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  1. #1
    I am considering switching to Cingular GSM (was an ATTWS TDMA customer
    a few years back), and am currently with Verizon. I had a couple of
    questions:

    1) AT&T TDMA 1900 used to have good coverage in my house (suburban
    Boston). Has AT&T finished converting all their metropolitan TDMA
    towers to support GSM, and therefore, should the GSM signal be just as
    good?

    2) Cingular had a very weak GSM 850 signal in my house. How merged are
    their networks now? If I sign up with Cingular on a 850/1900 phone,
    will it prioritize a weak 850 GSM signal, or the stronger ATTWS 1900
    GSM signal? If not, can I do any programming changes on a RAZR
    phone/SIM to make it prioritize ex-ATTWS?

    3) How does a RAZR compare to other phones in picking up a weak signal?
    What flip-phone has the best ability to handle weak signals?

    -MVL




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  2. #2
    Ralph Blach
    Guest

    Re: considering switching to Cingular... some merger/coverage questions

    I dont know How many times I have to say this, cell telephones are
    really radios. Signal strengh will vary with the placement of the cell
    tower, the atmosphic conditions, the type of house your are in, and
    probably a half dozen things I have not thought of.

    If you want good coverage in your house, use your wired phone.

    It will be perfect.

    Chip

    [email protected] wrote:
    > I am considering switching to Cingular GSM (was an ATTWS TDMA customer
    > a few years back), and am currently with Verizon. I had a couple of
    > questions:
    >
    > 1) AT&T TDMA 1900 used to have good coverage in my house (suburban
    > Boston). Has AT&T finished converting all their metropolitan TDMA
    > towers to support GSM, and therefore, should the GSM signal be just as
    > good?
    >
    > 2) Cingular had a very weak GSM 850 signal in my house. How merged are
    > their networks now? If I sign up with Cingular on a 850/1900 phone,
    > will it prioritize a weak 850 GSM signal, or the stronger ATTWS 1900
    > GSM signal? If not, can I do any programming changes on a RAZR
    > phone/SIM to make it prioritize ex-ATTWS?
    >
    > 3) How does a RAZR compare to other phones in picking up a weak signal?
    > What flip-phone has the best ability to handle weak signals?
    >
    > -MVL
    >




  3. #3
    jc
    Guest

    Re: considering switching to Cingular... some merger/coverage questions

    I've think I've read that Cingular can set your phone to prefer either ATTWS
    or Cingular towers so I don't think you'll have a problem.


    <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >I am considering switching to Cingular GSM (was an ATTWS TDMA customer
    > a few years back), and am currently with Verizon. I had a couple of
    > questions:
    >
    > 1) AT&T TDMA 1900 used to have good coverage in my house (suburban
    > Boston). Has AT&T finished converting all their metropolitan TDMA
    > towers to support GSM, and therefore, should the GSM signal be just as
    > good?
    >
    > 2) Cingular had a very weak GSM 850 signal in my house. How merged are
    > their networks now? If I sign up with Cingular on a 850/1900 phone,
    > will it prioritize a weak 850 GSM signal, or the stronger ATTWS 1900
    > GSM signal? If not, can I do any programming changes on a RAZR
    > phone/SIM to make it prioritize ex-ATTWS?
    >
    > 3) How does a RAZR compare to other phones in picking up a weak signal?
    > What flip-phone has the best ability to handle weak signals?
    >
    > -MVL
    >






  4. #4
    JohnF
    Guest

    Re: considering switching to Cingular... some merger/coverage questions

    In some areas GSM coverage is not nearly as good as TDMA coverage. Be sure
    to verify this in your area before you switch because you won't be allowed
    to go back.

    Some people on here will argue that the GSM buildout is complete and that
    GSM will be as good or better than TDMA but this is not true. In my area GSM
    is pretty consistantly two bars beloew TDMA. So areas where I get two bars
    GSM users around me get "no signal". My area may be the only place like this
    but I would verify before switching.

    <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >I am considering switching to Cingular GSM (was an ATTWS TDMA customer
    > a few years back), and am currently with Verizon. I had a couple of
    > questions:
    >
    > 1) AT&T TDMA 1900 used to have good coverage in my house (suburban
    > Boston). Has AT&T finished converting all their metropolitan TDMA
    > towers to support GSM, and therefore, should the GSM signal be just as
    > good?
    >
    > 2) Cingular had a very weak GSM 850 signal in my house. How merged are
    > their networks now? If I sign up with Cingular on a 850/1900 phone,
    > will it prioritize a weak 850 GSM signal, or the stronger ATTWS 1900
    > GSM signal? If not, can I do any programming changes on a RAZR
    > phone/SIM to make it prioritize ex-ATTWS?
    >
    > 3) How does a RAZR compare to other phones in picking up a weak signal?
    > What flip-phone has the best ability to handle weak signals?
    >
    > -MVL
    >






  5. #5

    Re: considering switching to Cingular... some merger/coverage questions

    Thanks to all. My friend will be over with a RAZR to test coverage in
    my house. Is there a way to force it to ATTWS myself for the test (and
    if so, what are the steps), or can it only be programed in a Cingular
    store?

    Also, anyone have comments on how a Razr compares to others in terms of
    reception?

    -MVL




  6. #6

    Re: considering switching to Cingular... some merger/coverage questions

    On 5 Jun 2005 17:07:05 -0700, [email protected] wrote:

    >Thanks to all. My friend will be over with a RAZR to test coverage in
    >my house. Is there a way to force it to ATTWS myself for the test (and
    >if so, what are the steps), or can it only be programed in a Cingular
    >store?
    >
    >Also, anyone have comments on how a Razr compares to others in terms of
    >reception?
    >
    >-MVL


    It's going to use Cingular/AT&T or T-Mobile depending on what works
    best (and if it's in an area that still allows roaming on TM like
    NYC).

    Also, the RAZR has better RF performance in general so if you don't
    get one, you may be disappointed.




  7. #7

    Re: considering switching to Cingular... some merger/coverage questions

    I'm just learning about ENS and the 64k sims. This apparently is
    Cingular's attempt to seamlessly handle the two legacy networks until
    they get the systems merged completely.

    With ENS, does a phone:
    1) Have the ability to continuously compare legacy Cingular (850) and
    ATTWS (1900) networks, and lock onto the stronger one (as it would with
    two competing towers)?
    2) Start a call on one network, and handoff to another without dropping
    the call?

    My friend's account is relatively new. Is there a way to visually tell
    whether the SIM is 64K/ENS or not?

    -MVL




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