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posted by Dopefish on Sunday February 23 2014, @04:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the chewing-through-my-data-plan-that-much-faster dept.

SpallsHurgenson writes "Steve Perlman is ready to give you a personal cell phone signal that follows you from place to place, a signal that's about 1,000 times faster than what you have today because you needn't share it with anyone else.

"It's a complete rewrite of the wireless rulebook," says Perlman. The technology is now called pCell - short for "personal cell" - and it allows streaming video and other data to phones with a speed and a smoothness you're unlikely to achieve over current cell networks.

Perlman's invention - formerly known as DIDO - discards the current arrangement of cells shared by many users, giving each phone its own tiny cell, a bubble of signal that goes wherever the phone goes. This "personal cell" provides just as much network bandwidth as today's cells, Perlman says, but you needn't share the bandwidth with anyone else. The result is a significantly faster signal."

 
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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by takyon on Sunday February 23 2014, @04:18AM

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Sunday February 23 2014, @04:18AM (#5073) Journal

    I glanced at the same story on Slashdot [slashdot.org] previously. I didn't make the Perlman connection. This is the OnLive CEO who claimed to have wrecked Shannon's Law with a DIDO technology. Too bad he had to lay off everybody at OnLive and sell the company before this apparently revolutionary technology caught on.

    June 30, 2011: OnLive CEO May Have Just Revolutionized Wireless - Developed New, Simpler Radios That Laugh at Shannon's Law [dslreports.com]

    Maybe Facebook should have given Perlman $16 billion to play with instead of WhatsApp.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2014, @04:21AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2014, @04:21AM (#5076)

    I'd hate to think what Zuckermann would do with this technology, probably wrap it around our necks until we go purple.