Why Are Carriers Are Turning Off 2G Reception?

AT&T & Verizon are slowly turning off 2G cell phone towers in many rural markets.  Why?  Because they they need the capacity and or spectrum in that market for 4G and LTE.  3G and 4G provide faster data speeds but voice service can often be less reliable.  

If you have been a long time customer with an older phone and suddenly you don't have coverage any longer, you are probably one of those people who either has to upgrade their phone or find a new carrier.  Many carriers still service 2G customers so its best you do you homework in a particular market and find out who has 2G service.   

I think the FCC has done an incredible disservice to consumers not mandating that carriers provide transparency on where they are turning off 2G service.  Thus, our map database Deadcellzones.com has exploded with contributions of dead zone problems this year on our map.  Consumers are confused and don't know what to do.  These presents an opportunity for an aggressive smaller carrier to capitalize on this incredibly horrible service and transparency the big carriers are providing.  Stay tuned because the fireworks are just beginning!  

Samsung Galaxy S5 Water Test

Monday, June 30, 2014 | ,

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is water and dust resistance with an IP67 rating, meaning that you can take your device for a swim in about 3.3 feet (1 meter) of water for up to 30 minutes.


There is one drawback to the water resistance factor, though: you’ve got to keep the built-in flap over your Galaxy S5 USB port in order to protect the device from permanent damage. 

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 back cover doesn’t feel flimsy as though you could snap the back plate into pieces. Rather, it’s a more premium feel than it’s ever had and certainly assures me as to the back cover protection of my device.

To test out Samsung’s water resistance claims, I took my Galaxy S5 out in a pool. I then left it in a bowl of water. The Galaxy S5 continues to function just fine during the test. After this I simply took off the back cover and dried it off with a towel.

 Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is the smartphone sold by U.S. carriers that is advertised as water resistant. Samsung managed to make the Galaxy S5 water resistant without adding any unnecessary thickness or bulk.

The Galaxy S5 has an IP67 rating from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).  The first two letters (IP) stands for Ingress Protection. The first number (6) signifies that the Galaxy S5 is completely sealed from solids such as dust and dirt.  The second number signifies that the Galaxy S5 can survive for up to 30 minutes in up to a meter of water. Dropping the Galaxy S5 in water deeper than a meter could cause the Galaxy S5s water seals to fail due to the increased pressure. 

Waterproofing is more important in smartwatches than smartphones & only some of the top smartwatches are water proof. Like a lot of devices, including Apple’s iOS devices, the Galaxy S5s display is water proof. It’s the seams and ports that are the problem. How did Samsung make Samsung Galaxy s5 waterproof? To start with there’s a watertight cover that protects the USB charging port on the bottom edge of the device. There’s a rubber gasket attached to the inside of the cover that seals against the metal edge of the USB port. When you unplug he Galaxy S5 from its charging cable it will remind you to close the charging cover tightly.

While the Galaxy S5 safely protected against dust and water to some degree, the IP67 rating doesn’t mean that it’s any more shock resistant than the average smartphone. Dropping it in a puddle, swimming pool or bathtub could be a problem if the force is sufficient to crack the phone or dislodge either of the protective covers. If you work or play with the elements you should consider a ruggedized case for further protection.

We recommend the Samsung for stepping up to the plate and protecting users’ phones from common hazards. This will save many Galaxy S5 users money and a lot of frustration over the next couple of years. With the Galaxy S5, a spilled soda or dust won’t damage your display or smartphone.

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