Welcome to Our WirelessAdvisor Community!

You are viewing our forums as a GUEST. Please join us so you can post and view all the pictures.
Registration is easy, fast and FREE!

Sprint National coverage map comparisons

Discussion in 'Sprint Forum' started by larry, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2001
    Messages:
    13,719
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    165
    Likes Received:
    46
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    My Phone:
    Galaxy S8
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    Before redesign:

    [​IMG]

    After redesign:

    [​IMG]

    From a marketing point of view this new map sure looks better to the average consumer! Also keep in mind that the newer phones will no longer show the 'R' as a roaming indicator when off network
     
  2. SmArTeStChIlD421

    SmArTeStChIlD421 Silver Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2006
    Messages:
    3,869
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Reading, PA
    My Phone:
    Blackberry 8830
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    really?!?!?!?!!?!!?!!?!?!?!?!!????!!?!!

    wow............they are going down Cingulars path...........thats the one thing i hate about Cingular too...........will they let us keep forced roaming or is that going to be removed from the firmware too?!?!?!?
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  3. rosenthalliou

    rosenthalliou Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2007
    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    CALIFORNIA
    My Phone:
    HTC Touch
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint PCS
    Verizon should watch out now. Sprint looks like they are gonna take them up on their "Most reliable network" slogan. Hope Sprint overtakes Verizon one day.
     
  4. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2001
    Messages:
    13,719
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    165
    Likes Received:
    46
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    My Phone:
    Galaxy S8
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    No, the forced roaming option will remain. Don't worry.
     
  5. ace41690

    ace41690 Junior Member
    Junior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2007
    Messages:
    188
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Connecticut
    My Phone:
    HTC Hero
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    I kinda wish they would keep the roaming indicator. Mostly because there is no smooth transition between the sprint native network and the roaming network, so it will just look like you had a dropped call.
     
  6. SmArTeStChIlD421

    SmArTeStChIlD421 Silver Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2006
    Messages:
    3,869
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Reading, PA
    My Phone:
    Blackberry 8830
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    yeah.....but us smart people know..........the truth

    haha





    well.........i'm glad they have the forced roaming option still.........but your saying the new phones dont have the roaming indicator or Digital Roaming banner?

    thats sux for some people who genuinely care
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  7. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2001
    Messages:
    13,719
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    165
    Likes Received:
    46
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    My Phone:
    Galaxy S8
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    All of the older phones will still have the 'R'. The new phones will have a different symbol to indicate roaming. I think a triangle or something like that. They just want to get away from the roaming label and I don't blame them.
     
  8. clock3687

    clock3687 Cell Signal?????? Use it!
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2006
    Messages:
    589
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    343
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    My Phone:
    Google Nexus S
    Wireless Provider(s):
    T-Mobile
    Wow, :eek: Sprint has taken their network to a whole new level! Thats awesome, they gotta keep it up. They've even got EvDO in the berkshires in mass, not easy to do.

    They prolly will do what verizon in terms of roaming and just use the little triangle, simple and to the point.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  9. ace41690

    ace41690 Junior Member
    Junior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2007
    Messages:
    188
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Connecticut
    My Phone:
    HTC Hero
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    O, as long as you can still tell the difference. Actually, my current phone, the m610, shows roaming as a triangle.
     
  10. SmArTeStChIlD421

    SmArTeStChIlD421 Silver Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2006
    Messages:
    3,869
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Reading, PA
    My Phone:
    Blackberry 8830
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    so will the phones display Sprint as the banner and have the roaming triangle up in the icon bar?

    will the banner still display "Digital Roaming"?
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  11. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2001
    Messages:
    13,719
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    165
    Likes Received:
    46
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    My Phone:
    Galaxy S8
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    If you get the latest PRL I heard that the 'R' will disappear in favor of the new triangle symbol. But only on some of the newer phones.
     
  12. Yankees368

    Yankees368 Compulsive Signal Checker
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Messages:
    4,365
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    876
    Likes Received:
    135
    Location:
    NYC
    My Phone:
    iPhones 4S???
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Verizon, Sprint 2002-2010, Voicestream 2001-2002
    I believe the Sanyo M1 is the only phone right now that does that.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  13. budney

    budney Resident Headbanger
    Super Moderator Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2003
    Messages:
    5,861
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    14
    Likes Received:
    341
    Location:
    Eugene, OR
    My Phone:
    iPhone 6s+
    Wireless Provider(s):
    AT&T
    & the Moto Q. :)
     
  14. SmArTeStChIlD421

    SmArTeStChIlD421 Silver Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2006
    Messages:
    3,869
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Reading, PA
    My Phone:
    Blackberry 8830
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    wouldnt that change from the R to a triangle be part of a firmware update?

    then when will they distribute FOTA?
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  15. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2001
    Messages:
    13,719
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    165
    Likes Received:
    46
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    My Phone:
    Galaxy S8
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    I would think so yes. I'm not sure they could write that change into the PRL but who knows.
     
  16. Fire14

    Fire14 Easy,Cheap & Sleazy
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2002
    Messages:
    8,446
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    293
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Union County NJ
    My Phone:
    EnV
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Verizon
    Wow,
    the new maps do look better, much easier to see the areas.
    As for them removing the "R" for a triangle, I wouldn't be suprised they aren't working their way towards Cingular's version of "it's all our network your using" and not showing when your roaming.
    Which I hope they don't do, since a lot of people aren't happy with Cingular not showing when your roaming.
     
  17. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2001
    Messages:
    13,719
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    165
    Likes Received:
    46
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    My Phone:
    Galaxy S8
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    I think once they got data roaming in place it was a very logical next step to work towards downplaying roaming.
     
  18. SmArTeStChIlD421

    SmArTeStChIlD421 Silver Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2006
    Messages:
    3,869
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Reading, PA
    My Phone:
    Blackberry 8830
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    but i would assume the change from an "R" to a triangle is part of the firmware not the PRL.........

    yeah..........well at least they are displaying the triangle like Verizon is.........Cingular doesnt display anything at all............they used to say "Cingular Extended" at least..........but not anymore..........you know maybe all the companies can just merge and make the "no roaming" thing the truth

    :lol:
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  19. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2001
    Messages:
    13,719
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    165
    Likes Received:
    46
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    My Phone:
    Galaxy S8
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    Yes that is correct. I have the latest PRL but my older phone still shows the 'R' for roaming.
     
  20. SmArTeStChIlD421

    SmArTeStChIlD421 Silver Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2006
    Messages:
    3,869
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Reading, PA
    My Phone:
    Blackberry 8830
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    so you wouild have to get a firmware update to change the R to a triangle not a PRL update.......

    and btw...........when i emailed customer care about a problem was having they said my phone needed a PRL update...........my PRL was 20225 and when i called *2 and got the update i turned my phone off then back on and it was still 20225.........what is that? spoof on the reps part?
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  21. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2001
    Messages:
    13,719
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    165
    Likes Received:
    46
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    My Phone:
    Galaxy S8
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    There aren't going to be any firmware updates that will change the 'R' to a triangle. Either your phone has it or it doesn't. Only the very latest 2 or 3 phones have it from what I hear.

    The PRL update you tried to get didn't download properly. You sometimes have to call 3 or 4 times in a row before it will work. Depends on the phone as well. Usually when your account is flagged it will allow you 3 or 4 tries at the update before the flag goes away. So keep trying.
     
  22. SmArTeStChIlD421

    SmArTeStChIlD421 Silver Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2006
    Messages:
    3,869
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Reading, PA
    My Phone:
    Blackberry 8830
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    alright well do you know what the latest PRL is?
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  23. Andy

    Andy Diamond Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2003
    Messages:
    10,281
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    130
    Likes Received:
    7
    My Phone:
    HTC Thunderbolt
    Wireless Provider(s):
    VZW, Vodafone D2, Solomo, Swisscom Mobile
    I don't mean to diss on Sprint's "Expansion" but aren't those coverage maps way optimistic? I know for a fact that their Utah coverage is not even close to as big as they advertise it to be on the new coverage map! Even their coverage locator shows far greater coverage in Utah than they have. Am I missing something???
     
  24. SmArTeStChIlD421

    SmArTeStChIlD421 Silver Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2006
    Messages:
    3,869
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Reading, PA
    My Phone:
    Blackberry 8830
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    well consider the fact that a lot of that coverage may be roaming cuz they now display roaming as "nationwide coverage" instead of being separate from home network
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  25. Andy

    Andy Diamond Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2003
    Messages:
    10,281
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    130
    Likes Received:
    7
    My Phone:
    HTC Thunderbolt
    Wireless Provider(s):
    VZW, Vodafone D2, Solomo, Swisscom Mobile
    But on the coverage map they have a color for SPRINT coverage and one for roaming or am I missing something?
     
  26. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2001
    Messages:
    13,719
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    165
    Likes Received:
    46
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    My Phone:
    Galaxy S8
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    They now show all areas to be green. Even roaming. The areas that are dotted are roaming areas with signal strength not available.
     
  27. Andy

    Andy Diamond Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2003
    Messages:
    10,281
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    130
    Likes Received:
    7
    My Phone:
    HTC Thunderbolt
    Wireless Provider(s):
    VZW, Vodafone D2, Solomo, Swisscom Mobile
    That's nice, but some areas are still marked as 'roaming' with a different color on their maps...what's the difference?
     
  28. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2001
    Messages:
    13,719
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    165
    Likes Received:
    46
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    My Phone:
    Galaxy S8
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Sprint
    Analog maybe?
     
  29. Yankees368

    Yankees368 Compulsive Signal Checker
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Messages:
    4,365
    Cell Tower Picture Gallery:
    876
    Likes Received:
    135
    Location:
    NYC
    My Phone:
    iPhones 4S???
    Wireless Provider(s):
    Verizon, Sprint 2002-2010, Voicestream 2001-2002
    I'm going to guess that there other roaming areas and areas where all service will not work, and the roaming "experience" will not be transparent. Probably analog or smaller carriers where data roaming is not active.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  30. TKR

    TKR Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2002
    Messages:
    445
    Likes Received:
    0
    Wireless Provider(s):
    AT&T
    I would think so. Take Yosemite Valley for example. There is digital roaming in the main valley on Golden State Cellular, but the map does not have it as green, i.e. "Sprint National Network". :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    Also, Larry, there are Sprint areas that show up as dotted green on the map, i.e. no signal strength info even when zoomed in. :mad: Thus, with the new maps there is generally no longer a way to discern between native Sprint and roaming for such areas. I guess if the roaming in that area is not 1900, I suppose you could look at the Powersource coveragd map and get a feel for the native coverage that way. Few customers probably could figure that out, though!
     

Share This Page

Copyright 1997-2022 Wireless Advisor™, LLC. All rights reserved. All registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
WirelessAdvisor.com is not associated by ownership or membership with any cellular, PCS or wireless service provider companies and is not meant to be an endorsement of any company or service. Some links on these pages may be paid advertising or paid affiliate programs.

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice