12 Aug '11, 7am

Smartphones worse at phone calls than older models

People living in rural areas should hang up their smartphones if they want to actually make phone calls, new research from communications regulator Ofcom suggests. New models, such as Apple's top-selling iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S2, offer sophisticated "third-generation" (3G) technology to allow access to high speed networks, email and the internet, but the new Ofcom study found that starting and completing calls made from rural areas was better on older 2G phones. These devices, called feature phones rather than smartphones, allow more internal space for aerials. Ofcom found that "in the more rural areas that the phones were tested, the feature/entry-level phones generally returned somewhat better performance than smartphones for call completion and call setup." The regulator suggested that "This may be due to the reduced complexity of antenna on these devices and 2G...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/TechandDigital/Digital/EDC1108...

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