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US Ditching Landlines For Wireless
May 17th, 2010

A new study posted on and discussed on communication and general newsgroups shows that households are moving away from traditional landlines  for mobile phones.  Preliminary results from the USA’s National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) covering the second half of last year, indicates that the number of American homes with only wireless telephones continues to grow. According to a new report by National Center for Health Statistics ( part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), in the last half of 2009, nearly 25% of U.S. homes abandoned land lines and use only a cellphone. That is up 1.8 percentage points since the first half of 2009.

Two separate reports paint quite a picture of how the way Americans communicate has changed — with dramatic implications for how business communications will be done in the future, as well., The New York Times also reports that while almost 90 percent of households in the United States now have a cell phone, the growth in voice minutes used has stalled in favor of data communications.

This move away from traditional landline phones has had a far-reaching effect. ISPs are not the only ones affected, either. Polling firms and government agencies that gather data also face additional challenges as a result of the decrease in landlines. Additionally, 911 service providers have had to find additional options when it comes to locating people who are in need of help.

One of the odder bits of data mined by the NCHS, however, claims that binge drinking is double the rate in wireless-only households compared to those with fixed lines, with 34.5% of wireless phone users having more than five drinks in one day, compared to 18.7% of landline users. The data collected from surveys of 21,375 households, included 40,619 civilian adults and 14,984 children under the age of 18.

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LTE Technology Brings Faster Wireless Broadband Speeds
January 28th, 2010

The Long Term Evolution wireless broadband technology which initially boasted speeds of 20-80Mbps is expanding to new markets.

The technology which benefits mostly mobile devices has been reported be different newsgroups of having mixed end results in speeds depending on the area and ISP that is used. That won’t stop the LTE tech to go live in places like Sweden, Europe and The United States throughout 2010. The 3GPP technology is a project.

What is LTE?

LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the project name of a new high performance air interface for cellular mobile communication systems. It is the last step toward the 4th generation (4G) of radio technologies designed to increase the capacity and speed of mobile telephone networks. Where the current generation of mobile telecommunication networks are collectively known as 3G (for “third generation”), LTE is marketed as 4G.

The broadband technology is expected to debut in the United States later this year by Verizon. Verizon looks to introduce the new wireless broadband technology to over 25 different markets. Unfortunately, speeds won’t be as fast as those in Sweden. Verizon has already stated that the stream will hover around 5 to 12Mbps at peak performances. Markets with the most congestion will only be able to max 3 to 8Mbps instead.

With the rise of mobile computing going on, timing couldn’t have been better. With increased wireless speeds, subscribing to newsgroups on the go will be faster and easier than ever.

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