Wireless systems have increasingly become the inseparable ingredients of our lives in the last century because of their instant installation capabilities in addition to obviously cutting mammoth amounts of capital and time that was otherwise being wasted in erection and installation & commissioning. But how big and expanded is the wireless systems industry? And how much they touch our lives? And if I am not stretching things too far, are we being controlled by wireless systems? Well, let’s take a critical look at these issues which concerns us all.
Wireless Systems and Communication
Ever since Graham Bell and Marconi invented telephone and radio respectively, life has never been the same. Although they didn’t revolutionalized things instantaneously they sure caused a ruffle thus signaling what was on the way. Today, without wireless systems communications would grind to a halt. Satellites become dud flying objects of little use if we don’t ‘connect’ through wireless for billions of gigabytes of data transfer every hour.
Consumer Wireless Equipments
At the bottom, we have wireless toys which are the rage with children. But the most common wireless system everyone is familiar is cell phone without which most of us can conduct our lives the way we need to. Cell phones have rapidly expanded to exit the wired phones in a matter of a few years. Even the basic phones are going wireless with the advent of CDMA technology. The 3G cell phones can transmit up to 2MBPS of data.
Mobile phones reached their zenith of glory when Motorola introduced satellite phones (Irridium) which didn’t even require wireless network but worked with satellites directly.
Connectivity is just notional; look at what broadband has done to wireless systems. Internet no more needs ‘wired connectivity’ as there is wireless broadband service. IPOD has made world collapse into our pockets. What we imagined till the other year, that wireless systems made useful wireless microphones, was turned upside down by one small pocket gadget called IPOD.
If we are able to watch news cruising at 50,000′ at great speeds, you could imagine what ‘the void’ (wireless) can do. Let’s take a look at some cute gadgets from the current rage.
1. Push to talk phones: Talk, browse internet, watch TV and connect to all your friends by one button push.
2. Pocket PC and wireless LAN for laptops: Pocket PCs double up as cell phones. Laptops connect to LAN with a wireless LAN card.
3. Toys, game controls etc.
4. Home theater, music systems, network booster and headphones etc.
Long ago, when gods communicated, they were not verbal! They communicated silently. Just where are we heading?
Cell phones are handy little devices that people everywhere have come to rely on. They are easy to use, small, making it easy to stash them anywhere, as well as convenient. What most people don’t realize, though, is the potential danger associated with using a cell phone. This can happen in many ways. The first way that a cell phone can be dangerous is at a gas station. Although most people have never paid much attention, most gas stations post warning signs near the pumps, warning customers of cell phone usage while pumping gas. The gas station owners are afraid of an electrical spark from the mobile phone somehow causing an explosion. Even though the ability of cell phones causing gas station fires is unsubstantiated, some areas are strict about enforcing the rule of not using a cell phone while pumping gas. Some states will even issue a fine to anyone caught using a wireless phone at a gas pump. One very serious danger of using a cell phone is while driving. There are several ways that driving while having a cell phone conversation can be dangerous. First, a person may not properly pay attention to the road as they are dialing a phone number. This could result in a car accident. Also, a person could be so engrossed in a conversation that the same result could occur. It’s doesn’t matter if the conversation is negative or positive, it could still cause an accident. A person could be arguing with someone, causing them to be upset and suffer from impaired judgment. They may miscalculate the time that they have to make a certain turn, or make a similar mistake that they wouldn’t have made had they not been involved in a cell phone conversation. Even if the driver is having a pleasant conversation, it is still possible for them to become so engrossed in the good news or whatever it may be, that they may a serious mistake that causes a car accident. Car accidents are usually very serious, too. People can get seriously injured or even killed. And if the police find out that the person causing the accident was using a cell phone as they drove, that person could be charged with vehicular manslaughter. Who wants to risk going to jail, just to use a cell phone while they drive? No one does. This is why people need to practice more responsible habits while using mobile phones. Sure, wireless phones are convenient and important, but using them in the wrong situation can have some tragic consequences.
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The iPhone is said to be the most advanced phone on the market and people have been very happy with them. Ironically, many people have been surprised to find that this piece of advanced technology relies on the old style of SIM card. This was discovered when people tried to update with newer versions and weren’t able to do so. For those that had a very good cell phone but wanted to upgrade to the iPhone it has been a sore spot. Only 19.99 for A Set of 2 Music Fountain Mini Amplifier Dancing Water Speakers @ Geekvida Apple is aware of this problem and they continue to work to resolve it. They biggest problem is due to the various ways in which SIM cards for cell phones are encrypted. There are some patches that Apple has been trying to iron out that will work with some types of cell phones but not with others. This means if you are going to transfer over to an iPhone you should write down all of the contacts and relevant information that is in your old phone. It will save you a great deal of frustration and difficult down the road. Only $9.99 for Wireless Bluetooth 2.1+EDR Stereo Earphone Back-headphone @ Geekvida
In most types of cell phones though you can easily remove the SIM card. This isn’t the case with the iPhone. In fact if you aren’t familiar with the process you may not even be able to find your SIM card immediately. This has given some people the false impression that it doesn’t actually have one. You will have to use a paper clip to reach it and remove it. Only €72,99 for Pulid T9 MTK6589T Android 4.2 Pantalla HD IPS de 5.0 Pulgadas OTG 3G Smartphone @ Geekvida
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You do want to be very aware that removing the SIM card from an iPhone can void your warranty. This is due to the information about the operating system can be ruined. There is plenty of data on the iPhone SIM card beyond just what you have used the phone for. Should you need to access data from the iPhone SIM card you will need to take it to an authorized dealer.
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I of course found this information on the internet, like I find all the information I want. This service is just like a calling card in the fact that it is prepaid. However it adds on to your normal cell phone service in that you do not have to actually have the card on hand each time you want to make a call, You simply have to call the access number and it recognizes your cell phone calling card. From there you can call anywhere in the world at up to a 75% savings form your normal fee. Oh the wonders of the things you can find on the internet.