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Dropped Calls at Mall = OK; Dropped Calls in War Zones = Not OK

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Hilary Kramer has a piece on the Huffington Post that includes a startling bit of information.

It seems that, while folks are stopping just short of taking to the streets with pitchforks and torches over reception issues with the iPhone 4 and carrier AT&T (T), the reception issues facing US soldiers in war zones overseas are far worse.

Kramer writes:

"Currently, the Department of Defense has an exclusive contract with Iridium Communications Inc. (IRDM) to manufacture and distribute these phones, but I found that Iridium has a first-call connection rate of only 80 percent. This means that one in five calls have to be re-dialed. The company has similar rates for dropped calls. Their satellite network is over 10 years old and won't be updated until 2017 at the earliest.

The bottom line is that when our troops are in dangerous situations they need the most reliable communications equipment possible. It's pretty egregious that our country doesn't have much to say about this, but is up in arms about a 1 in 200 reception problem with the Apple's new iPhone 4."

"Hi, it's Allison! Like, where are you guys? Hello? Are you there? Damnit! iPhone! Arrrgh!" is a whole lot different than "I need medevac assistance right now! Hello? Hello?"

On the bright side, the issues that are compromising soldiers' lives may possibly begin to perhaps, if conditions permit  and favorable economic conditions allow, could start to get straightened out sometime in the next seven years.
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TAGS:  APPLE, AT&T, IRIDIUM, THIS IS WAR    SOURCE:   Huffington Post
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