voice calls still a thing?
It’s well documented that voice is little more than an afterthought on 4G. That’s now being addressed, says Paul Gowans from network tech specialist JDSU, but it will be some time before you can reliably pick up a 4G phone and make a call to another one. JDSU runs services for all kinds of networks, not just mobile. It does …
Well there's theory and then there's practice. In theory you can do it. In practice, not so much.
Roomie tried when we moved. The additional costs associated with porting the number and the service made it unfeasible. A couple years later a friend's mom tried a VOIP plan on her DSL. It was crap and she asked to be changed back. Following two weeks of problems she gave up and accepted a new number. Mind you, she didn't physically move like we did, just switched carriers twice in less than a one month period.
Not exactly convenient or safe if I'm driving, having started a call and gone to handsfree before I set off (before anyone starts).
Particularly irritating if its my controller trying to direct me to a patient or I'm giving the hospital an update on what I've got.
I use an 8 year old Nokia with hands free , well once touch and speak dialling. Sadly the modern crap phones cannot do that, so I do not 'do' modern feature lacking crap phones.
The industry need to work out how to go forward not backwards.
I do not need any of the other crap, web, music, email, instant mail - that takes an hour to arrive! and why do I have to say call and then wonder what the phone will think I want. One touch, speak the word I have assigned to the called party and go ahead. I want easy and what I want. I did use a touch phone for three days, (two of them in hospital). The half dozen touches, prods or whatever produced the right number less than half the time.
With voice I get a near instant result, every time.
Guess we'll have to agree to disagree, because my experience was the exact opposite of yours. My N95 missed half the time while the Android rarely missed. Meanwhile, I'm used to saying "Call" because I once had a *1G* phone that allowed voice calling. Flip open the phone and it asked, "Who would you like to call?" Android's a touch more complicated than that these days, but then again I also use the extra functionality, too.
It was so well-written that when I glanced at the byline I fully expected to see the name Ray-something or something Ray, the chap who usually writes the RF-related articles in which an abstract concept is clearly explained. Simon Rockman, eh? That's another name I'll gladly look for. Paul
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