That said, Gaberlunzie did see that all is not forlorn. At the Kyle of Lochalsh (left) there is care for your computer (and hi-fi). While, half an hour away, across the bridge to Skye visitors will be relieved to know that there is a genuine Intenet cafe, though according to the gossip, some of the iPads might really have trouble there with weak wi-fi signals.
The New York Times notes that AT&T blames a shortage of cellphone towers near homes and business for poor connections, and for a price is offering a mini cell tower. a line of femtocells devices designed to help AT&T customers get better reception inside buildings, as well as faster overall speeds. Described as being “like having a cell phone tower in your home”, the 3G MicroCell is the first such publicly-tested device of its kind.
MicroCells cost $150, appear to be only offered in certain US areas and are stirring resentment from customers, who feel that they are already paying for a service they are not receiving.
Someone, somewhere really needs to work this one. For Scottish cellphones which cannot get reception, sometimes internal aerials work, but in general, changing your cell phone service provider to the Number One for masts throughout Scotland is the most reliable route.
It's curious how an enormous global market can exist worldwide from Upper East Side, Manhattan in the US, to a crofting community in Skye or (hang in there) Barra, and still not have come up with a solution.
It's like the pot of gold at the foot of rainbows.