Let me ask you this, when you are in a remote area trying to make
a call and the cellular reception is either poor or simply non-existent,
who do you blame? Do you blame the phone company for making a
crappy phone, or do you blame it on the service provider for not
having coverage in that area? Do you simply accept the fact that
it's a cellular service and there are going to be dead spots in
areas where the service will be limited due to your remote location?
Well, before you answer that, I'd like you to read a recent post
from CNET blogger Chris Matyszczyk: "After nine dropped cell
phone calls for help, couple dies." He tells an unfortunate
story of an elderly couple who desperately tries to use their cell
phone to call for help after their car becomes stuck in a ditch just
20 yards from their home. Their calls weren't connected and the
lack of help led to their deaths.
What a tragic story and my condolences go out to the couple's
family. It may not be the time to point fingers, but if there was
cellular service in that area, the lives of the couple probably
could have been saved. But should anyone be pointing their
fingers at the cellular provider for not having coverage in that
area? Read up on the story and tell us what you think.
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