Jul
15
2009
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Vodafone Access Gateway Launches in UK

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Vodafone have now launched a 3G Mini-Mast (Access Gateway – it plugs into your broadband router) for your home! This is the femtocell that the various mobile phone operators have been promising to unleash on the general public for so long. Other operators are expected to follow suit shortly.

The blurb makes much of the fact that it’s a mast in your lounge with one ten-thousandth the output of its regular big brother masts. The Sagem box costs £160 to buy outright, which can be added to your bill at £5 per month – or if you upgrade your phone/package you might get it included for free.

If you’ve always struggled to get decent mobile phone reception in your home, maybe now you have a solution. You’ll need to be with Vodafone, have a 3G mobile & a broadband router for it to work.

The Access Gateway plugs into the router, you register up to 4 mobile phone numbers and the units serial number online, and then about 18 hours later you can make calls through the unit. As it’s 3G you can also access data services – if you’re on one of the all-you-can-eat plans, of course.

It doesn’t turn your mobile into a BT home cordless phone or anything fancy like that, but for people living in cellars & under-builds it should prove a godsend – now you can call for rescue!

The Access Gateway will provide 3G coverage throughout your home for the four devices (phones) you pre-approve. As you’re now much nearer to the mast your mobile will transmit on much lower power than it would if you were depending on a mast 1000 metres away – which means slightly less RF soaking into your brain & slightly longer battery life!

Range is apparently less than you would expect from a WiFi hub, and with some using Skype over WiFi cordless phones, this won’t appeal to everybody.

I do think it makes a good alternative to just sticking up ever more masts with no regard for whether people actually want them in their streets.

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Jul
06
2009
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Great news from Lichtenstein!

The Leichtenstein parliament has confirmed its intention to enforce the law adopted in May 2008 to restrict exposure (in sensitive areas: homes, workplaces, schools, hospitals and other public buildings) to 0.6 V/m from mobile telecommunication base stations.

This was met with dismay by the telecommunications industry, who have stated that this will make it unfeasible to run a financially viable mobile phone service under these restrictions. The goal is meant to be met by 2013, but the industries are expected to provide an annual progress report towards the goal as well. The 4 main mobile phone companies based in Leichtenstein have threatened to pull out of the country if this restriction is not lifted, to which the government has responded by exploring the possibility of running a state owned mobile telecommunication network if they were to do so! (courtesy of powerwatch.org.uk).

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Jul
06
2009
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Dect Interphone Study Confusion

The Interphone study into adverse mobile phone effects has so far produced very little.

Bickering amongst the scientists involved, as to how any data should be presented has pretty much ensured that nothing useful has emerged.

Now it seems that the Dect-effect will be left out of the exposure figures too. This is completely stupid, given that most people will spend more time in the field generated by their constantly-emitting home Dect phone than anything else.

Ten minutes on your mobile a day or five hours sat next to your Dect cordless docking station while you watch TV in the evening? It’s a complete no-brainer for an amateur to figure out, so why’s it so hard for scientists in the pay of the mobile phone industry?

Go figure…

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