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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: 2, Funny) by demonlapin on Sunday February 23 2014, @05:13PM

    by demonlapin (925) on Sunday February 23 2014, @05:13PM (#5228) Journal
    The analog phone also had a 3 watt transmitter.
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  • (Score: 1) by Luke on Monday February 24 2014, @09:41AM

    by Luke (175) on Monday February 24 2014, @09:41AM (#5703)

    Actually the Motorola 'brick' I typically used was around 0.5 or 1w IIRC, the bagphone (or carphone) was 3W with a better antenna and correspondingly better range.

    Usefully I had several of them with the same (cloned) ESN and so if I lost or broke one I could just grab another - not so easy if you lose your SIM card today...