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Discussion in 'Southern US Wireless Forum' started by Charles58, Oct 1, 2004.

  1. Charles58

    Charles58 New Member

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    My wife & I will be flying to Miami then driving to Key West for a vacation. Can anyone tell me how Cingular GSM coverage is in the area? Thanks
     
  2. jones

    jones Silver Senior Member
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    If i tell you their coverage is extensive, somebody will say i'm their cheerleader.
    So why don't you tell us after you go there.


    MIAMI, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Having just completed an aggressive upgrade
    to its extensive South Florida network in October, Cingular Wireless today
    unveiled Phase Two of its network expansion plan bringing greater coverage and
    enhanced service to Cingular's growing South Florida customer base. The $40
    million network build-out campaign will add more than 50 new cell sites in
    2004. Counties targeted for the massive expansion include: Broward; Indian
    River; Martin; Miami-Dade; Monroe; Okeechobee; Palm Beach and St. Lucie.
    "Now that our transition to an advanced voice and data network is
    complete, we are focusing our resources on vastly improving coverage,
    particularly in residential areas and in-building locations throughout the
    region," said Rich Guidotti, Vice President and General Manager for Cingular
    Wireless-South Florida. "These improvements will enhance data services and
    fill in coverage to make a great network even better."
    Cingular spent more than $100 million last year implementing an advanced
    GSM/GPRS network and improving coverage and capacity throughout the region.
    GSM is the Global System for Mobile Communications, giving customers the
    latest technology advances, including phones with greater functionality and
    unique features, high-speed data connectivity and superior sound quality. With
    921 million people in 200 countries using this technology, more than 70% of
    the world's total wireless market is GSM. And what GSM delivers for voice,
    GPRS technology delivers for data. GPRS, or General Packet Radio System, is
    an enhancement for GSM that transmits and receives data in packets. It
    provides consumers with "always-on" connectivity and greater bandwidth and
    connection speed -- all from a wireless phone.
    "We have worked for the past 20 years, serving more customers in
    Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-West Palm Beach than any other wireless service provider, and we
    believe our customers chose Cingular because they have the highest expectation
    for their wireless service," said Guidotti. "It's our commitment to make sure
    we deliver this superior level of service and with our no-hassle 15-day return
    policy, customers can experience the difference with total peace of mind."
    In addition to its extensive network campaign, Cingular will continue to
    roll out a number of new initiatives throughout the year to enhance the
    customer experience and the company's customer service systems and procedures.
    These include improving the customer experience at all points of contact - the
    initial sale, service, billing, call center contact and online presence. The
    company will introduce a new simplified bill, self service enhancements on the
    web, and simplified coverage maps and rate plans, just to mention a few.
     
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  3. roamer1

    roamer1 In Memoriam
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    Location:
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    My Phone:
    Palm Treo 680
    Wireless Provider(s):
    lots of orange, a little Little Rock blue
    It's fine...as is pretty much everyone else's coverage. (AT&T TDMA does hand off to Cingular TDMA as AT&T only has GSM in the Keys.)

    -SC
     
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  4. jones

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    The Keys should be fine.

    Cingular Wireless Customers to Experience Improved Coverage from Key Largo to Key West
    Company Adds Five New Cell Sites as Part of 2004 Network Investment to Enhance
    In-building, Residential and High-Traffic Route Coverage

    KEY WEST, Fla., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless customers
    driving along US-1 from Key Largo to Key West should experience improved
    coverage and enhanced service as Cingular today announced it has added five
    new cell sites in the Florida Keys. These new sites increase wireless coverage
    in the area by 20% and have been added to northern Key Largo and the junction
    of US-1 and Card Sound Road, Grassy Key, Key Colony, Big Pine Key, Big Coppitt
    Key and downtown Key West. These sites were added as part of Cingular's effort
    to give customers more consistent access to the Cingular Wireless network
    throughout the Florida Keys. This expansion is part of this year's $34 million
    network expansion and includes the addition of more than 20 new cell sites
    throughout South Florida.

    "We know that our customers' number one priority is being able to make a
    call when and where they want and we are focusing our resources on vastly
    improving coverage, particularly along major routes, residential areas and in-
    building locations throughout the region," said Rich Guidotti, Vice President
    and General Manager for Cingular Wireless-South Florida. "These improvements
    to our Florida Keys network will enhance data services and fill in coverage to
    make a great network even better."
    In 2003, Cingular invested more than $100 million implementing an advanced
    GSM/GPRS network and improving coverage and capacity throughout the region.
    GSM, or Global System for Mobile Communications, gives customers the latest
    technology advances, including phones with greater functionality and unique
    features, high-speed data connectivity and superior sound quality. With more
    than 1 billion people in 200-plus countries using GSM technology, more than
    70% of the world's total wireless market is GSM. And what GSM delivers for
    voice, GPRS/EDGE technology delivers for data. GPRS, or General Packet Radio
    System, is an enhancement for GSM that transmits and receives data in packets
    and EDGE takes it to the next level supporting higher peak data rates.
    Cingular's EDGE data network gives customers in this market who are activated
    on Cingular data-enabled rate plans and obtain EDGE-enabled handsets faster
    speeds when accessing the Internet from a wireless phone or laptop, or while
    sending and receiving digital images. Cingular Wireless was the first carrier
    in North America to launch EDGE in 2003.
    "We have worked for the past 20 years serving our customers in South
    Florida and we believe our customers chose Cingular because they have the
    highest expectation for their wireless service," said Guidotti. "With our
    ongoing network enhancements and the completion of the Florida and nationwide
    GSM network, it's our commitment to make sure we continue to deliver this
    superior level of service our customers demand."
     
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