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  1. #1
    Bill Reid
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    I need feedback about coverage quality on Verizon compared to Cingular; it's
    what will make the buy decision for me clear. I don't care about cost;
    coverage is my greatest concern. I travel mostly in the Midwest (Chicago
    area) with trips to the East (Washington, New York). What's been your actual
    experience with coverage on these two providers? Coverage maps don't give me
    enough information; I'd rather hear from people who actually use the
    service. Thanks for your advice!





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  2. #2
    John S
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    Re: Verizon vs Cingular coverage


    "Bill Reid" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >I need feedback about coverage quality on Verizon compared to Cingular;
    >it's what will make the buy decision for me clear. I don't care about cost;
    >coverage is my greatest concern. I travel mostly in the Midwest (Chicago
    >area) with trips to the East (Washington, New York). What's been your
    >actual experience with coverage on these two providers? Coverage maps don't
    >give me enough information; I'd rather hear from people who actually use
    >the service. Thanks for your advice!


    I have never had a problem with coverage with AT&T (now Cingular) in the
    parts of the country that you are talking about. I find now that the two
    companies are combined, I even have better coverage than before.

    I can't speak to Verizon's coverage because I have never bought (nor will I)
    Verizon service. Mostly personal reasons, no actual experience.

    However, no one matches the "Rollover" plans.





  3. #3
    DoctorZ
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    Re: Verizon vs Cingular coverage

    I had both Cingular GAIT and Verizon tri-mode phones. Pre merge both
    worked anywhere in the nation. Post merger Cingular has decided to
    phase out TDMA, AMPS leaving just GSM coverage.

    I cancelled my last Cingular contract after twice traveling out of
    states having zero coverage. When this happens Cingular has no way to
    restore service until you are back in their GSM coverage area (another
    state) to power cycle the phone. Customers no longer get voice mail and
    you cannot forward your cell to another phone.

    On the other hand a Verizon tri mode V710 still works in 22 states
    including nonmetro/interstate areas.

    The Verizon zip code service locator is always accurate. Check your
    locations of interest to make sure they are in the enhanced service
    areas. If not you may have to live with Cingular just do not assume the
    phone will work outside their GSM coverage area.

    Even the companies own press releases confirm Cingular has the highest
    complaint and churn rate. Also Cingular is adding net customer at a
    lower rate than Verizon.

    Summary from recent Verizon and Cingular and other press releases:

    Verizon Wireless Q12005 results: 1.64 million net customers, total 45.5

    million customers, churn 1.33%, and complaints 1.4 per 100,000
    customers.
    (3G) EV-DO network, the largest and fastest wide-area broadband network

    in the nation. This network reached 75 million Americans at year-end
    (2004) and is growing steadily.
    Cingular Q12005 results: : 1.4 million net, total 50.4 million
    customers, churn 2.2%, 4.6 complaints
    Per 100,000 customers, Cingular expects to have UMTS/HSDPA deployed in
    15 to 20 markets by the end of the year. (2005).
    Currently has the slowest of the data networks,
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1772832,00.asp




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