. This is how telephone services link all over the country/world!
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Humdizzle

Jan 13, 2006, 12:04 PM
Not cell phones buddy... as of right now at least! Laughing
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sigmamason

Jan 13, 2006, 12:40 PM
if you are on a conference call with clients in italy, germany and england via cell phone...how do you think the call links up?
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Humdizzle

Jan 14, 2006, 2:09 AM
So you are now trying to tell me that international phone calls are done via satellite... are you with the CIA? Rolling Eyes
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classic695

Jan 14, 2006, 6:39 PM
Yes--more than 2/3 of all international calls are transmitted at one point by satellites. No, your cell phone is not directly communicating with them, but how would you expect the call to get from one continent to another? Yes, there are undersea cables, but satellites are used for the majority of transmission. I've never been prompted to post before, but I had to register just to point out this unintelligent remark.

See http://www.esa.int/esaTE/GGGATV50NDC_index_2. html
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Humdizzle

Jan 14, 2006, 9:03 PM
Your example and the original point of this thread are apples and oranges... for future reference, you may want to read the entire thread before you reply. This is a direct link between the phone and the satellite.
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classic695

Jan 14, 2006, 9:17 PM
I completely understand the thread; I was responding to a comment that did not believe satellites were used in call transmission. While cell phones do not communicate with satellites, satellites are used heavily in the total communication process, from beginning to end. A problem with Verizon's satellite system may have contributed to calling difficulties, for example, even though the cell phone was not directly interacting with the satellite. I don't plug my computer into a high voltage power transmission line, but if one breaks, I may not have power until it's fixed.
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barryefau

Jan 16, 2006, 12:48 PM
oh BOOOOM, dude just got SERVED! You go ClassiC Smile
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