What's that noise? It's the sound of one guy pounding away at
a keyboard for an hour and change, taking a break only to look up
yet another fact in the 10th tab he's opened in his Web browser ...
Yes, it's time for another Web chat. I'll be taking your questions from 2 to 3 p.m. ET today at washingtonpost.com/technology. So please stop by, or submit a question in advance.
Now, topic A for this week's newsletter: Cell-phone dead
zones. I asked readers in last week's e-letter to tell me where their
phones lose service, prompting about 100 replies. Some
exceedingly detailed -- one woman inventoried every dead zone
she encounters on the highways between Norfolk, Va., and upstate
The point of gathering these reader tips is to help me and my
colleagues assemble the Post's annual guide to wireless phone
plans, which will run in the Sunday Business section later this
month. (Last year's is here.)
Here's a quick summary of the reader reports I received,
broken down by which carrier was involved and which state readers
complained about reception in, but otherwise in no particular
Rock Creek Park, Massachusetts
Avenue NW (at Observatory Circle and at Nebraska Avenue).
Maryland: Temple Hills Road (from
Clinton to St. Barnabas Road), I-270 N. (from Falls Road onramp),
Silver Spring (Dennis Avenue between Sligo Creek and University
Virginia: Leesburg (Edwards Ferry Rd.
between River Creek Pkwy. and Battlefield Pkwy.), Fair Lakes,
Tysons Corner (Route 7 between Tysons and Georgetown Pike), I
-66 (Beltway and Dulles Toll Road interchanges), Reston (20194
Zip code, at the intersection of Lawyers and Twin Branches Roads),
Vienna (near Westwood Country Club).
D.C.: Connecticut Avenue NW (between
Dupont Circle and Cleveland Park), Adams Morgan (blocks around
Maryland: Clinton, Silver Spring (Georgia
Avenue between Connecticut Avenue and Randolph Road), I-270
"all the way to Gaithersburg," Bethesda (Woodmont Triangle).
Virginia: Fredericksburg (Locust Grove),
George Washington Memorial Parkway (between Old Town
Alexandria and the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, and at Fort Marcy),
Fairfax City, Sterling (Potomac Falls neighborhoods), Dale City,
Telegraph Road, Woodbridge.