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  1. #1
    Lmmr
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    I am thinking of switching from Nextel to Sprint PCS.

    I live in NYC Metro and travel frequently throughout NY State and Conn.

    I am concerned about the "switch" from PCS digital to analog. I see on the
    website that most/all of the major Highways in the area had digital coverage
    but most other areas of NY do not and it looks like it would switch to
    analog.

    Obviously, I don't want to worry about the constant switch back and forth
    between in network and out of network and the high costs involved, if the
    map is accurate.

    I talked with Customer Service today and they said the map might be out
    dated as most of NY is part of the digital network.

    I guess my question is then how much of the NY State area and NYC Metro area
    part of the Digital Network? Is this something I should be worried about.
    And a further question how much of the US covered by the Sprint Digital
    Network?

    TIA





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  2. #2
    Central
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    Re: roaming on Sprint PCS?

    On Thu, 25 Nov 2004 01:57:53 +0000, Lmmr wrote:

    > I am thinking of switching from Nextel to Sprint PCS.
    >
    > I live in NYC Metro and travel frequently throughout NY State and Conn.
    >
    > I am concerned about the "switch" from PCS digital to analog. I see on the
    > website that most/all of the major Highways in the area had digital coverage
    > but most other areas of NY do not and it looks like it would switch to
    > analog.
    >
    > Obviously, I don't want to worry about the constant switch back and forth
    > between in network and out of network and the high costs involved, if the
    > map is accurate.
    >
    > I talked with Customer Service today and they said the map might be out
    > dated as most of NY is part of the digital network.
    >
    > I guess my question is then how much of the NY State area and NYC Metro area
    > part of the Digital Network? Is this something I should be worried about.
    > And a further question how much of the US covered by the Sprint Digital
    > Network?
    >
    > TIA


    Well the newer sprintpcs phones have the ability to roam on both analog
    and digital networks. All major cities I have been in have had a good
    Sprintpcs native network connection but I have not used Sprintpcs in NY so
    I can't confirm how well the service is there. If roaming costs concern
    you Sprintpcs has a 50% roaming add-on called "Free and Clear America"
    which, if available in your area, allows you to roam without charge as
    long as 50% of your total minutes that month are also on the Sprintpcs
    native network. This add-on costs 5dollars a month so it is worth it if
    you may be roaming a few minutes a month. Since this is the north east you
    are in a Verizon heavy area and if Sprintpcs coverage is not up to your
    liking they would be worth looking into.



  3. #3
    Daniel Tso
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    Re: roaming on Sprint PCS?

    In article <[email protected]>, "Lmmr" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >I am thinking of switching from Nextel to Sprint PCS.
    >
    >I live in NYC Metro and travel frequently throughout NY State and Conn.
    >
    >I am concerned about the "switch" from PCS digital to analog. I see on the
    >website that most/all of the major Highways in the area had digital coverage
    >but most other areas of NY do not and it looks like it would switch to
    >analog.
    >
    >Obviously, I don't want to worry about the constant switch back and forth
    >between in network and out of network and the high costs involved, if the
    >map is accurate.


    I don't believe the map is that inaccurate. Most of NY, on a square mile
    basis, is not covered by the digital network, but that is true everywhere in
    the US. If you REALLY must have service in the most remote, rural parts of
    NY, you must have analog service. Nextel is not better in this regard, it is
    worse by far.

    So, if what you describe is true, that you will be travelling to rural areas
    in NY and CT, I think you would be crazy not to get some level of analog
    service within your rate plan. That mean going with Verizon, or getting
    Sprint's FCA option, the $5 option to cover roaming charges. And of
    course, getting a phone that can support analog (AMPS).

    If actually you will only go into remote areas very infrequently, then a nice
    Sprint CS person can add a 50 minute roaming bundle on your plan for
    free. Otherwise, get the FCA option, and no high costs will be incurred.



  4. #4
    Notan
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    Re: roaming on Sprint PCS?

    Daniel Tso wrote:
    >
    > In article <[email protected]>, "Lmmr" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >I am thinking of switching from Nextel to Sprint PCS.
    > >
    > >I live in NYC Metro and travel frequently throughout NY State and Conn.
    > >
    > >I am concerned about the "switch" from PCS digital to analog. I see on the
    > >website that most/all of the major Highways in the area had digital coverage
    > >but most other areas of NY do not and it looks like it would switch to
    > >analog.
    > >
    > >Obviously, I don't want to worry about the constant switch back and forth
    > >between in network and out of network and the high costs involved, if the
    > >map is accurate.

    >
    > I don't believe the map is that inaccurate. Most of NY, on a square mile
    > basis, is not covered by the digital network, but that is true everywhere in
    > the US. If you REALLY must have service in the most remote, rural parts of
    > NY, you must have analog service. Nextel is not better in this regard, it is
    > worse by far.
    >
    > So, if what you describe is true, that you will be travelling to rural areas
    > in NY and CT, I think you would be crazy not to get some level of analog
    > service within your rate plan. That mean going with Verizon, or getting
    > Sprint's FCA option, the $5 option to cover roaming charges. And of
    > course, getting a phone that can support analog (AMPS).
    >
    > If actually you will only go into remote areas very infrequently, then a nice
    > Sprint CS person can add a 50 minute roaming bundle on your plan for
    > free. Otherwise, get the FCA option, and no high costs will be incurred.


    One caveat... With FCA, in order to keep the charge at $5.00/month, at least
    half of your minutes must be non-roaming.

    Notan



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