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Are Dropped Calls Driving You Crazy?

Does it seem that the smarter the phones become, the dumber you feel — especially when they keep dropping your calls mid-sentence?

It appears that when cell phones first came on line, dropped calls were a minor irritation that happened now and then. Now, it feels like a full-length conversation without being dropped mid-sentence is becoming more of a rarity. And it’s great that your Smartphone allows you to download all those cool apps, videos and photographs, if only you had more time to sit around waiting for them to download.  

According to an article by the Internet Freedom Coalition, these little irritations are not just in your imagination. Last month, the Pew Research Center reported that 55 percent of cell phone owners use those phones to go online and 77 percent of them experience slow download speeds when they do. In addition, 72 percent of cell phone users report experiencing dropped calls.

Turns out, the smarter the phones become, the more demand they place on  the invisible infrastructure — aka "spectrum.” The experts are working on ways to improve the situation and give us more spectrum, and apparently they’re going to need it. According to a report by CNN Money, by 2016 global mobile data traffic will have increased 18 fold from its 2011 level.

There is one way to avoid these irritating problems, though, according to The Huffington Post — dumb down your phone. The smarter your phone, the more likely it isn't going to work quite so well for just regular telephone calls.

Have you found you are experiencing more and more dropped phone calls? Would you be prepared to forego your Smartphone for more uninterrupted conversations? Tell us in comments. 

Mitch September 27, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Dropped calls can be very annoying, I hate when you are in the middle of a great conver
David September 27, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Now, THAT's funny!!
North Georgia Weather September 27, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I've never experienced that Crystal, I drive that stretch coming and going each day (Centerville ES) and have never noticed it. I'm right behind Kroger and my T-Mobile Hotspot has a 4G connection as I'm typing.
Crystal Huskey September 27, 2012 at 07:28 PM
That's strange. My Droid and iPhone both drop the calls there.
Thor Johnson September 27, 2012 at 08:22 PM
When I talk to AT&T I refer to myself as a 10 year victim and not a 10 year customer. They all do it. It really doesn’t matter the service. AT&T spends a gazillion telling us they have the best coverage and then John B has to spend more to buy a signal booster. AT&T tells me I live in an excellent coverage area… but I still get dropped calls. I just got a Galaxy S3, super phone but… you guessed it, dropped calls. I’m convinced I live on top of an Indian burial ground.

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