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"Mini" report on Sprint Coverage

Discussion in 'Sprint Forum' started by AnthroMatt, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. AnthroMatt

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    Drove up to Vegas on Friday and came back last night...stayed in the Fourm Tower at Caesar's Palace. My room was on the side facing away from the Strip, about 10 floors up. No usable Sprint signal at all. Calls dropped 100% of the time, often within 15-30 seconds of connecting. T-Mobile worked flawlessly (my gf has a TM blackberry thru work) in the room and I would like to thank TM for saving my butt, as I had an important call to make on Friday night.

    I didn't drive the "normal" way from PHX to Vegas...decided to to something different. Along I-40 from just west of Needles (in CA) to the AZ SR-95 exit (toward Lake Havasu City) Sprint sucked again. Calls dropping left and right. Once I got off the 40, I placed and held a call from the exit until about 2 miles north of Lake Havasu, about 15 miles.

    Of course, the fancy new Sprint coverage indicator shows "excellent" coverage in both areas where I constantly dropped calls. I can be a bit more forgiving of the bad coverage in the hotel room, though the fact that TM can work fine means Sprint should be able to as well.
     
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    Coverage in certain hotel rooms/floors is just a matter of luck of the cell site placement really. One carrier might have a site 500 feet closer or in a better line of sight direction in relation to where you were. Go to a different hotel and you might find the opposite situation. Being 10 floors up is also a problem. If there's not a site close by because that's when the pilot pollution effect will set in which will cause the drops.
     
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    Yeah, which is why I am pretty much willing to let the room coverage slide...I'm just glad I had a T-Mobile phone that actually worked or I would have been in trouble. The crap service along I-40 was disappointing though.

    Incidentally...when I was in Vegas for my birthday (July) on was on the 3rd highest floor in the Mirage (not too far from Caesar's), also facing away from the Strip, and Sprint was great. So like you said...just goes to show that location is key.
     
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    Sprint really needs to do something about the I-40/Needles area. You do get full coverage around the whole area, but calls will drop almost all the time. :(
     
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    Each carrier has completely differenet cell site locations. So usually where one won't work another will and vice versa.
     
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    Hmm. I don't remember my coverage being that bad on my 2005 drive from Flagstaff and back. But I'm not sure how often I tried to make calls.

    Looking at the map I see that Sprint has a planned future tower along I-40 near Essex Road in the Fenner area but nothing near Needles. They have an existing tower in Needles itself at 217 South K Street. They also have a tower about 7 or 8 miles West of where Hwy 95 meets I-40.
     
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    Be thankful you didn't try to make a call near Needles. Every one I attempted, about 5 or 6, dropped in 10 seconds...it was worse than in the hotel room lol. As budney says, the signal was just fine, the calls simply dropped.
     
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    Did you try forcing roam on your phone in Needles, or in your hotel room???
     
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    Good question. For me, whenever sprint is weak, it's over to Verizon for me. Free roaming is great.
     
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    Agreed- every carrier, even the "best" in an area will have its weak spot and Free roaming, even in-market, is great and I think every carrier should do this in every area.
     
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    Nope. Can't force the BlackBerry to roam. The only options are "automatic" and "Sprint only." That is probably my biggest complaint about the phone.

    So since my phone was finding a worthless Sprint signal in both locations, that was all I got....
     
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    I guess that kinda makes sense on a blackberry. If you set it to roaming only, with the lack of data roaming, that basically makes the blackberry useless and it just becomes a regular phone. If someone dosent know that and accidentally turns on roaming only, there goes a day worth of emails.
     
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    And that is my biggest complaint about CDMA and that is why many business users chose GSM over CDMA...why the hell can't CDMA get their act together and DATA roam like GSM has for years now? Take a Sprint blackberry thirty minutes from here where it roams and you are SOL and it is a regular phone. Take a Cingular/T-Mobile phone and they will roam no problem including DATA.
     
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    Yeah yeah...we know. lol
     
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    Well, here in AZ I have used my BlackBerry for roaming on Alltel and data works just fine. No Alltel in Vegas tho...not that I could select it anyway.

    I think all BB's for CDMA devices do not have a roam option. I think it is a holdover of their development as GSM devices first. Roaming is usually controlled by the SIM, so no real need to have a "roam only" option as the roaming networks appear in a list along with the home network, SIM permitting of course....
     
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    I agree...but its not any more useless to have an unusable signal. At least if I am roaming I should get decent voice coverage.
     
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    Alltel used to serve Las Vegas a few years ago but they ended up selling the market to Verizon or somebody or maybe it was a spectrum swap.
     
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    So when are you going to go back to a regular phone like the upcoming sanyo 8400 so that you will be able to force CDMA roaming when needed and not miss important calls?? ;)
     
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    Not anytime soon....tho I would save a lot of money if I did.
     
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    LOL I bet you'll change your mind. :D Come on when are we going to see the return of the old anthromatt again who can actully out-phone Michelle?
     
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    When I start making some decent money again lol

    Or when Sprint actually has a decent phone.
     
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    How about the new Motorolas coming soon? Or an IDEN/CDMA hybrid?
     
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    No use for iDEN since I don't know anyone with Nextel.

    I guess I will take a wait and see approach with anything else that is forthcoming. :)
     
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    I want to see you with a Motorola SLVR or KRZR :D
     
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    SLVR...no way...old phone with a new company. KRZR...probably out of my price range lol
     
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    Ok so the KRZR it will be :D
     
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    Mine sucked at the top of TI as well. I found Sprint and VZ to be lacking in Vegas. My stepdad was just out there with VZ and it didn't work in ALOT of places indoors. Oh well.
     
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    Interesting that you say Sprint sucked at the top of TI, I found that it sucked in Caesar's, yet the Mirage (right between TI and Caesar's) worked just fine.

    I am going back for Thanksgiving and will be making my second stay in the Luxor. I will see if all is the same or if I notice any differences from when I was last in the Luxor in 2003.
     
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    You'll notice Sprint has a tower right across the street from the front of the Luxor.
     
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    Yeah, I noticed this the last time I stayed there because my room was on the first floor righ tin the corner adjacent to the strip. Wonderful service that vanished as I entered the Luxor casino lol.

    This time I am flying up there so no issues with spotty service along the ground next time! ;)
     

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