I’m wondering about 3G, a lot

AS MOST of my faithful reader (1) know, the PC has been part of my life since around 1981. I never got involved in the “PC wars” – far less interesting than laundry wars – a battle in which the Mac was pitched against the PC.

My learned reader will know that it was for the Apple that the spreadsheet was created, but for the PC that the spreadsheet came into its own with Lotus 1-2-3.  This “milestone” was the beginning of the end for the personal computer and the start of the era of the beancounters.

I currently find myself in a region where there is no wi-fi – never mind WiMAX – but thanks to T-Mobile I have a 3G dongle which, at a reasonable price, gives me internet access. Sometimes.  So why oh why is 3G so variable? The dongle reports a 7.2Mbps speed, but even in central London the rate is half or a third of that. Out here in sticklandia, it varies wildly between nothing and superspeed. Why?

I’d love to use WiMAX, but that seems like a pipe dream right now.  Luckily, all you need to do is position yourself close to one of those red telephone boxes that used to be owned by the Post Office, and you can roam using wi-fi, as long as there aren’t too many people in the way. I’ll be off to India again later this week, yes, to Bangalore. I can go there confidently knowing that 3G won’t yet be available but according to many vendors WiMAX is. Oh yeah? Oh yeah, fixed WiMAX not mobile WiMAX.

Is anyone ever going to call these vendors to the bar of accountability?  ◊

3 responses to “I’m wondering about 3G, a lot

  1. 3G speed depends on how many people are using the cell you’re connected to. Same with WiMax, I believe. In swinging London, there are loads of 3G cells, but chances are there are loads of 3G users for each of them. Especially with the aye-aye phone. Out in, out in, out in India, you may find a cell that’s yours and yours alone.

  2. thomasxstewart

    Lets look at this from Health standpoint. You can install wonderous bathroom, with huge toilet that dosn’t rub genitals, with extra soft paper, less might be pay toilet, then down to port a potty, all expensive mechanisms’, yet of very different qualities of service.

    Finally at bottom, hehe, just go anywhere outdoors, wipe behinder with leaf & struggle forward. Yet its all described as “going to bathroom”. Maybe theres bath or shower or maybe its rainfall, yet quality issues are enormous. Just finding equipment that isn’t posing as best at top prices is difficult. Often best is taken off market by intense pressure to vainly insult other people whom never give it much thought.

    suppose it depends on if your feral or non feral.


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