Posted 09-25-2019 at 16:25:22 [URL] [DELETE]
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As carriers do away with older technology, fringe coverage areas and people with older phones will get screwed. CDMA and GSM are both going away in the next few years. Every upgrade in cellular technology has resulted in reduced signal strength at our home. I believe newer technology uses antennas that are more directional and better focused. When these antennas are aimed to provide coverage on the interstate there is less coverage for fringe areas near the interstate. The newer technology also results in more dropped calls when driving on the interstate. Carriers just cannot get signal into some places where older technology worked OK.
We had the Verizon Home Fusion cantenna for WiFi and internet for several years but the signal strength eventually got so bad the system would no longer connect to internet at all. Verizon sold us a system, then proceeded to make infrastructure changes that rendered the system unusable. Their technicians eventually "discovered" we were in a low or no signal area. Duh, they absolutely do not listen when we say coverage used to be fine. Verizon would do nothing to make the system they sold us work again. Verizon completely ignored the fact that we used to have decent signal strength. They broke it and refused to make any effort to fix it.
I currently have to walk outside and down the driveway to make a cell phone call. I believe the signal I can get by doing that is old CDMA technology. Sadly, other cellular carriers have even worse coverage than Verizon. We were forced to go with a Hughesnet satellite system for internet because it was the only internet access product available for our area. Best decision we ever made. Even if we exceed our data limit, and the Hughesnet slows down, our slow speed is better than anything we ever got from Verizon.
Smart phones can use WiFi to make phone calls if we allow them to connect. We don't want the smart phones chewing up internet bandwidth so we keep WiFi turned off on the phones most of the time.