Mobile service providers are nervous that today’s inauguration won’t be able to handle the demand of cell phone and handheld calls, texts, photos and videos of the event. COWS (Cells on Wheels), COLTS (Cells on Light Trucks) and SatCOLTS (Satellite Cell Sites on Light Trucks) are being sent in to meet the demand. Carriers are also increasing in-building coverage on Capital Hill, along the parade route, the National Mall, and other high traffic areas. Even with the boost, those attending may still get a “no, you can’t” signal and carriers are hoping that users will text instead of making their calls,or taking photos and video.
Update: In fact, this seems to be the case, so if you are catching up on your handheld or cellie, there may be a delay.
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Not only is Cuba now allowing its people to purchase computers and appliances, they will have unlimited, unrestricted use of cell phones. ETECSA should be giving the little people full mobile service sometime this week. Previously, residents had to use other names or workplace to be able to have access. Since it must be paid with foreign currency, it is believed that this will still restrict use by Cubans with big bucks. Still, it is a start since there are limits on foreign travel and Internet access for now.
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