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Moving to Atlanta - Advice or Warnings?

Discussion in 'Southern US Wireless Forum' started by CaptainLoose, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. CaptainLoose

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    Looks like I'm headed to Atlanta; working downtown, living? I currently have Verizon and 1 yr. plus on contract. Looks like coverage is okay and EVDO available most areas. Should I consider another carrier -i.e., are there any flaws w/ VZW vs. others (unique to Atlanta...not looking for a broad carrier debate!)

    Also, is cellular available while using Marta or other special locations; does one carrier or another have better coverage?

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  2. QLR

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    Verizon is OK in Atlanta-- although a few of my pals have complained about dropped calls in Jonesboro (a suburb S of Atlanta). All carriers are good in and around the downtown area. As to who works in the tunnels on MARTA, T-Mobile works there (on the North-South Line between Five Points and Arts Center). I am not sure about the other tunnels or other carriers.
     
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    I've heard of some VZW problems in ATL a few months ago. I don't know if they got resolved or if they're still present. Cingular works great in ATL b/c that's BellSouth HQ.

    I would suggest waiting to see how VZW is once you get there. Also, I would talk to VZW about moving. They have coverage in ATL, so that's not an excuse to get out of jail (ETF) free. Maybe they'll be understanding if you find the coverage doesn't work for you.
     
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    Most of Metro area - Sprint, Cingular, VZW, Nextel are all pretty solid. I believe TMO is OK, too. Differences are if you plan to get outside the 'burbs any.
     
  5. roamer1

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    VZW's coverage is fine fir the most part, but they've had pretty obvious capacity issues in Atlanta since November or so. :( Sandy Springs is a pretty big trouble spot for VZW; they did add a new site recently but it didn't help very much.

    MARTA: T-Mobile works on the N-S line between Arts Center and Five Points. Cingular has TDMA and AMPS, but NOT GSM, in the same area; Cingular has GSM microcells in the Buckhead and Medical Center stations. Sandy Springs station is dead with everyone.

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    T-Mobile is quite solid (as is Cingular, and as would be VZW if they'd fix the capacity problems); Sprint and Nextel are much less so.

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    All I know is I'm just not running into many Sprint coverage holes these days around the metro.
     
  8. CaptainLoose

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    Thanks to all for your information.
     
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    Since Verizon has some of there Partnership Headquarters there in Alpharetta you would think they could solve there problems there. :O
     
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    If Cingular is good for University of Georgia then it must be Good.

    University of Georgia's Mobile Media Consortium Selects Cingular as Exclusive Wireless Provider
    Students, Faculty Use Nation's Largest Digital Voice and Data Network
    As Backbone to Develop Unique Student-Oriented Applications

    ATLANTA, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless has been selected as
    the exclusive wireless service provider to the University of Georgia's
    prestigious Mobile Media Consortium (MMC).
    As a member of the MMC, Cingular is providing its GSM-based network
    services as the backbone on which faculty and students are developing and
    showcasing cutting-edge mobile applications that both improve and enhance
    lives. Cingular operates the largest digital wireless voice and data network
    in the U.S.
    The MMC is a unique academic/industry partnership dedicated to discovering
    the future of mobile media and wireless. The consortium is housed in the New
    Media Institute, an interdisciplinary teaching and research unit of the
    university's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
    "The Mobile Media Consortium is dedicated to discovering the future of
    mobile media. And as the largest wireless service provider in the U.S.,
    Cingular is playing a critical role in shaping the mobile media future. Adding
    Cingular's experience and expertise has just made a powerhouse Consortium even
    more powerful," said Scott Shamp, the Director of the consortium and the
    university's New Media Institute.
    Students enrolled in mobile media design and development courses are
    leveraging Cingular's network to develop unique mobile applications that are
    functional and fun. They are creating applications using such platforms as
    short messaging service (SMS) and multi-media messaging service (MMS). These
    include:

    * Athens "Dream Date" Cellphone Contest -- Features five males and five
    females who are vying for a chance to win a "dream date." They use SMS
    to vote for their top five key elements of the perfect date during a
    five-day period. Student voters then use that information to choose by
    the fifth day, also via SMS, which male and female are the most
    compatible. The two winners receive the ultimate Athens downtown
    dream date.
    * The AthLens -- Using MMS and SMS, a team of students is creating a
    system where users can become part of a photo essay about their
    individual communities via their camera phones. For one week,
    participants will receive a text message with one of these words: "Go,"
    "Eat," "Play," or "Work." The participant then has one hour to capture
    and send a photo of something that illustrates that particular word.
    The collection of images will be compiled in an online album to
    illustrate how camera phones enable spontaneous and creative
    communication.
    * Decisions to Go -- Using SMS, one master's student is developing an
    application in which a shopper can use text messaging to make decisions
    regarding the best mobile phone to purchase while in the retail store.
    This intelligent system evaluates the product offer and guides the user
    to a particular choice based on the users' responses to certain
    questions
     
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    Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students get discounts with Sprint. The partnership also means Sprint is the only one with towers on campus/medical center and even in buildings.
     
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    Sounds like a lot of fluff from the home-town team (Bellsouth)...like they (UGA) would have gone with anyone else but Cingular? :rolleyes: It's hardly an industry consortium if it excludes other wireless providers/standards. It will no doubt be GSM centric.
     

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