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Atlanta, GA VERIZON or SPRINT, help please..

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  1. joncrx

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    I am new to the ATL and I currently have verizon. I use the blackberry pearl and I saw sprints new plan would save me almost 70 a month, however service quality and network coverage is important. Can anyone enlighten me on which service is best for Atlanta? Thanks.
     
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    i had a friend living up there that had sprint and he couldnt even talk on his phone in his apartment, i have ATT and i had 4 Bars with 3G service...
     
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    I'd stick with Verizon, or go for AT&T. Atlanta is AT&Ts home turf, so they have some of the best coverage is the area. Verizon has great coverage there as well. Most of the time when I call family members in the area with Sprint, they have to call me back on a land line, cause it isnt really clear. My aunt hates it and will be going to either T-mobile or AT&T when her contract expires in june.
     
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    I travel to Atlanta often with my Verizon phone and I haven't had any issues with the service. I added my mom and aunt (both live in Atlanta) onto my plan and they haven't complained about Verizon service either. I haven't regretted switching my service from AT&T (blue) to Verizon :)

    I only know a few folks with Sprint and their experiences vary wildly. My dad loves Sprint and he hasn't had any issues with them (probably because there's a Sprint site across the street from his apartment). My best friend has a so so experience... she has calls dropping at the weirdest times. I haven't had Sprint since 2005, so I am going to withhold any judgement since technology changes so quickly.
     
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    yep, exactly
     
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    I suggest going with with Verizon then AT&T . Sprint , T-mobile, and MetroPCS are soley 1900mhz and have plenty of coverage problems .
     
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    any reason as to why? sometimes it helps people to know why you suggest something
     
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    FYI - inherent limitations of 1900mhz signal -

    see- 850/900/1800/1900


     
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    ATT uses 850 and 1900 both in Atlanta. im not 100% but i believe Verizon is 1900 in ATL and 850 outside of it.
     
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    NO verizon and att have 850 there.
     
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    ok yea i was thinking that was possible i knew someone could correct this :) thanks
     
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    Yes... Verizon has some 1900 as well but they use it for data... AT&T has both as well but in Coweta County (just south of Atlanta along i-85), it's 1900 only as AllTel and Verizon have the 850 licenses.
     
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    Just because a company is PCS only in an area doesn't mean that it will have coverage problems... A well built out PCS network can be just as good as a cellular network... Its probably all about distance and capacity. The companies have to work a little harder at it and spend extra money.
     
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    don't forget some of the valdosta area where att has 850 i believe..i cant remember which all county's down there but its a few, correct me if im wrong but i thought i saw it on one of the maps. i think it was from an acquisition cingular made awhile ago.

    but yea generally most of GA they are 1900 only, that is true.
     
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    No, Alltel has the 800 mhz license for Valdosta, GA.
    I was just down in SE Georgia on 3/15/2008.
    Coverage was great from Alltel in Savannah / Tybee Island and all along I-95 through Brunswick, and into Jacksonville, FL.
    Great coverage from Alltel in Jacksonville / Jax Beach as well (Alltel has a 1900 mhz license in NE Florida).

    This is Alltel's (licensed) map in Georgia.
    Alltel has 800 in all blue areas on this map of Georgia, and the cities / areas labeled are covered.
    The rest of Georgia, AT&T has the 800 mhz licenses in white on this map:


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    Wirelessly posted (Quint's Pearl: BlackBerry8130/4.3.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/105)

    Actually, they both have 850 licenses in Valdosta. AT&T got theirs from USCellular, in a swap/buyout back in 2004. AllTel has the B side and AT&T has the A side in that area. Verizon has only 1900 in this area... They haven't officially launched service yet, but they have an exchange there... They haven't had any service there until recently.
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Quint's Pearl: BlackBerry8130/4.3.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/105)

    Also, AT&T is 1900 only from an area/region from Newnan, Columbus, Albany, and Thomasville... and in East/SE Georgia (Augusta and the coast)
     
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    yep

    you are so correct on that. it also extends into some other areas down there but i forget.

    sounds like you are definetly doing your hw haha
     
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    it helps that I live in the area where the buyout and swap took place lol... AT&T Wireless had the coolest prepaid service called gophone... I would probably still have it if Cingular didn't impose their mandatory auto pay on the monthly plans.lol Their 850 license covers Valdosta, Waycross, Moultrie, and Tifton along with the Florida panhandle...
     
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    yea i live outside of the area but knew about that buyout.


    sorta how verizon bought out Price to get most of the good coverage they have in GA also
     
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    When it comes to this I would trust Quint very highly as he knows the area very well and it from there.
     
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    yea quint is a good guy.
     
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    I am going to blush now lol. :D
     
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    Well Verizon and at&t are the two biggest wireless company's out there, of course i am not going to say at&t sucks because i work for them, also not to get off subject but verzion has been around since 1997 (i think) , but at&t has been around since 1885 beating all wireless companys by over 100 years!!!
     
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    lol. never heard it put that way
     
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    Thank You for that historic breakdown! That is exactly why the OP should choose at&t over Verizon in Atlanta! :rolleyes:
     
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    haha...


    yea but what i was mentioning in the other thread is the sheer amount of time ATT has been in Atlanta through name changes and acquisitions.

    Bellsouth Mobility was one of the first wireless companys in Atlanta in the late 80s early 90s and was based there. Bellsouth landlines and wireless split leaving Cingular and Bellsouth seperate (until recently).

    Atlanta is still a HUGE hub for ATT employees and network and is consider prime ATT real estate, it basically was their headquarters city up until the joining and creation of "the new att" which is based out of San Antonio.

    I suppose my point is that these are the main reasons why their coverage is so good in Atlanta, is because it had to be because of its significance and its customer base that has been there and had them for 10-15years.

    hope that this is a more specific reason as to why they may be better. im sure either company is a good choice. good luck on making your decision :)
     
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    I thought that the AT&T wireless division is still based in Atlanta and all everything else is out of San Antonio... They have their building off Ga 400 near the city...
     
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    yea this is so.

    i was just saying the official headquarters is san antonio.

    technically the landline and wireless are both still out of ATL...so yea your correct. its an important hub, on of the most so, and they treat it that way as well. everytime i visit there im always bewildered by how well the network up there works when the network where i am can be sorta eh lol...but im sorta on the edge of sticksville.
     
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    i would still go with Sprint or at&t:)
     

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