Thanks for an informative article, Eric. One of the aspects of life in the San Francisco Bay Area I found endlessly amusing was the fact that even the most basic voice connectivity failed multiple times during a standard drive from San Jose to San Rafael using first 280 and then 101. Cell coverage in the States is pretty dire thanks to the brain-dead decision not to use a standard CODEC for all companies (e.g. like the European GSM standard, which makes roaming across networks seamless). As each carrier has to create their own separate network the cost involved inevitably leads to dead zones, even in built-up areas. So it’s not entirely clear to me that paying a significant sum for a new laptop with a 5G connection would make sense given that I would be unable to rely on actually having a network connection even in the most hi-tech connected place in the entire USA.

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