Smartphone Use Makes Cellular Networks’ Collapse a Real Possibility
(Washington Post) — The first thing to go might be your smartphone’s connection to YouTube, with videos becoming increasingly choppy and then one day just failing to download. In your impatience, you decide to scout out the latest posts in the Twittersphere, except that, too, is temporarily down. Your e-mail is stalled, and even a simple text is now too arduous, as the world’s phone networks come crashing down. In the following months, it’s almost impossible to get a lasting connection, even for a voice call.