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People puzzle me indeed. They guys is not an idiot; he is ignorant just like the rest of the masses. Platform-independent Skype with multi-user video conferencing has been around forever but FaceTime locked to a single OS is much more popular. Go figure. And for a modest fee you can used Skype for POTS communications with reasonable great international rates.
And for that matter VoIP (Viber, Burner, etc) has existed for a long time, the main issue/hassle has been integrating it with a direct dial number (POTS). At one point I used SipGate.de with a Sip application on iOS successfully having a local area code and it had free incoming and modest cost for outgoing. SipGate is no longer available to US subscibers.
I guess blame European companies for poor marketing.
"Just to clarify - the iOS hangouts app had VoIP => POTS capabilities before this. I think the Android app is catching up."
Thank you for this. I was wondering what exactly was new for iPhone users. I installed Voice on my iPhone 5 before it was deprecated. And fortunately, it was needed to show incoming. Hangouts on the iOS has never shown me incoming, except as of this change only two days before when I for the first time I received a call on Hangouts.
Also I just checked (within the last 5 mins and after my last check about 1 day before) and both Google Voice and Google Hangouts have updates. Google Voice on iOS is at version 1.6.0 (the last version 1.5.0 came out in Sept 2013) and Hangouts is at version 2.2.0
I'm wondering exactly what's happening here... I guess I still remained perplexed.
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My justification, was not an excuse for "their" behavior. It was merely pointing out how important marketing is to their efforts and how they'd like to get by calling it "broadband"... clearly my point was missed. FWIW, I hate cable internet more than another other ISP, and refuse to use them.
"They" are not Comcast/cable who can provide 10Mbps or higher universally. AT&T and Verizon are stuck with copper line DSL in certain geographies. Even with ADSL2+, the best "they" can "reliably" advertise is 6Mbps.
I say let them have "broadband". The marketing types only have to invent another term, e.g. wideband, ultraband, fastband... speaking of which perhaps I should get out a trademark
People believe what they want to believe. Humans are fallible and will act in their self-interest. The question are:
(1) Is science and are scientists responsible for "explaining" themselves and their discoveries?
(2) Is the scientific community responsible for calling out charlatans that pose to use the scientific method, but don't?
(3) Are scientific discoveries constantly open for debate? And does it make sense to have proper channels for inquiry and discussion, or can anyone jump in?