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Cingular 800MHZ GSM Conversion in Colorado Springs

Discussion in 'Western US Wireless Forum' started by jayatmtu, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. jayatmtu

    jayatmtu Junior Member
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    Hi

    I was just wondering if anyone knows if Cingular has begun to convert their 800MHZ network in Colorado Springs over to GSM yet...the 1900mhz there just does not provide as extensive coverage as I would like.

    Thanks

    --Jason
     
  2. azcellphonejunkie

    azcellphonejunkie The Cell Phone Junkie
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    BillRadio would be your best bet for an answer on this one...
     
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  3. WiggyFife

    WiggyFife still knows nothing!!!
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    Will Cingular be converting Phoenix to 800MHZ anytime soon, anyone??? ;)
     
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    I doubt it, they would have to buy out Alltel or Verizon in the Phoenix market.
     
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    never hurts to be inquisitive!!! ;)
     
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    Yes. I would imagine the conversion has come a long way already. The sad thing is that AT&T's 800 MHz network was not up to par, so a complete conversion won't make coverage that much better.

    The conversion for Colorado will be done soon, and then they will hopefully start adding additional sites. Keep in mind, Cingular does not have any 800 MHz licenses south of Colorado Springs (El Paso County). From that point south to Albuquerque, they can only use 1900 MHz.
     
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  7. dingulus

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    Billradio? Beuller? Need help please re. 800MHZ in W. Colorado

    Hi Bill (or whoever can help and is so inclined!),

    I just bought a house up in the mountains between gypsum (ac81637) and basalt (ac 81621) ...between aspen and vail- ish. My neighbor has AT&T service on 800 MHz I think which works okay.

    I need to know who to ask about Cingular 800 MHz equipment that they got from At&T -- is it staying around and can I buy equipment utilizing it? What can I get with any coverage there, etc. I heard that Cingular is moving all to 1900 MHz (wtf?!) and was wondering if it were true? Am worried about losing service as no 1900MHz service works up there... I am okay with any new service, equipment, repeater/booster -- whatever! Just don't want my wife to be up there 10 miles away from town or be up there at all with no communication! And I want to be able to work via phone too...

    Doe's anyone know who I can ask about this? Or does anyone have any recommendations on direction with this issue -- I.E. hardware, service provider, anything? ANY help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  8. agentHibby

    agentHibby Iowa Cellular Guru
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    dingulus, In CO Cingular Blue (AT&T) has 800 MHz Cellular. It is just in the areas were most of the metros are in Colorado. In AZ AT&T nor Cingular has 800 MHz license it is all PCS network 1900 MHz.

    When you have a wireless license you have to use it and build a network so big in the terriory given, if not the FCC can take it away. In a market that a provider has both Cellular and PCS license, Cingular will have a Cellular 850 and PCS 1900 transmitting on the same tower. Verizon is doing this in the markets where they do EV-DO (right now on PCS) in markets that only did 800 MHz Cellular for wireless calls.

    Unless Cingular does a wireless swap with another provider they will not get rid of 800 MHz or 1900 MHz in any areas.

    800 and 850 are the same band
     

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