With the explosion in the number of apps that are available, the gigantic improvements in efficiency of data transfer, and the adjustments made to mobile user interfaces, even in the last several months, it’s possible for mobile technology consumers to believe that there are no limits to how good their service and experience can be. Everything is getting smaller and faster, and the dream for the end goal is instant communication at blinding speeds at all times. There are a few physical restrictions and limitations to this dream though, and it’s important that cell service customers have a basic understanding of them.


Meet Your Mobile Spectrum                

Have you ever wondered how wireless data gets from one point to another? There are essentially sets of mobile spectrum that the government has set aside to provide for clean transfer between towers. According to T-Mobile, there is a bit of a war going on right now to see which companies own this space. Different bandwidths have different qualities, such as reach and depth, and with the right space, the right types of towers, the right technology, and your own choice of personal cell phone, the flow of data is effective and efficient. By choosing a phone that takes advantage of the width of this spectrum, such as the the most recent iPhone, and a carrier that has the broadest possible bandwidth, you’re dramatically improving speed and functionality of the cell phone service of your choice.

Meet Your Mobile Spectrum

Usefulness Vs. Pricing of Mobile Technology  

Mobile technology is now at the heart of much of the personal and professional lives of many millions of people. The use of cell phones for both work and pleasure have become so ingrained, even in the last decade, that the price has almost become something of a sunk cost. You have to pay for one. You cannot work without mobile access to email. You cannot receive pictures of your friend’s cats without a six-inch screen. Companies are either going to use this fact for their financial advantage, or they are going to try to champion fair use and reasonable pricing. Ownership of the spectrum is going to be a big part of how that equation plays out in the end, and pricing is eventually going to be a compromise between what the market will bear and which companies offer what speeds in which areas.

What Can You Do About This        

As a mobile technology consumer, you probably have a cell phone, tablet, laptop, wireless desktop and perhaps a Nook or two. You know how much you pay for cell service. You understand the difference between Wi-Fi and LTE, and you know the approximate data rates for Facebook use inside and outside of your home. Dig deeper into the theory and practice of cell tower structures and the companies that own and operate them. Educate yourself about spectrum, and see where government regulations and limitations fit into the legal application of using that spectrum. There was a very intriguing issue not too long ago when the spectrum laws changed, and suddenly a lot of wireless microphones were no longer going to be useable, because their protected spectrum was changed on a governmental/corporate level. These kinds of changes can happen! To avoid trouble in the future, be sure to choose a carrier that has a business philosophy that matches your desire for great service at a reasonable price. In the end, your choices about service will affect how mobile technology develops, because you will support the business practices of your carrier. Don’t let your technology get the better of you! Make sure you understand how it operates, and put pressure on companies and legislatures to keep consumers in mind.

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