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Sprint brings back printed coverage map brochures

Discussion in 'Sprint Forum' started by larry, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
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    Not sure if anyone else has noticed but the retailers just got in new printed coverage maps for the first time in about 1.5 years. For a while they had discontinued them in favor of doing everything online. I thought this was a mistake and I'm gald to see them bring back the printed brochures once again. The new map (dated OCT07) I obtained shows the entire West region (California to Kansas) instead of just focusing on California like they used to. I'm assuming they only have two different versions. 'West Region' and 'East Region'. The good thing about the new maps is that they show where roaming EV-DO is available on Alltel.
     
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    Thanks for the update larry
     
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    Larry,
    i was just in the sprint store here in kansas city today and got a midwest edition. It has colorado thru indiana. Very nice to see alltel roaming. They should do that online also.
     
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    Can you guys scan in some of them? Thanks!
     
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    Ah I will grab some tommorow I am thinking of going to the store tommorow.
     
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    Sprint did not have printed coverage maps? That's weird...
     
  7. larry

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    Ok so they have more than just East and West. Thanks for the report.
     
  8. larry

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    No for over 1 year they had no printed coverage map brochures. I know it's hard to believe. Another poor marketing decision by Sprint that obviously they felt the need to correct.
     
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    Yes that is hard to believe. Verizon came out with huge "magazine" type brochures where the last few pages include very detailed coverage maps, and Sprint discontinued them? Not a good thing to do imo since every other carrier still has/had printed coverage maps. Obviously the need for printed coverage maps and the value of them is still large, even though everything is online these days.
     
  10. larry

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    Ok here's a scan of the West Region map:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Larry - there are like 5 or 6 colors on that map. What is the color key?
     
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    Im guessing that dark green is native coverage, yellow is evdo coverage, light yellow is evdo roaming, light green is roaming digital, and gray and roaming analog.
     
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    There is a lot more Analog roaming in Utah than pictured in Gray, though...weird.
     
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    Yes that sounds about right although I call it orange instead of yellow (EV-DO) and the light yellow (EV-DO roaming on Alltel) looks more like tan to me. ;)

    I'll scan in the map legend later today. It wouldn't fit on my scanner last time.
     
  15. larry

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    Is there any way to get a zoomed in copy of that?
     
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    The way these maps are set up and look makes Sprint's network look much larger than the old maps who made the Sprint network look like a joke, so I am glad they changed the layout.
     
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    Thank you larry for taking the time to do this.
     
  19. larry

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    Zoomed in on what? I can post a larger version but not sure if it's going to make a whole lot of difference.
     
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    Ah, forget it. I'll just stop in my local store and hopefully they will have some maps on hand.
     
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    Yeah these brochures should be available everywhere now. So it's better to stop by your local store and pick one up for your region. That will give you a better closeup of the Northeast region.
     
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    Here is the map for the northeast.

    Take a look at the boston area, notice anything that isnt correct?
     

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    The map guy is obviously a Yankees fan - its hard to believe QC would let that slip by.

    Of course the map is correct for Northern VT and NH. No EV here.
     
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    What is that other map to the left with all blue coloring?
     
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    iden

    see the mistake?
     
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    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
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    That's odd the West Region map doesn't show IDEN. It's a CDMA only map.
     
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    Some thoughts:

    1. Not all Sprint phones support data roaming. The new ones, yes. But not all older models. I think they should offer a software update or something... That has always been an upsetting thing about Sprint: a complete lack of product support after release.
    2. <sarcasm><rant> Great... Now Sprint can misrepresent their coverage to their customers even more! "It'll work in Phoenix!" That unfairly misrepresents to the customer that the service will work without issue in all parts of the city, however that's simply not the case. Sprint has not been adequately anticipating the growth in cities like Phoenix and as a result people who live in new developments generally do not have coverage. </rant></sarcasm>
    3. They have a coverage system online that does a *relatively* good job of giving an accurate representation of coverage. Why not use it? Why create additional opportunities for uncertainty and hope in the minds of customers. All I ask is: stop the potentially deceptive behaviour.
     
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    What I notice is that the green/gold 800 MHz roaming data coverage footprint is much larger than the 1900 Sprint coverage. Look at parts of NC and Virginia.
     
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    Wirelessly posted (LG-LX350 AU-MIC-LX350/2.0 MMP/2.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1)

    Roaming areas always look bigger on the maps. Why does that matter as long as your phone works and there's no data roaming charges? Its not cost effective to provide high speed data in every rural area or in places they can't make a good return on their investment.
     
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    How cost effective is it to always have roaming???
     

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