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Top message:  850 downfall by 155n8th   Oct 29, 2003, 6:32 PM

Replying to:  Re: 850 downfall by Rich Brome   Nov 3, 2003, 9:42 PM

Re: 850 downfall

by wb    Nov 3, 2003, 11:14 PM

Equal in quality, just different band widths and spectrum issues. On one hand it is too bad that that 800 and 900 are not useful as a continuous spread, it would save a lot of money for international travelers.
On the other hand, in Urban America, businesses are largely in the 900 spectrum and they pay to keep it that way. They don't want the public running possible interference with business calls and transmissions. This same argument is coming from Public Safety branches.
Between PS and business interest the ideal of a solidly consistent range for cell phones is not possible in this country. The 850 is a battle cry for groups that worry that, among other things, cell phone users could be able to pick up relatively private singles, let alone some dispatcher suddenly having to listen to a cell phone conversation and not being able to make that 911 dispatch.
Regardless of these claims it seems that in remote areas the use of the 850 should become more wide spread- taking advantage of what is available in rural America.

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