Hmmm, lousy 3G internet access today. And furthermore I know the reason.

Google Maps on my phone can show me my location even without GPS, by triangulating between nearby mobile masts. Previously it’s put me a few streets away: not bad, within half a km or so. But last night, I noticed it put me several klicks downriver – and the position kept changing, flickering between two sets triangulated co-ordinates a number of postal districts apart.

What this means is that whatever mobile mast used to be closest to my house has been out of commission – either under repair, or taken away altogether. Which is kicking my mobile access down to GPRS speeds; the web feels like the mid-nineties. If it’s the latter, I need a new phone provider.

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