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    Default T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    I've been monitoring a long thread on HoFo, and now that most of the details seem to be correct, here's a summary of a new initiative, in Denver and Las Vegas only at this time. It is similar to the one-year program that just ended in Hawaii - they had a guarantee as well. Anyway, here's the rules, supposedly:

    Talk or Walk is a new market Test for customers residing in:
    Las Vegas Market
    Denver Market
    With Talk or Walk, we are guaranteeing our coverage for these customers. We are giving our customers a realistic view of our coverage before they sign up so we can set the right expectations. The Talk or Walk guarantee includes the following components.

    Existing customers can cancel service due to COVERAGE ISSUES without paying an Early Termination Fee. (NOTE: Handset Issues are not a valid waiver of ETF reason.)
    New customers can cancel service due to COVERAGE ISSUES without paying an Early Termination Fee. (NOTE: Handset Issues are not a valid waiver of ETF reason.)
    New Customers can return their original equipment upon the cancellation of service within 120 days of activation
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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    Either TMOicon has installed a lot of new towers in those two markets, or they're giving up the ghost to Cingular and VZW.

    I'd be curious to see the full details of this new program - particularly if TMOicon will require any proof that a coverage issue exists, or if they'll simply take the customer at their word...
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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    They better be careful before launching this nationwide. Or else we'll see T-Mo's churn skyrocket!

    Honestly, I don't think this will pass the testing stage. They are pretty smart to launch this in flat areas like Las Vegas where supposedly the T-Mobileicon/Cingular venture has one of the best networks. Why not try it in places like NYC/NJ? I guess it is too risky, right? Let's see:

    Just compare coverage in Las Vegas on the left and see how solid the green is all over it and then look at and North NJ/NYC on the right....all full of HotSpots!

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    Question Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    OK so this Talk or Walk I take it is T-Mo's Push to Talk?

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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    LOL! That's what I thought when I saw the title. However, when I read Matt's post I realized it has nothing to do with Push To Talk.
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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    I don't know any other details. It will be interesting to see how it is enforced, especially in the gray areas on the NYC/NJ map, for example, because there is *some* coverage there, although probably outdoor only.

    Bobo - I posted the following on Hofo - my thoughts regarding churn is that it won't alter it significantly long term. IMO, if they let all 16 million customers quit tomorrow without ETF, many would because of coverage. However, most of them are probably just waiting out their contract anyway and would quit when their contract expired. (only one-year with T-Mo on any plan) .So it might be a short term bump in churn but overall, not a big deal. People like me (and many others, contrary to getting all your T-Mo assumptions from looking at a coverage map ) aren't going to quit anyway.

    Talk or walk only refers to coverage issues, nothing else.
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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    Actually, I was posting the map just to illustrate what in real life I experienced in terms of coverage on the shared T-Mo/Cingular network...

    Also, in my own experience, the gray areas there isn't really any outdoor coverage. Signal in the -106dB to -110dB range is useless because T-Mo's network is set to drop calls at -106dB in this area, not to mention phones will have a hard time finding a tower at this signal level. In some of the light yellow areas all of my phones still had trouble keeping the link to the network, and even when it kept the signal, just placing a phone call was difficult because as soon as I placed the handset in my ear, the signal would fade and it would break up or disconnect. Again, that's useless.

    The only places where you get real coverage is in the bright yellow or green areas, and the maps are very consistent with my extensive driving though North NJ. However, any indoor coverage is only found in places where you see green. Yellow offers acceptable coverage outside, but inside it usually dies unless you stand by a window, thanks to the way 1900Mhz behaves. If you want reliable indoor coverage, you need to be in the green areas.

    As you can see, a great job was done in Las Vegas since it is all solid green. You don't see a solid green in NJ.
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    Exclamation Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    So I take it that T-Mobileicon is saying their network is equal to or better than the other providers in these markets where this is offered?

    I do agree something like this they better be prepared. Sprinticon has done alot of dumb things that costed them high turnover. Hope this don't happen to T-Mobileicon.

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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    Nice gesture on T-Mobileicon's part. I wonder how long it will last, and if it makes its way on a national front. We'll see.....
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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    They probably just look at how much the customer uses. I have had people complain to me because they cannot use our service at their home but use 3,000 minutes or more... sorry, we're not going to let you out of your contract because you may or may not be able to use the phone at your home, you're obviously using it somewhere. I'm betting T-Mobileicon will have a similar policy. You would have to quantify "COVERAGE ISSUES" somehow... maybe a field tech would visit the area and determine if the customer has "COVERAGE ISSUES." I don't know, it's great from a comsumer standpoint but I'd hate to work in T-Mobileicon's retention department.
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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    Trust me, field techs won't need to visit areas to see how coverage is. All carriers know exactly where their weak/dead spots are.
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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    Quote Originally Posted by bobolito
    Actually, I was posting the map just to illustrate what in real life I experienced in terms of coverage on the shared T-Mo/Cingular network...

    Also, in my own experience, the gray areas there isn't really any outdoor coverage. ... In some of the light yellow areas all of my phones still had trouble keeping the link to the network, and even when it kept the signal, just placing a phone call was difficult because as soon as I placed the handset in my ear, the signal would fade and it would break up or disconnect. Again, that's useless.
    I disagree with your assessment of gray areas, based on my experience with them in Virginia. I get outdoor coverage in those areas where I live. I could post a map of my area if you like, but.....I think we will agree to disagree here. The grey areas can be marginal, but for the most part I don't have problems in a car, or with handoffs. Obviously, the coverage is better in the green.
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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    Alls I know is that I told a friend of mine who lives in the Denver market about this, and her exact response was "YIPEE!" She's been waiting for the opportunity to dump TMOicon, because her coverage has been horrible.
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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    Las Vegas is very well covered by the Cingular/TM network. I'd have one of them there. Regarding TM in my area, they are expanding, and should match Sprinticon PCS's coverage sometime. I still enjoy how my hometown (19977) is a total dead spot on their maps, they definitely lost a tower in their database.
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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt
    I disagree with your assessment of gray areas, based on my experience with them in Virginia. I get outdoor coverage in those areas where I live. I could post a map of my area if you like, but.....I think we will agree to disagree here. The grey areas can be marginal, but for the most part I don't have problems in a car, or with handoffs. Obviously, the coverage is better in the green.
    Then it probably depends on the area or map innacuracies. I've seen some RARE areas where it is gray in the map but I get full signal when I go there, so go figure. However, for the most part, whenever I see gray, I go there and lo and behold, my phone has no bars.

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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Airb330
    Las Vegas is very well covered by the Cingular/TM network. I'd have one of them there. Regarding TM in my area, they are expanding, and should match Sprinticon PCS's coverage sometime. I still enjoy how my hometown (19977) is a total dead spot on their maps, they definitely lost a tower in their database.
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    Because we are special..

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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    Quote Originally Posted by bobolito
    Because we are special..
    Indeed.

    Bobolito, least the maps are valid for your area. I still cannot beleive they just lost a site in their database. I haven't gotten to test my friends TM v180 out much. But, I know with Sprinticon, I get coverage in many of the areas that are white with T-Mobileicon....but Sprint and T-Mobileicon are on the same tower. The coverage should spread out farther than it does, at least in my area it should.

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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    You're not the only one. I've noticed a couple of sites missing in my area map.

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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    Funny thing is....last year, the site was on the maps. I know it's working still, or my friend wouldn't get any signal in town, which is just false.

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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    There are holes on my maps too. Maybe I'll make some new ones sometime...
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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    Quote Originally Posted by bobolito
    Because we are special..
    I didn't ask why.....I asked How ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt
    There are holes on my maps too. Maybe I'll make some new ones sometime...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizam76
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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    Quote Originally Posted by bobolito
    They better be careful before launching this nationwide. Or else we'll see T-Mo's churn skyrocket!

    Honestly, I don't think this will pass the testing stage. They are pretty smart to launch this in flat areas like Las Vegas where supposedly the T-Mobileicon/Cingular venture has one of the best networks. Why not try it in places like NYC/NJ? I guess it is too risky, right? Let's see:

    Just compare coverage in Las Vegas on the left and see how solid the green is all over it and then look at and North NJ/NYC on the right....all full of HotSpots!


    T-Mobileicon must be getting really desperate. I agree with Bobo that they need to be VERY CAREFUL if they launch this nationwide because it will be a sure thing that people will leave T-Mobile in the dust if given that chance.
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    Default Re: T-Mobile to launch "Talk or Walk" no ETF for coverage issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt
    You gotta have the right "connections"
    I guess shizam didn't get the hint from my answer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobolito
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