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AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY service grading

Discussion in 'Western US Wireless Forum' started by KevinJames, Nov 14, 2001.

  1. KevinJames

    KevinJames WA's 1st retired mod
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    Looks like he gave Nextel the lowest ratings.
     
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    The Ratings pages at Mountain Wireless now give much better 'grades' to Nextel, especially for local service. They have come a long way in upgrading their network, especially in urban areas. The reason they still aren't at the top of the overall ratings is that they are still a somewhat expensive service for the average or casual user.

    We use Nextel at work, but mostly the Direct Connect feature. Any input on coverage, customer service or features would be appreciated.

    -BillRadio@mountainwireless.com
     
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    Hi Bill, I remember when I first went to your website back in November, Ihave to admit, I was alittle shocked on the rating you gave Nextel. I've been a very "Happy" Nextel customer for about two years now, I live in Northern Arizona and the coverage with Nextel is great in this area. I don't know if you've ever been in this area...? but it is hard to find good service, my uncle a longtime At&t customer had to switch to Nextel because At&t has very spotty coverage thewout Arizona, even downtown Phoenix.I'm not sure how you base your score's but, one things for sure, you can't base it off their coverage map's. I have service in alot of places that are not shown on their coverage maps, their alittle slow in that area and I think Nextel's finally starting to cater to the personal user. Have you seen some of their new plans...? Well anyway, if you have any questions regarding Nextel in the Arizona market I'd be more than happy to assist. Thanks,Rich


    Oh yeah, one more question, how can Voicestream have almost the same amount of coverage(National plans) as Nextel..? Thats impossible...LOL
     
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    Bill,

    You have a great site there. I have to say I'm a little surprised that you only gave Sprint a 5 for coverage in Las Vegas. In just the past 8 months they have added 9 new sites around town and the coverage there is A-1. Seriously I have a full signal everywhere I go. I don't see how it could get be any better.

    -Larry
     
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    Rich,
    You're right, AT&T gets low marks for their AZ system, partly because of their PCS frequency. It's not inferior, it just needs to be built up more. But if you consider their network when you LEAVE AZ, their ratings get better.

    If you are in N. AZ, I see that Verizon and Alltel are about the same except for around the Navajo reservation, where Alltel has coverage and Verizon doesn't. How does Nextel compare to them? Coverage all the way to Page, and the Rim? Is it connected all the way down 17?

    My experience in AZ is from NM, through Winslow to Kingman, then down to Quartzite and back. Other years it is to Flag, then south through Sedona, Prescott, Phoenix, then Rocky Point, then Tucson, then back to NM to Deming.

    I never lose Verizon except south of Gila, and I don't(can't) take a company Nextel on the road.

    Nextel=Voicestream? Yes, that is a bit odd. But they have much in common. They are a 'closed' network (no rural/analog roaming), and they both have a handful of markets they just don't serve yet. In Denver, Voicestream's towers just happen to go farther down the road than Nextel's, but Nextel's superior signal fills their areas better. So they are not equal, but are equally different.

    -Bill Radio
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    Larry,
    I agree Sprint works very well in LV. But they are spotty in the 'burbs. I can understand, LV is growing so fast.

    But also Sprint doesn't have as good coverage in casinos as AT&T and Verizon. Does Sprint deserve a "7" like them? Not yet. So are they more of a "6"? Maybe, but are they better than Nextel? Not yet.

    The numbers are so subjective. Your input about Sprint's strong points are very welcome. LV is a good market for these carriers because there is so little competition. In some markets, Sprint is not adding sites, which also hurts their ratings.

    -Bill Radio
     
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    Bill,

    Just curious when was the last time you tried Sprint in Las Vegas? They have just recently, in the past two months added new cell sites in the burbs as well as around the casinos. I was just there two weeks ago.

    Larry
     
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    Hi Bill , Well you know your stuff thats for sure...needless to say I live in Prescott,Az and I do ALOT of traveling. I can give you info based off my own personal experiences, so it seems Nextel's got the upper hand in the tri-citys area (Prescott,Prescott Valley,Chino Valley) since they have some towers in key locations i.e. Mingus Mountain, Williamson Valley, Sprint and Verizon have been pursuing those two key locations for quite sometime now. They supposedly don't want anymore towers going up in those areas, as for i17, There's not one company that has complete digital coverage even with analog, the terrain makes it almost impossible. I have great service on Highway 89A, from Prescott to almost Ash Fork, Verizon and Sprint both in analog roam. On i40 West towards Kingman, about 20 to 30 miles outside of Kingman I have service, continuous all the way up Hwy 93 to Boulder City, excellent service in Bullhead City and as far south as Parker,Az just south of Lake Havasu City, ok back to my area. I have great service on Hwy 169 from Prescott Valley to i17, ok service from i17 to Hwy 179, then great service from Hwy 179 all the way into Sedona, there's service in Cottonwood,Jerome and Verde Valley just name a few. Alright, service surrounding the Phoeinx area....I have service from i17 to carefree Hwy all the way to Wickenburg including lake pleasant, spotty coverage from just outside Fountain Hills on Hwy 87 to payson, great service in payson. From Phoenix on i10 complete service all the way to L.A CA. Well I hope this info helps some....? Please feel free to ask me anything about Nextel in Arizona and surrounding areas. Thanks,Rich
     
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    Rich,
    That's impressive! Some of those areas I thought were ignored by carriers, like Jerome. I have relatives in Humbolt, and I was pleased to see coverage there, but saddened to see no coverage on I-17. I think I was using Sprint that time, but roamed OK on Verizon analog.

    I love driving down 'the Rim', but as i look around, i tell myself, there's no way they can stick a cell tower in here without spoiling the view. Down the road, I can't help but think they could disguise a cell as a cactus!

    -Bill Radio
     
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    Hi Bill, I know ...even I was surprized to see coverage in Jerome,Sprint just put a tower there too. Also, I spoke with Sprint's site developer for Northern Arizona and they are planning to have complete coverage down i40 by the end of next year, same goes for Nextel.
     
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