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Originally posted by TMJ1972
reply to post by DeadSeraph
i'm not too deep into the technical stuff regarding cell phones, but this happened to me a few times too, when i used a GSM phone.
Not exactly like described always having a messed up conversation right from start, but often when i entered an area with significant, but not ultimate loss in signal strenght (so i guess)
for example i'm used to phone in a 20 story building with a GSM megacell station right on the roof, operated by the same provider i have subscribed to.
As a matter of fact the signal strength directly below the antenna is a tricky issue. The buildings superstructure transports the HF signal a good portion, but below the 2nd story the signal becomes somewhat weakened or subject to modifications, reflections and whatever else.
So sometimes when i below 2nd floor i'm used to have this sort of alien talk too.
Lets try to shed some light into the details (as i think they work):
Once having a connection established it basically means that you have not a standard voice line like in good old times with your old-fashioned phone anymore, but an encrypted data-connection established.
The analog pendant of a wireless phone would start becoming messed up with noise. The weaker the signal the more intense the noise you can hear.
Loss of signal GSM-style means the data-transmission gets faulty and phone and station you are booked into start making use of extra-bits within your signal trying to replace faulty bits in the transmission.
We call that an error-correction algorithm.
Aside with the voice-data phone and station exchange telemetry about the connection itself, in a way that the GSM-phone can actively try to send with higher power, or changes station if possible (handover)
all this happens without you knowing, and you not even get aware if a handover to another station takes place.
Its my personal believe, that this connection-control data has more bits in its error-correction than the voice data, and could possibly get better and more efficently restored than the voice data.
As a result you do a call in an area with weak signal. Your phone bahaves like normal, except the voice is digitally messed up and sounds VERY alien, because the error correction could not restore it to a point you would hear it as normal voice.
The control-data may still run fine, and must run fine since keeping the connection is more important as its content, from technical viewpoint.
In this scenario the loss of voice-data happens at the location of just ONE of both involved phones, and while you mentioned your girfriend is using an iphone .. uhm... the iphone has been in the media for having a faulty antenna, so its much likely that your girlfriend is going to have alien conversations more often than you.
maybe its helpful to change provider or phone ?
As i said i do have conversations like that often. which once let me change my provider which has its station on another roof, thus granting a better coverage of the building i hop around in.
Originally posted by gimme_some_truth
Did it sound like this? Some iphones had a problem with that...I forget what caused it.... If that is it, tell her to take it to the apple store.
The people in this video have a similar story... before the person connected.... it started doing this. it is weird...It even sounds like it is breathing at times and almost seems to respond when you talk...Was just a weird glitch though.
edit on 24-8-2011 by gimme_some_truth because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by LifeInDeath
Sounds like a crossed signal and you had a bad connection. The person on the other line might have been hearing you fine, which is why they were forming sentences, possibly responding to whatever you were saying, but you couldn't hear them properly because the signal was bad. It can sound really weird when this happens, like some sort of weird metallic voice or some such, but it's nothing, just newfangled digital interference or synchronization problems.
Crossed signals, where you accidentally connect with the wrong phone when you are calling someone or someone is calling you is rare, but it does happen. Happened to me a few weeks ago when my friend tried to call me. We each got connected to two other people by mistake.