- 04-26-2010, 05:56 AM #26
- 04-26-2010, 07:35 AM #27
- 04-26-2010, 10:33 AM #28
I was in NYC last week and got a shoe shine, a quick lunch, and a Starbucks while trying to check my bank balance. However, I will grant you that quality of service is local. In AT&T's case, that includes some very big and densely populated locales. I should not have to carry and pay for a Verizon MiFi to compensate for AT&T's quality of service.
However, QoS is only one of my gripes with AT&T. The main one is business practices. For example, they have been touting the microcell for almost a year and it is still not "generally available." They use GPS to restrict it to a location and then say the microcell must be located within three feet of a (south facing) window so that it can acquire the GPS signal. They took more than a year to do MMS, Slingplayer over 3G, and are still block tethering only on iPhones even though it works very well on jailbroken phones. They block things on iPhones that they permit on all other phones. They have enjoyed a huge subscriber increase from their iPhone franchise but treat Windows Mobile customers more generously than iPhone customers
I wish data service in NYC and SF were the only issues. I can get around that with my Verizon WiFi (which also solves my tethering problem) but which I really should not need.
I paid for the 3G radio in my iPad but AT&T will not get a dime from me as long as I must also carry the MiFi for data and tethering.
- 04-26-2010, 11:30 AM #29
- 05-20-2010, 08:39 AM #30
- 05-20-2010, 05:14 PM #31
- 05-20-2010, 05:47 PM #32
- 05-21-2010, 05:30 AM #33
- 05-23-2010, 11:03 AM #34
Here's what you do-
1- Return it before it drives you nuts and you end up paying $350 to leave AT&T, yes that's the termination fee for AT&T now. Fortunately for me, I left before AT&T smarted up. When I got laid off, I quit AT&T because, quite frankly, I would have missed several calls from prospective employers had I stayed on AT&T. I am now with a Verizon Motorola Droid. It's a good phone, do I miss the iPhone? You bet- the apps, the games- it's slim pickings. But where I was once without service, I can now make calls, surf the web. I miss my NYT app, my redbox app- but then again, what good is making a rental reservation on an iPod touch without a connection?
2- Find out which carrier is the best in your area
3- Pick out a phone you like. If you want an iPhone-like experience, then go with Android. If you really, really want the iPhone and want to see if it's on Verizon come June, then use your old T-mo phone x 1 month and wait and see. Personally, if I were you, I'd wait to see if it ends up on Verizon next month (that is if Verizon is any good in your area).
In it's current state the iPhone is a fantastic device, but a lousy phone.(where I live) I don't care if it's AT&T's fault or Apple's fault. At least in my area, it is a joke of a phone. Where I live- NYC/NJ- it's basically a $70/mth iPod touch. And I doubt it's the phone because everybody complains about it. Which I think is ridiculous- all these people whine, and moan, and get angry about the iPhone and at the end of the month, they fork over $70+ to AT&T. Wake up, if the service sucks, switch.
I don't care if the next iPhone has a 3D hyper-OLED display with holographic display option, mind control, and a battery that lasts a week, and has a PS3 emulator on it that renders all the games in 3D. The only thing I want to know is- will it be on Verizon (best in my area)? In fact, I'd rather have the EXACT same 3GS running on Verizon than a hyped up iPhone on AT&T.
- 05-23-2010, 11:41 AM #35
- 05-23-2010, 11:43 AM #36
- 05-23-2010, 01:50 PM #37
- 05-23-2010, 09:01 PM #38
of course i know AT&T coverage sucks (hence my sig) there are posts all over this place to prove it, however, i am blessed to live in an oasis of beautiful coverage no matter where i go or where my work takes me. jealous? haha
anyways, people really should start listening to whmurray more often
he is full of plenty useful information (not being sarcastic )
- 05-29-2010, 01:46 PM #39
I always hear complaints of AT&T and last year I had a lot of dropped calls. I have used AT&T for years, never had that problem before or after. It works great on my iPhone and iPad. I live in Olympia area, but have used AT&T on iPhone all around the country, Seattle, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Canada (and Rogers killed me on roaming), up and down I5, off roads. It works good for me. In the past I tried Verizon and T-Mobile but did not get as good reception for the places I traveled. We also have 4 phones on my account, mine and wife and 2 employees and AT&T has worked very well for us.
- 06-10-2010, 11:15 AM #40
I'll be sure to check out whmurray's posts. Thanks.
- 06-10-2010, 11:57 AM #41
Even for the 3% percent of us who travel a lot and really worry about broad coverage, local service trumps everything. However, one should not project one's local coverage or service on the rest of the world. There are still two AT&Ts.
Those who happen to be in the old AT&T market area should count their blessings but they should not gloat.
I'm still getting these dropped calls. I tried buying a newer phone - that wasn't it, swapped sim cards, that wasn't it, removed the jailbreak on my old 3g - that wasn't it. I'm so dedicated to Apple I'm willing to pay $130 a month for AT&T's crappy service. All in all, out of all the phones I've gone through the iphone is the best phone for me. Transferring media to and from it is done with ease, I heart the app store, love the sexiness of the design and the interface is just top notch compared to the others.
I had a G1 with TMobile and I absolutely loved that phone. Honestly, it I get pissed as to leave AT&T to go back to TMobile I may have to just look for used G1 until a better phone comes out with TMobile.
Apple iPhone kills all the "others" HANDS DOWN. IMO, they just chose the wrong carrier to give the "Exclusive" rights to. No matter how much I try to justify it - THERE IS NO IPHONE KILLER! There are plenty of iPhone "runner ups"
- 06-18-2010, 02:18 AM #43iPhone Intermediate
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I live in Atlanta and work in San Francisco. I never have a problem in ATL. But in. The San Francisco area I always get dropped calls. Also my coworkers complain that when they call me Ghey get a no service message. I had to spend 6days in LA and it was bad their too. I never had a problem with dropped calls u till I hit the west coast. Now I see what people were saying. AT&T is horrible on the west coast.
- 06-18-2010, 11:08 AM #44
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- 07-13-2010, 09:27 AM #46