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  1. #1
    Bryanska
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    I was thinking of switching to Sprint PCS from AT&T GSM, because of
    the 7 PM nights option.

    Have any of you switched recently? Have you noticed any
    decrease/increase in call quality or coverage? I don't use mobile
    Internet (WAP). I only want to have the freedom to make clear calls in
    a lot of places.

    Please don't discuss customer service issues or anything outside the
    Twin Cities. Let's keep this thread tight and focused.

    Thanks for your contribution!



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  2. #2
    Brian Link
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    Re: Sprint PCS coverage in the Twin Cities? - New Thread for Summer 2004

    On 13 Jul 2004 10:17:36 -0700, [email protected] (Bryanska)
    wrote:

    >I was thinking of switching to Sprint PCS from AT&T GSM, because of
    >the 7 PM nights option.
    >
    >Have any of you switched recently? Have you noticed any
    >decrease/increase in call quality or coverage? I don't use mobile
    >Internet (WAP). I only want to have the freedom to make clear calls in
    >a lot of places.
    >
    >Please don't discuss customer service issues or anything outside the
    >Twin Cities. Let's keep this thread tight and focused.
    >
    >Thanks for your contribution!


    A lot depends on the phone you have of course, but I find Sprint has
    excellent coverage in the Twin Cities.

    I had an A460 for a while which would crap out in some spots - notably
    in deep valleys (like the area around Como and 280). I'm using a
    Kyocera QCP 6035 right now though, and I've never dropped a call with
    it. Very clear reception and transmission as well.

    BLink



  3. #3

    Re: Sprint PCS coverage in the Twin Cities? - New Thread for Summer 2004

    On 13 Jul 2004 10:17:36 -0700, [email protected] (Bryanska)
    wrote:

    >I was thinking of switching to Sprint PCS from AT&T GSM, because of
    >the 7 PM nights option.


    Are you aware that AT&T has N&W at 7:00 pm included on non-TDMA plans
    59.99 or more?

    >Have any of you switched recently? Have you noticed any
    >decrease/increase in call quality or coverage? I don't use mobile
    >Internet (WAP). I only want to have the freedom to make clear calls in
    >a lot of places.


    Don't use Sprint. If you do, you will want to add the option for
    "free roaming" (costs $5.00 per month), or you will find yourself
    paying roaming charges every time you drop off the PCS network.
    Shoreview, New Brighton and at the airport area have all been "off
    network" for me when travelling there on business.




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    Deb



  4. #4
    Gene L
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    Re: Sprint PCS coverage in the Twin Cities? - New Thread for Summer 2004

    I have had sprint in TC for the past 6 years, it has gradually become better
    to where it is very good now in most areas. I cannot speak for everyone as
    it depends where you are located.



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    "Bryanska" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > I was thinking of switching to Sprint PCS from AT&T GSM, because of
    > the 7 PM nights option.
    >
    > Have any of you switched recently? Have you noticed any
    > decrease/increase in call quality or coverage? I don't use mobile
    > Internet (WAP). I only want to have the freedom to make clear calls in
    > a lot of places.
    >
    > Please don't discuss customer service issues or anything outside the
    > Twin Cities. Let's keep this thread tight and focused.
    >
    > Thanks for your contribution!






  5. #5
    Steven J Sobol
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    Re: Sprint PCS coverage in the Twin Cities? - New Thread for Summer 2004

    [email protected] wrote:

    > Don't use Sprint. If you do, you will want to add the option for
    > "free roaming" (costs $5.00 per month), or you will find yourself
    > paying roaming charges every time you drop off the PCS network.
    > Shoreview, New Brighton and at the airport area have all been "off
    > network" for me when travelling there on business.


    Deb, does your phone work ANYWHERE?


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  6. #6
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
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    Re: Sprint PCS coverage in the Twin Cities? - New Thread for Summer 2004

    [email protected] wrote:
    > On 13 Jul 2004 10:17:36 -0700, [email protected] (Bryanska)
    > wrote:
    >
    >>I was thinking of switching to Sprint PCS from AT&T GSM, because of
    >>the 7 PM nights option.

    >
    > Are you aware that AT&T has N&W at 7:00 pm included on non-TDMA plans
    > 59.99 or more?
    >
    >>Have any of you switched recently? Have you noticed any
    >>decrease/increase in call quality or coverage? I don't use mobile
    >>Internet (WAP). I only want to have the freedom to make clear calls in
    >>a lot of places.

    >
    > Don't use Sprint. If you do, you will want to add the option for
    > "free roaming" (costs $5.00 per month), or you will find yourself
    > paying roaming charges every time you drop off the PCS network.
    > Shoreview, New Brighton and at the airport area have all been "off
    > network" for me when travelling there on business.
    >


    I live in the Twin Cities and have travelled a lot and I can say without
    hesitation that the airport and Shoreview are VERY WELL covered. I can
    not speak for New Brighton, as I haven't spent time there.

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  7. #7
    Joseph Huber
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    Re: Sprint PCS coverage in the Twin Cities? - New Thread for Summer 2004

    On Sun, 18 Jul 2004 00:30:14 -0400, [email protected] wrote:

    >On 13 Jul 2004 10:17:36 -0700, [email protected] (Bryanska)
    >wrote:
    >Don't use Sprint. If you do, you will want to add the option for
    >"free roaming" (costs $5.00 per month), or you will find yourself
    >paying roaming charges every time you drop off the PCS network.
    >Shoreview, New Brighton and at the airport area have all been "off
    >network" for me when travelling there on business.


    I've had very good SPCS reception at the airport (MSP), except for the
    new regional jet terminal. I usually drop to analog out there.

    Joseph Huber
    [email protected]



  8. #8
    Bryanska
    Guest

    Re: Sprint PCS coverage in the Twin Cities? - New Thread for Summer 2004

    Wow - I just might reconsider switching from AT&T. Though GSM doesn't
    take me out into the country, I have little interest in calling at all
    if I'm roaming. I know that AT&T GSM will not roam anywhere in the
    Twin Cities, though I might have trouble in some buildings. In any
    case, I know I'll never pay 40 cents a minute unbeknownst.

    Have any of you opened your wireless bill and seen a ton of Sprint
    roaming charges you didn't expect?



  9. #9
    Steven J Sobol
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    Re: Sprint PCS coverage in the Twin Cities? - New Thread for Summer 2004

    Bryanska <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Wow - I just might reconsider switching from AT&T. Though GSM doesn't
    > take me out into the country, I have little interest in calling at all
    > if I'm roaming. I know that AT&T GSM will not roam anywhere in the
    > Twin Cities, though I might have trouble in some buildings. In any
    > case, I know I'll never pay 40 cents a minute unbeknownst.
    >
    > Have any of you opened your wireless bill and seen a ton of Sprint
    > roaming charges you didn't expect?


    It's easy to avoid them. Set your phone to Sprint Only and you won't roam.
    I have PhoneGuard on my phone, also, which forces me to confirm that I want
    to take a call or make a call before the call goes through, if I'm not on
    Sprint's network. (I have a Samsung 660 and it's probably available on other
    Sprint phones. All Sprint phones have the Sprint Only network option.)

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  10. #10
    LC
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    Re: Sprint PCS coverage in the Twin Cities? - New Thread for Summer 2004

    I used Sprint in the Twin Cities as far west as Buffalo, MN and was never
    roaming. I also set my phone to Sprint only.





  11. #11
    Calvin
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    Re: Sprint PCS coverage in the Twin Cities? - New Thread for Summer 2004

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (Bryanska) wrote:

    > Wow - I just might reconsider switching from AT&T. Though GSM doesn't
    > take me out into the country, I have little interest in calling at all
    > if I'm roaming. I know that AT&T GSM will not roam anywhere in the
    > Twin Cities, though I might have trouble in some buildings. In any
    > case, I know I'll never pay 40 cents a minute unbeknownst.
    >
    > Have any of you opened your wireless bill and seen a ton of Sprint
    > roaming charges you didn't expect?


    I have not seen any unexpected charges because I have my VA1000 set so I
    have to press 1 to make or answer a call while in roaming mode.



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    RØß Vargas
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    Re: Sprint PCS coverage in the Twin Cities? - New Thread for Summer 2004

    In article <[email protected]>, veldy71
    @yahoo.com says...
    > I live in the Twin Cities and have travelled a lot and I can say without
    > hesitation that the airport and Shoreview are VERY WELL covered. I can
    > not speak for New Brighton, as I haven't spent time there.
    >=20


    Good info for the OP, but Deb apparently ignores any post that=20
    disputes her claims of lack of signal.

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    as it ought to be. Moderation in temper=20
    is always a virtue, but moderation in=20
    principle is always a vice."
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  13. #13
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
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    Re: Sprint PCS coverage in the Twin Cities? - New Thread for Summer 2004

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    > Have any of you opened your wireless bill and seen a ton of Sprint
    > roaming charges you didn't expect?


    No. Unless you disable the feature (I do because I have F&CA), your
    phone will prompt you that you are roaming and give you the option to
    cancel your call. There really should be no unexpected roaming minutes
    on your bill, unlesss somebody on the plan doesn't communicate to you
    (i.e. kids or spouse).

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  14. #14

    Re: Sprint PCS coverage in the Twin Cities? - New Thread for Summer 2004

    On Wed, 21 Jul 2004 04:25:22 GMT, RØß Vargas <[email protected]âst.net>
    wrote:

    >> hesitation that the airport and Shoreview are VERY WELL covered. I can
    >> not speak for New Brighton, as I haven't spent time there.
    >>

    >
    >Good info for the OP, but Deb apparently ignores any post that
    >disputes her claims of lack of signal.


    No, I don't ignore any post......

    I merely say that *I* don't get a signal in those areas. I've also
    admitted that apparently others don't seem to have the same problem,
    but that both my husband's phone and mine do.

    Specifically in Shoreview, at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel area, which
    is where I say when there on business, I could not get a signal that
    was not roaming or strong enough to make any extended call.

    In New Brighton, specifically about 1/2 mile down from the County Rd D
    and Old Highway 8 intersection, the signal was spotty. In one spot of
    the client's parking lot, signal. Move 3 feet to my right or left, no
    signal.

    Perhaps I have a crappy phone, although at $150.00 per phone, one
    would think they would have been better at getting a signal than what
    is apparently the case.

    I am not however, going to lock into another 2 year contract and pay a
    few hundred bucks for new phones that may, or may not, get signals in
    the areas I can't receive them now. If the "may not" wins, I'm stuck
    again for 2 years with service that I have to pay extra to keep from
    paying roaming charges at the level that were killing me before, or
    have no signal at all in many areas that I have to travel in.

    Obviously, others do not have the same problems I have been having,
    their posts in here make that clear. I am stating *my* experiences
    with the service, which apparently, since nobody here has the same
    ones, I must be mistaken about......I'll tell that to my phone the
    next time it's roaming or with no signal.

    This week, our company had a user's conference in the Radisson Hotel
    in downtown Jacksonville, FL. The phone was roaming all day. What
    can I say?






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    Deb



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    Re: Sprint PCS coverage in the Twin Cities? - New Thread for Summer 2004

    On 20 Jul 2004 05:56:33 -0700, [email protected] (Bryanska)
    wrote:

    >Have any of you opened your wireless bill and seen a ton of Sprint
    >roaming charges you didn't expect?


    Yes, I have, although others in here don't seem to believe me.

    After paying far too much for roaming, I was planning to cancel with
    Sprint then, but did not want to lose my number. As a result, I opted
    for a monthly add-on charge of $5.00 per month that keeps me from
    having to pay roaming charges. However, when in roaming mode, my
    phone will not ring in, I find out about calls when the voicemail
    alert signals that I've missed a call.

    Now that I can port my number over to a new carrier, I plan to switch
    at the end of this summer.


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    Deb



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