As we've seen with the iPhone 4, new smartphones are certainly susceptible to all sorts of problems, with reception and signal strength at the top of the list. If there does end up to be a problem with the device's reception, it will hopefully be easily fixed with a software patch. No word from either Verizon or Motorola on a potential problem or solution yet, so stay tuned for updates.
Ha! Verizon is really getting cheeky. Not only has it copied Apple's "There's an App For That" ad campaign, but it's also gone head-to-head with AT&T saying that it has five times more 3G coverage in comparison to AT&T's spotty service. Ironically, when I asked you if you had ever experienced dropped calls because of bad cell phone reception, those of you with Verizon said that you haven't had any service problems, so maybe Verizon is on to something after all!
Whenever I think of scary movies and phones, Scream instantly comes to mind — especially the gory Drew Barrymore kitchen scene — yikes! Back in the eighties and nineties, most horror movies had serial killers cutting phone lines so when the victim (usually helpless young women) went to call the police, the phone would be dead. Nowadays, screenwriters can't write this classic scenario into scripts because a majority of people have swapped their landlines for a cell phone. So what's a screenwriter to do? They are to play up the lack of cell phone service conundrum. Rich Four Four has put together this amazing compilation of 66 movies from 2000 that have done just that.
I'm one of the lucky ones who hardly ever falls victim to phone carrier issues, choppy reception, or bad network areas. But I haven't always been so lucky. . . I once moved into an apartment where I had zero zero phone reception, and seriously thought my life was over (needless to say, I didn't live there for very long).
If you've been following the hilarious Rachel Zoe Project then you probably remember this scene from the first episode. Poor Brad was having phone reception issues on Sunset Boulevard in LA. . . of all places! What are some of your network woes? Please share below! And to see which regions have good reception, you can always check out Got Reception.
This may come as a shock to some of you, but sometimes cell phone shopping is not based on what someone can afford — no, sometimes people have to decide based on what service is best for them. Since I have crying jags when I'm in deadzones, I can empathize with the need for the very helpful website Got Reception?
Using a Google map and your zip code (or a zip code you might be visiting often), Got Reception tells you which cell phone company's service is strongest — or weakest — in a given area. This goes way beyond my problems with the 3G hogging of San Francisco, so for those of you who need this, I salute you!
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