You may be right if AT&T's problem is a wire-side problem rather than an air-side problem. Connections may be the problem on the voice side but, on the air side, data is connectionless. I could make voice calls in SF and NYC but could not get data.
Originally Posted by flyingember
I was in a meeting in NYC this week where none of us were able to download a page or a document. One application, Safari, kept reporting that the "server stopped responding." Right; dozens of servers stopped responding. If we had not had one piece of copper, the meeting would have been ineffective rather than simply inefficient.
No, AT&T's problem on the data side is inadequate bandwidth. Can you say "cells?" They are taking revenues from SF and investing them in Vermont.
In fairness to AT&T, it is easier and cheaper to put new cells in Vermont than in NYC. On the other hand, the cows do not have iPhones. AT&T is like the drunk who looks for his keys where the light is good rather than where he dropped them. AT&T is putting cells where it is easy rather than where its business is. At that, they still do not have 3G in Vermont; the cows are very patient.
I will be returning to SF the first week in March, one year since I was there last. I look forward to reporting to you that they have made progress in a year. Not to worry, I will take my Verizon MIFI for backup and comparison.
Incidentally, one of the claims made for CDMA is that it uses both power and bandwidth more efficiently than GSM. While Verizon may have a lighter data load that AT&T, it also carries the data better.
It seems unlikely to me that the future belongs to one carrier over another. If AT&T can be believed, that the problem is iPhone data usage rather than inadequate investment, then demand is likely to exceed capacity for years, no matter the number of carriers.
I think that having all carriers on LTE and with freedom of users to follow the best service is the strategy most likely to give us the best service. I think that the best service will come from the carrier that is investing for the future; I do not think that is AT&T.