“The train is moving now, my phone network is shit, talk later?”

I overheard a young lady on the train this evening. She was speaking ‘loudly’ on her iPhone 4 annoying a lot of the other folk in the carriage.

Eventually as the train began to move she decided to finish her conversation thus:

“Ok the train is moving now so shall we talk later? I’ll get cut off in a moment…”

Isn’t that shocking?

Her mobile network is so pants that she is automatically working around it.

On reflection I suppose this is good news. Train journeys for me seem to be quieter now that — obviously — everyone’s network appears to be incapable of maintaining voice calls at more than 25mph.

It’s a sad reflection on the capabilities of our mobile networks that the most basic service of voice doesn’t work on many train journeys.

I’ve begun relying on text messages again because they don’t need the standard data connection to commence, open, deliver etc. They just get sent provided there’s a network operator call sign showing on your phone.

Shit. Shit and thrice shit.

Mind you the lady was talking on an iPhone 4 — *without a bumper* — so that won’t help.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

2 replies on ““The train is moving now, my phone network is shit, talk later?””

I find this UK phenomenom of having little-to-no mobile reception on trains/tube transport utterly backwards, and all those luddites naysaying any attempt to bring such modern conveniences into our lives should just live in a shoebox!
After going through various places where mobile reception (with high-speed data!) is the norm *anywhere* (Stockholm, Hong Kong to name a couple), London seems utterly left behind when we’re meant to be developing the next Silicon Roundabout tech-startup centre and a strong image for the 2012 Olympics. 

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