All the evidence suggests: We have been deceived by America and our obedient 'elite' out of car kits and external antennas for mobile phones - and notebooks - in cars, so that they could continue their policy against professional devices in the car and for the propagation of silly 'smartphones' on a global basis. Why external antenna and notebook are preferable to a smartphone.
1 Plea for handheld phone in car kit and external antenna, and (for those who like) notebook connected
1.1 Foreword for your better comprehension of the situation (please do not skip)
After the nowadays globally used GSM system (= 2nd generation/2G digital mobile telephony), developped in Europe, was being introduced early in the 1990s in Europe, the other continents followed swiftly - except the Americas.
At that time, we used to buy our mobile phones not in chain stores or were fobbed off by 'hotlines'. We were being advised in professional communication stores and workshops (german: funkwerkstatt), bought our phones and extras there, and we had it mounted there into our cars. After that, we had a professional mobile communication system: a car kit as our car infrastructure (connected to an external antenna, the car battery, a microphone, a speaker, maybe also other extras like a receiver, a voice-activated dialler, etc), and - connected to it (for those who wanted it) - a notebook (the phone contains a high-speed modem). Because GSM and its successor technologies support simultaneous transmission of voice and data, we so had the same infrastructure on the road as we had at home or the office. That was european quality.
Further to pratical operations: We usually left the notebook inside the car, or we took it with us into the hotel. The phone we either left in its cradle in the car, or we took it along with us. After returning, we put it back into the cradle, and again it was (by being put into the cradle) connected to power, external antenna, microphone, speaker etc, such that we had a full-fledged carphone - but retractable. Superb european quality. Americans can only dream of such things.
Look, this is how our phone cradles looked like until 2003. Observe the antenna contacts (inside the cradles, top left in the 1st photo, top right in the 2nd). Below in the 2nd image, you can also see all the other contacts necessary for this function (which today is being withheld).
One day in 2003 - about the time when 3G (fast data traffic) was being introduced -, all this suddenly wasn't valid any more: Funkwerkstätten closed, only a few remained, and they suddenly refused to deal with private customers. NB: A mobile phone in a car kit and an external antenna is of course not illegal, likewise a connected notebook, even if some of them try to create this impression for you! Instead, intelligent people like you and me were suddenly forced to buy at chain stores, and having ourselves fobbed off in problem situations by that american-developped, un-european, robot-like monstrosity called 'hotline'. And we could not buy professional terminals any more, but silly phone/computer hybrides appearing under the euphemising camouflage name 'smartphone'. Of course, car kits and and external antennas were much harder to come by, because following the american diktat, these silly smartphones - that convert humans in zombies or lemmings - are simply being glued to the windshield inside. This is wrong, technically seen, as your car is a kind of Faraday cage, so it should be equipped with an external antenna. The fact that nowadays everybody does the same doesn't mean it is the right thing. There is rather evidence for the assumption that this is a gigantic case of global brainwashing of the people - european quality was by force (!) replaced by american kitsch, and on a global level. The professsional GSM system was downgraded to some kind of CB 2.0, the formerly professional GSMA downgraded to some kind of mentally slavish (to America) clowns circus.
Some examples confirming the justification of the demand for external antennas:
ACMA = Australian Communications and Media Authority:
The former link has changed, so you can find the text here: page 1 and 2.
Also leading german antenna manufacturer Kathrein - pronounced CUT-rhine - says the same thing:
This is a photo of page 13 of their document Mobilfunk-Antennentechnik, written by Peter Scholz, dipl-ing (= MS) at Kathrein.
Former british network operator Orange - today EE - said this: 'Being connected to an external antenna provides the best signal performance when using your mobile in a car. Using products like the Bury [pronounced BOO-ree] System 9 cradle will enable you to secure and charge your mobile as well as providing a connection to an external antenna.' Totally right. NB: I am not a Bury salesman.
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And to assume that your conversation partner can hear you because you can hear him is a mental short-circut. It may be like that in favourable circumstances, but this is not a law of nature - so there is no guarantee for it.
The government - also the american such - clearly prefers external antennas for communicaton radio purposes:
The question needs to be asked: Why have legendary firms like Nokia or Ericsson, who have a history of traditionally providing the world with quality equipment, supported this development? Why has Wireless@kth-institut - who apparently has made all these ground-breaking developments - have let themselves instrumentalise to dump their own, supreme-value products and instead support the inferior american terminal policy? Mercedes, BMW or Audi (or other european brands) would not abandon their superb products either, just because the american car industry doesn't like them; instead, they sell them offensively on the american market and so successfully push back the american product logic.
I cannot prove it, but based on the chronological coincidence and the fact that one realises, the issue is always being treated as if it were top secret, we have to conclude: This is the result of a horsetrade among the EU and the USA. My assumption: The americans told the EU, if you want to get a foothold in the US and the remaining Americas for GSM and your future developments like 3G (UMTS), 4G (LTE), 5G (NGMN), then you must abandon your professional terminals, and globally (!). We don't want that, because we traditionally have had a clear distance between what the government can do technically, and what private individuals can do. The EU swallowed it, and what started was the propagation of GSM also to the last continent, plus in Europe the complete reconstruction towards american inferiority of our terminals and sales structure. Only: How should it be the USA's (allegedly the 'land of the free') business what good terminals and sales structure we have in Europe? The USA, of all countries, who even today, as the only country, don't know the global standard metric system (including 24 hour clock).
If you think these machinations (as we must assume they are) are wrong, and if you would prefer to decide yourself what to equip your car with, plus maybe opt for notebook-over-phone on the street, then it won't be quite simple today: Due to the consequences of the american impact on the global market, makers of those phone extras that support this solution have had a hard time. I made my own such construction at a time when it still was more or less possible to do it, and I had to make few compromises only. How much of that is still possible today you will have to find out for yourself. If you'd like to try it yourself and would like to have some tips, please keep on reading on the next page.
This was possible when I did it (little appetiser for page 2):