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Verizon & AT&T in New England -- Same

Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by Barbara, Jun 14, 2002.

  1. Barbara

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    Verizon & AT&T in New England -- Same

    Recently, I had a terrible time trying to get reception on Amtrak when traveling from DC to NY. So after reading all the discussions about AT&T vs. Verizon in the northeast, I decided to switch to Verizon. It also seemed a good idea to switch since my daughter lives in Easthampton, MA and I was having trouble getting reception on Rte. 141.

    Bottom line: no difference. There was an overlap between when my AT&T service ended and Verizon service started, so I compared the two while traveling. I went from NY to Mystic, CT, then to Easthampton MA via CT Rte. 2 and I91, then back to Mystic on CT Rte. 9 and I95. In some areas, AT&T was better, in others, Verizon.

    I think I'm sorry I switched since I loved my Nokia 8260 and do not like my Audiovox CDM 9100.
     
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    i just drove from nj to dc then baltimore then back to nj. i had perfect spcs digital signal throughout the drive minus two spots at the very end of the nj turnpike. also i know i went through a few tower handoffs on the turnpike as i was talking for 20 minutes at a time and did not drop a call once nor notice thanks to soft handoffs.

    in baltimore and dc (only there two nights) i got great service inside and outside buildings; i was a pretty happy guy.

    going to atlantic city tonight so ill find out how spcs fares in the casinos down there.
     
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    Coverage is more concentrated to the highways so when you travel on Amtrak you can have problems because the train from NY to DC goes through some isolated areas where the towers are far. If you travel by car you'll get excellent coverage.
     
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    Bobolito is right about highway coverage. My friend lives in Mystic and has Sprint and gets excellent coverage along I95. With any provider, there are going to be places where coverage is spotty. Short of getting a satellite phone, there will be places where you may not get a signal. For me, a friend of mine's house is a total dead zone. I get zero signal as do my friends with Cingular(I've got Verizon). The only person I know who's been able to get a signal is a friend of mine who has Sprint, and even then the phone went into Analog Roaming. So bottom line, perhaps no provider is going to provide adequate coverage for you simply due to the area.
    For the record, my experience with Verizon in CT has been much better than AT&T. AT&T had really bad coverage outside of Hartford(even as close as Avon or Simsbury) and also poor coverage out in Storrs. With Verizon I get full signal strength almost everywhere.
     
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    I live in Rhode Island on the border next to Ct and I travel back and forth on a daily basis . Bac.k in march I started trying different providers . I tried Sprint, Att ,Nextel and Voicestream I compared them to Verizon. As expected they all have dead spots here and there. But Verizon had the best coverage .Sprint s coverage has improved quite a bit in the last couple of years. Nextel is very good . I wasnt impressed with Att or Voicestreams coverage .I;m not saying this to bad mouth them ,there good companys. I;ll try them again next year.
     
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    Is it possible that the problem is my Audiovox CDM 9100? It feels like a cheesy phone. The battery cover fits loosely and it doesn't seem to be the same quality as my Nokia 8260.
     
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    The audiovox 9100 could be the problem, Last christmas I bought my kids 2 kyocera 2135 free up phones and there signal strength was weak (a lot of dropped calls) My startac 7868 had a stronger signal . It wasnt perfect but a lot less dropped calls.
     
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    That's odd about having two 2135s that acted odd. Mine gets full signal strentgh most of the time even without the antenna extended. Maybe you got some bad units, or perhaps my area just has freakishly strong signal strentgh [​IMG]
     
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    Verizon seems to worry more about dead spots than any other carrier. That's what saves Sprint's ___.
     
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    why do u say that? cause they use sprint to roam?
     
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    It's no secret that Verizon has far more coverage than Sprint. That's why Sprint has an agreement with Verizon. This way Sprint customers are not left with a dead phone when they travel to remote places.
     
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