Cellular mobile signal boosting jugaad solution.

Solution to boost signal

It had been a week of cellular discomfort. Too many mobile service providers and too little service. Vodafone continue to render lip service by telling me that my phone is not reachable. They want my alternate number. Shameless people did not pause to think that if my phone is not reachable, it could be their problem. Perhaps they know the technical problem and know that it can not be solved without making infra-structural changes.
Anyway my problem is two-fold. One that Data services drop and rather stop altogether at any time or any place. That appears to be part of spectrum problem which Vodafone is unable to solve on its own and has asked the Government of India to allot additional spectrum. Second problem is that in certain part of my office, even when phone shows 3/4th strength, incoming callers ger a message that the phone is ‘not reachable’ Continue reading

The ideal Mobile phone with ideal features.

Mobile manufacturers are churning out new models of mobile everyday. New technological barriers are broken. Faster processors, gleaming display, niche looks and often larger display. I wonder if they cared to actually ask the consumer what they want? At least no one ever contacted me despite the fact that I am tired of receiving tele-marketing calls.  Not a single call professing to survey for mobile phone features, has been received.
My presumption is there is no survey and phones are being churned out to resemble last successful product(s) but with some hardware changes. Software mostly untouched. A natural corollary would be that success of Samsung and Iphone is more a matter of chance of novelty of ‘touch screen’ than anything substantially material.
Therefore we have decided to document our requirements for a smartphone. Here is the list of expected features: Continue reading

Telephone rings……..Sorry! Wrong Number.

The menace of wrong numbers.

Operator assisted calls are a history:

Canon / Bell & Howell Dial 35

Canon / Bell & Howell Dial 35 (Photo credit: bcostin)

Telephone has been around for nearly a century. It started with manual connections, where different operators used to complete the link by connecting through respective boards. The privacy was neither the issue nor the policy. Important urgent matters were quickly taken care off.

Analogue Telephone Exchanges

That era of operator assisted calling gave way to analog dialing. This was the most nightmarish experience for telephone users. The exchanges were unreliable. Dialing a number would more often than not would result in a connection to wrong number. Everyone knew it yet no one believed. One could pick up a ringing phone only to hear intimate details of some gossip from other side. The caller would often fail to bother about verification of the number called and would start talking like

You know you were right, that bi**h did call on me today and she was asking me to do ………..just as you told me

The wrong number would become an interesting gossip. Often wondering who the caller was and whom did he/she called? what it was all about?

Digital Age

The era of technical wrong number dialing is almost over. Now only human error results in wrong number. Some one keeps pressing a digit too long or noting down a wrong number. Due to former reasons, the number having repeated digits get more wrong number than the other. another reason for dialing wrong number is due to hip dialing or something like that. Which means pressing of buttons of mobile phone due to squeezing of pocket or purse or carry bag etc.

I received both type of calls today. The one who called on land line was very cautious, he did not speak a word without seeking confirmation of name. He was calling some Rahul. I neither had intention to deceive him nor the reason but he should not have called the name. In my experience, most of the people are not able to recognize the metallic voice over telephone. They should be more cautious.

The other call was on my mobile from an unsaved number. The caller was talking rather bargaining with a vegetable vendor. I could listen to and learn some bargaining lesson but I had some less important matters to attend to. Hence I disconnected. Mercy fully the call was not repeated.

Why we can not be little careful in our actions. Small carefulness can make life easy for others. This disturbance by wrong numbers, over and above, telemarketing calls causes unnecessary irritation. This is more so, for the people who are chasing some mission in life. I have seen people losing temper over phone, just because caller is a wrong number or a telemarketer. It is not just a problem of etiquettes alone. Small irritations can have wide ripple effect which can not be easily imagined. Let me be careful with my calls from today. That is one beginning. Hopefully there shall be more.

© Sandeep Bhalla

I miss the surveillance! Please tap my phone again?

Little BugFew months ago I was approached by relatives of a person arrested and lodged in Jail with request to represent him. There were severe, albeit contradictory allegations that he had active links with terrorists. His arrest and other events are a different story which is documented elsewhere. Here I share my experience of benefits from phone tapping.
The moment I had a few telephonic calls with these relatives, whose phone were under surveillance (a euphemism for tapping), my phone was also tapped. A few hours later my associate’s phone were also tapped.

How we discovered the tapping?

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Love equals mobile…


Every year thousands of people die in accidents with motor vehicles and their dependents after pursuing legal battles in courts for years and sometime for decades get compensation for their loss. One head of compensation is ‘Loss of love & affection’. Always a meager sum of say  Rs. Ten thousand to forty thousand is awarded. Going by the principle of precedent it is now settled that cost of love is equivalent to the price of not very expensive mobile phone. So love and affection is equal to mobile phone. No wonder children want a new mobile every year if not six months.