There should be an image here!It’s one of those things we take for granted. On our mobile phones, we see bars, and we expect service. Makes sense for the most part. But as it turns out there may be a lot more going on here than meets the eye.

The WSJ has a piece pointing out that there is actually no real set standard from which to base the “bars.” In fact, they could end up meaning whatever the carrier wants them to. So carrier X could very well be lying to us in claiming that, because you have more bars, you are going to be having a better experience.

Now in truth, the word is those bars on our phones represent different things depending on the phone and the carrier. So it would be like having a lack of standards for the power in a computer component. You go to plug in a device and different brands of the same device perform differently depending on what is involved. You can see how this can be a problem.

With any luck, this will sort itself out sooner rather than later. In the meantime, I will continue not putting much stock in the bars on my phone. Seems that unless they are solid all the way across, it’s a bad scene no matter what.

[Photo above by conskeptical / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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