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T-Mobile or ATT for GSM service in Philadelphia?

Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by Cleophus, Mar 4, 2003.

  1. Cleophus

    Cleophus New Member

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    Currently, I'm considering GSM phone service through either ATT or T-Mobile. Based in the Philadelphia area, which carrier offers the best coverage and service? My primary use will be wireless Internet access through a PDA and a laptop, with occasional voice service, so decent GPRS service is essential. Also, I expect to use the wireless Internet service in NYC at times, possibly other urban markets as well, so I'll be purchasing a national plan.
     
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  2. t720

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    Well...if you are headed off to urban markets, AT&T GSM should be no problem since they cover just about every major city + some other suburban areas outside of them. AT&T and Verizon are known for Philadelphia coverage, and since Verizon has no AT&T GSM, you are left with AT&T. I think there GSM voice quality is phenomonal, and I have yet to use their data (I've only used mMode...[​IMG]). T-Mobile tends to easily lose a signal, or at least, that's the case out here on Long Island. Maybe a true Philadelphia could give you a more accurate answer?

    Just my 2 cents (wow, can you imagine with the amount of people that use that expression, how much money that was add up to?)

    Hope that helps. [​IMG]
     
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  3. njsvrzncdma

    njsvrzncdma i cant stop the ringing..
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    its a widely know fact AT&T gsm is not up to par. Why rule out Cingular they use T-Mobile's network. Did something from them turn you off ?
     
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    You can't activate Cingular GSM in Philadelphia yet, and when you do it will be using Cingular's own towers. I would be surprised if they keep T-Mobile on as a roaming partner in Philly. Cingular TDMA is solid here but big problems will arise if they move to 1900MHz for GSM and don't add new towers. Their current towers were first constructed in the late-80s era of 3-5 watt phones! They have improved since then, but they can't do 1900 here.
     
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  5. Rhow411

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    go with T-Mobile in philadelphia , over AT&T GSM... a couple of friends have T-Mobile and so does my sister and one of my frends has AT&T here in philadelphia that GSM and she has a lot of problems, Tmobile is running GSm in more spots of philadelphia than at&t, and t-mobile saves more money anyways...
     
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    Yeah, T-Mo's been here since the early 90s as Omnipoint. They're in the process of getting approval for 2 spots in Bucks County (Southampton and Lower Makefield). If you're going to go GSM, go with T-Mo because AT&T has always had to borrow Cingular's towers in South NJ and DE since they don't have their own coverage (or licenses to it) there.
     
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  7. Todd0101010

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    My advice is neither. First ATT is too exspensive overall and the new service is very spotty (Hence the great deal for two years only) T-Mobile is bar none the worse company ever. If any problems arise, do not look for them too help you. Also, service is spotty in Chester, Berks and Montgomery Counties. I had so many dropped calls that I gave them $200 to do away. In my opinion, the best thing going in the Philly area is Sprint. If you asked me three years ago what I thought of Sprint, I would had said that the phone only works if you are on a major highway. Not true any more. Service is fantastic almost everywhere. I am amazed. Try going with a Sayno phone which in Sprints world has the best reception. The smartest thing to do is try out the services. I believe all the above mentioned will let you try out the service for two weeks without any downfalls. Good Luck!
     
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  8. cll

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    I have used ATT GSM and TMO in many different parts of Philly and have found both services to be fine. I dont think you would go wrong with either one. The only thing that might sway me to ATT is the unlimited nights are included in their plans. TMO now charges for free nights. TMo CS is a bit flaky but always helpful and responsive. ATT GSM CS has gotten much more efficient this past week.
     
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  9. Jerro

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    Todd, as to Sprint, some of my friends bailed due to holes in central Montco, Fort Washington, Montgomeryville, Blue bell etc.

    Does anyone know who does work in the Chestrebrook community in Chester County near Devon? Verizon is spotty ( bad) there, Cingular is marginal.
     
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  10. RichXKU

    RichXKU Once had +5 dBm RSSI
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    Agreed. Both T-mo and ATT GSM (and TDMA) are dead solid in the philly area. You can't go wrong with either, but I think T-mo is going to have better plans for data.
     
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    AT&T ( TDMA ) is not solid in Eastern Montco.
     
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    Haven't had any problems. I have a 4500 minute plan and yap almost all those minutes all around the Delaware Valley. The only time I lose a signal is off Route 222 near Kutztown and on 176 heading towards Reading. Otherwise 4 bars is the norm. I also use a wireless card for my notebook. I drove all the way to Long Island and did not lose my connection. I even get 4 bars in HoneyBrook area. I update any other down spots but, like I said I think Sprint is the way to go.
     
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    I use ATT...they seem to be expanding the fastest and have GSM voice plans to prove it...I took advantage of their unlimited for 99 plan but I think it's over with now. I save at least 300 a month...they must lose money on me :)!!! As far as T-Mobile, I think they are o.k. I have a lot of friends that switched to ATT though. My input would to be try ATT first you can always swap out within 30 days...just buy the phone from an ATT store. Not an indirect dealer!
     
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    Expanding the fastest, huh; Well T-Monile has already expanded. They are already in all of the places that AT&T GSM wants to be, so the logical thing to do, is get T-Mobile.
     
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    Umm..Ok, whatever you say Aiwapro.
    Cleophus, please, listen to someone who has used their service in your immediate area, ask some of the people you know or who live bye you. I live in Cherry Hill and have tried everything out there, just recently tried AT&T GSM and I had excellent coverage in all of South Jersey and Philly, unfortunately it just wasn't what I wanted. I also gave T-Mobile a shot, coverage is almost nonexistent in south Jersey, hope you don't plan to go to the shore!!!!

    Anyway, the best thing would be to take advantage of their "trial" periods, AT&T gives you 30 days, T-Mobile..like 14 days or something. Go to some of the dealers in you area and see if you can't get a demo or loaner phone, so you don't have to go though the whole "signing up" process. In my opinion At&t would be the way to go, T-mobiles had ample time to get their act together in south Jersey and PA.
     
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  16. bobolito

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    Well, if T-Mo had already expanded where is it? We still can't get a signal where we need it [​IMG] They obviously need to expand more. We live here and know that AT&T GSM is more solid than T-Mobile. AT&T has their own licenses in South Jersey and GSM coverage has been built out. They are not borrowing from Cingular on this one. Cingular also has 1900Mhz GSM coverage in Philly. Their GSM will be on both 850 and 1900.
     
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  17. aiwapro

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    Now there is no need to act like AT&T GSM is more solid and/or bigger than T-Mobile's because we all know it's not. T-Mobile is the biggest GSM provider, case closed.
     
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    Maybe AT&T is not bigger, but it is more solid at least in NJ/PA/NYC. At least we all know what works in this area and what doesn't. Too bad you can't say the same. [​IMG]
     
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    Works great in all the areas I have traveled to, including the areas you listed, and my own area.
     
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