"iOS devices will use WiFi for ephemeris data too. "
Well, you may have noticed that no cellular carrier will ever give any customer any more technical data than the address of their billing office. Ergh, Post Box. Wouldn't want the angry villagers to storm the real castle.<G>
"You're right - but few phones have the style any longer. Just for fun, try grabbing it hard with your fingers wrapped around the antenna ..."
One reason why I really try not to DROP the old phone
anymore. I'd like a big screen
and location-based services and high speed data and wifi, but I find the new phones to be overpriced and, worse, slapdash rushed to market with flaws.
"...Antenna design is a black art " Not really. There ARE books
about this stuff, and engineering societies, and microwave communications
was around for ages before cell phones. I'm fairly certain that the problem is not the black art, but the accountants shooting down "proper" design and the glamrock whizkids who chant "Pretty pretty Shiny shiny!" and drive the market from both ends.
Maybe what we need is a USN purchasing
standard for cell phones, banning all cell phones from military vessels and bases and active duty pesonnel unless they meet certain performance criteria. You know, the same way that a USN standard gave us the 12-volt automotive standard, without passing any "laws" to do it?