This is a map of the United States (it cost us $200 million) that depicts terrestrial mobile wireless coverage. As presented, the coverage appears seamless. I’m here to tell you that is not the case.

Last summer, we drove from Seattle to Minneapolis, in a meandering way. There were plenty of times that I had no coverage, period, because I am an AT&T subscriber with a phone that will not function on Verizon’s network. There were plenty of times when my iPhone showed that I had a data signal, but I did not. And there were plenty of times when all I had was voice, no data.

What other things might the map be hiding? The cost (for example, taxes on mobile service) perhaps?

Tip: Slashdot

 

Written by Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, writer, teacher. Webmaster at King County Elections; educator at UW. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill, gplus.to/kegill, http://wiredpen.com

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