"Hi, I'd like a large barbecue chicken pizza with extra—*fzzt* oni *asjkhwakj* no *kssshh*" CALL FAILED. What just happened here? With all of today's modern wireless technology, why do cellphones still pull this crap?
For all the miraculous things we're able to do with phones now—tell 600 Twitter followers unpleasantly intimate details of our lives, for instance—it's amazing what's still missing: Universally excellent reception. Without enough bars, your phone becomes a shiny, useless brick. We've already explained how cell towers basically work. Now, we're gonna talk about how the invisible fairies who carry your voice and data between the cell site and your Moto RAZR actually do their jobs.