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Cingular to Add 100 Cell Sites in Pennsylvania, southern NJ and Delaware

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  1. jones

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    Cingular Wireless Invests $225 Million This Year in the Philadelphia Region
    Tuesday April 11, 7:00 am ET
    Company Expanding More Coverage and Adding New Services in 2006


    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless, the nation's largest wireless company, is investing $225 million this year in its network to bring customers better wireless coverage and more services throughout Philadelphia, central and northeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.
    Last year the company spent $175 million on network investments, adding 114 new cell sites and integrating AT&T Wireless and Cingular networks. As a result, Cingular customers are experiencing better coverage on a network that handles higher call volumes. The integration process involved choosing the best cell sites from both networks, eliminating duplicate equipment, and combining technologies onto a common network platform.

    "Our customers now have a better overall wireless experience," said Dan Lafond, Cingular Wireless vice president and general manager, Philadelphia region. "Independent drive test results show our dropped call rate is well below the industry's standard here in Philadelphia and across the country."

    Similar drive tests shows that Cingular also has the fewest dropped calls among all national wireless carriers. Cingular will invest more than $6 billion expanding and enhancing its national network this year. When combined with its 2005 network spending, the two-year total approaches $13B to deliver a better wireless experience for customers.

    This year's investment in the Philadelphia region includes the addition of new cell sites, portable and permanent generators. Additionally, the company will soon offer customers a wireless broadband service that will turn the area into a "metropolitan hotspot" providing high-speed access to information and other services at speeds averaging between 400 and 700 kilobits per second.

    In Philadelphia, Cingular Wireless is the only carrier to provide track- level wireless coverage at the Market East and Suburban train stations on SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority).

    Additionally the carrier has unmatched in-building coverage in the follow public venues in Philadelphia and outlying areas:



    - Philadelphia International Airport
    - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    - Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
    - South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Vineland, NJ
    - Campus-wide coverage at Villanova University, including dormitories
    - Campus-wide coverage at Penn State University, including in-building
    coverage throughout the Bryce Jordan Center.


    Network enhancements include the addition of approximately 100 new cell sites this year to expand and improve coverage throughout the region including:


    - Harrisburg/Lancaster: Ten new sites are planned to improve coverage in
    Juniata, Cumberland and Dauphin counties. Lancaster county has sites
    slated for the town of Bainbridge, Cocalico as well as East Drumore and
    Little Britain townships.

    - Northeastern Pennsylvania: Cingular expects to turn on-air 17 new cell
    sites in this area including four in Pike county and four in
    Wilkes-Barre to better serve customers in the popular Poconos.

    - Central Pennsylvania: eight new cell sites are scheduled in
    State College, Northumberland, Trevorton and Loyalsockville and along
    several routes in northern Lycoming county.

    - Philadelphia: As a result of combining the AT&T Wireless and Cingular
    networks customers have access to hundreds of cell sites in the city.
    This year the company has already turned on a new cell site in southern
    Philadelphia. Coverage will also be improved this year in the Borough
    of Norristown.

    - Reading/Allentown: Allentown customers' coverage will improve this
    year with several new cell sites in the Berks county area.

    - South Jersey: Atlantic City will receive new cell sites to improve
    in-building coverage in four popular casinos. Additional coverage
    improvements are planned for East Vineland, Cape May county and
    Mount Holly.

    - Delaware: Six new sites will enhance coverage along the Maryland border
    in Woodland Ferry and Greenville. Additional sites are in the works
    for Milford, Greenwood and in the Wilmington area.
     
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  2. bobolito

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    Airb330, maybe there's some change for you coming?

    By the way, Allentown is not in Berks county!
     
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    I wonder which casino's they are going to improve coverage in? I know the Trop has poor to no coverage in it, and the Borgata is a hit or miss inside. This will be a nice improvment.

    As for the DE sites, I don't know if that will help Airb330, he isn't close to the MD border if I remember correctly.
     
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    I wonder if casinos will try to block coverage or ban usage in the casino. I'd think they would.

    I have had a lot of trouble receiving text messages in Philadelphia. I have spent a long time on the phone with Cingular customer service and even the tech guys could not figure it out. The system was saying messages were delivered when they had not been. The rep told me that there were numerous problem tickets with this particular tower, so hopefully it will be fixed soon!
     
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    Yeah, the Tropicana has no Cingular coverage in it, for the most part. Nextel and Verizon both work there, though.
     
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    That's a double-edge sword. They want to keep people in their casinos as much as possible and if people have to step out to make a call, they run the risk of that customer not coming back in the casino.
     
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    They could use more in WIlmington, they used to suck really bad in our largest city. After integration, they're up to par though. All of the other places, I've heard of, but I've never been to any of them cept Greenville and Milford. Milford is fine, I don't think I've ever been to Greenwood with Cingular, but my mom has, and it worked OK. Greenville is just west of Wilmington, and I had my night class there tonight....excellent Cingular coverage. Seems like Cingular is going to have the most coverage, but yet be less reliable than they should be. Not much help for me really, besides I'm porting out for Sprint SERO.
     
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    I had poor coverage with Nextel last month there, and do remember just after the integration and just prior to Cingular ending the roaming agreement with T-Mobile in NJ, you could roam on T-Mobiles network in the Trop. I do think this is one area they will put a tower to give coverage, I haven't been to the Hilton so don't know how the coverage is there, but can't be much better.
    Ceasar's had decent coverage in the casino & great coveage in the rooms, so they may be looking in this area to cover Bally's & Claridge better as well.

    I agree with bobolito, they haven't been trying to block the signals so far & really doubt they will, the main rule is don't try to use your cell at a table while playing.
     
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    I've had problems as well. I'm not sure if it's on my end though. I think it's T-Mobile. Verizon <--> Cingular works pretty well. I don't text as much as I used to (500 or so a month). Texts used to be 4-500 for $5, now it's like 100-250 for the same price :eek:.

    I'll probably get out to Atlantic City sometime this summer, since I'll be 21. We'll see how Sprint (and VZ on roam) do. My friend with Cingular will probably come as well, so that's 3/5 of the big carriers.
     
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    Depending on the Casino you go to, I know Verizon can be a hit or miss in some as well as Cingular in the casinos I listed above. I can't help you with Sprint though, I don't know anyone with Sprint that I have been down there with.
    Maybe by then Cingular will have their towers up & I remember reading somewhere that Verizon was putting up some towers in the A/C area for casino coverage, so you may be ok by then.
     
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    Sounds good. I figure Sprint will have some good coverage inside a few, and Verizon should have good coverage in a few. Only one friend I know over 21 has Cingular, everyone else has Verizon. I'll be on the lookout in Vegas for improvements in Sprint/VZ. I was highly impressed with Cingular (TM) last time I was in Vegas. You going to the june race in Dover?
     
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    Airb, I know that you cannot find a hotel with poor Verizon coverage anymore in Vegas, starting with a visit of mine over two years ago VZW service was perfect along the strip. Sprint was weak in some hotels like the Aladdin and Luxor to name two of them I think, but I am positively sure that every carrier now works flawless in every hotel. T-Mobile was also weak in some spots of the Aladdin two years ago but I'm sure that's fixed now too. I'll be in Vegas this weekend again so I'll check it out again.
     
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    And why would they ban cell phones in casinos? Casinos are one of the noisiest places you can go anyways.
     
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    Yeah, let me know. Let me know if you see/like anything on the strip. I've been like 5-6 times but this will be my first time being over 21. We're staying at the Excalibur. Ugh, I know, but hey it was the cheapest on the strip in June. Vegas is very expensive this summer. No more $49 rooms at Monte Carlo, etc. We were lucky to get $212 airfare, it's been around $350ish!! I remember in 02-03 Sprint sucked there, but VZ and Cingular were good. I'm sure we'll all be covered. Four people going have Verizon, except me with Sprint and one with Cingular. I'm sure all work great now.

    Bobolito, I know Sports Books in Vegas have banned cell phones. Horse Tracks here in Delaware (also have slots now) allow them still. This was at all the major places the last time I went, which was August 04. Dad liked to bet on horse races. Otherwise, yeah I don't think they care as long as you aren't at a table. And yeah...they're noisy, cdma probably does better I bet.
     
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    I'll be on the lookout for the new sites. Cingular has decommissioned most of its Orange sites in this area. A few are still working - probably in areas where the existing Blue network has weak GSM coverage. I'll try to get some photos of the new sites.
     

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