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  1. #46

    Re: Questions regarding the end of Cingular/T-Mobile network sharing:

    You are incorrect... RF Signals propogate based on the orientation and
    polarization of antenna... a metal roof can and will effect in many
    cases...

    As was previously stated, ask an RF engineer...

    The signal is not a beam like a laser, it is more like a truncated
    oriental fan... the engineering dept decide how high the tower needs to
    be, and at what angle the beam will fan out from the antenna... that is
    why on some points of compass, you may have signal and at others you
    may not.... On my particular commute home, there is a window of about
    10 degrees (probably one antenna element) where my signal gets muddy,
    and may drop, until I literally turn a corner (going into another
    antenna element coverage) where it bangs back to full signal and
    optimum clarity...




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  2. #47
    Pegleg
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    Re: Questions regarding the end of Cingular/T-Mobile network sharing:

    On Sat, 4 Jun 2005 11:58:17 -0600, "Bill Radio"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Leg,
    >A metal roof would not limit your cellular signal, it comes through the
    >walls and windows. But if you get no signal from Verizon, why not try any
    >of the other carriers in your area? They allow you to bring a phone home to
    >try it and give your money back if it doesn't work.

    If the metal roof doesn't limit the signal why is it that I can get
    4-5 bars once I go outside the house?

    Pegleg
    U.S. Navy Retired
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  3. #48
    PeteCresswell
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    Re: Re: Questions regarding the end of Cingular/T-Mobile network sharing:

    On Thu, 19 May 2005 23:31:43 -0700, "MS" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >With T-Mobile (California) for $39.99 monthly I get 1000 anytime minutes,
    >unlimited weekends, free long distance, no roaming charges, etc. Through a
    >$2.99 monthly T-Zones add-on I get Internet connectivity.
    >
    >Could you get a rate anywhere near as good as that for that service level
    >from Cingular?


    Few months ago, I switched from Cingular TDMA to tMobile GSM - mostly
    on that premise (i.e. 1,000 minutes/mo instead of 300).

    With Cingular, I hadn't even developed the concept of zero
    bars/inability to send/receive calls. Sort of like running NT 3.51
    and not knowing what The Blue Screen Of Death was.

    Now I'm on tMobile and I've become quite familiar with zero bars....
    way too familiar.....

    I'll probably switch back to Cingular when the contract's up. 1,000
    minutes is nominally a good deal - and tMobile's overall customer
    interface trumps Cingulars by a quantum factor.... but all that's only
    good if you can use the phone some minimum percentage of the times
    when you need to.

    Southeastern Penna - about 23 miles west of Phila.



  4. #49
    Bill Radio
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    Re: Questions regarding the end of Cingular/T-Mobile network sharing:

    It's difficult to determine if GSM or TDMA has better coverage in any one
    particular area, the difference being which towers are using which
    technology. However, so far, the TDMA network hasn't changed, neither
    better nor worse. So, if you stay with TDMA, service will be as good as
    you've come to expect for at least the foreseeable future. If you need a
    new TDMA phone, there are many good ones on eBay. But they will try to
    discourage you from switching from one TDMA phone to another.

    If you live in a real Cingular area and are not roaming, there is a very
    good chance that GSM coverage is now as good as TDMA. The wild card is if
    you do any roaming.

    Bill Radio
    Click for Western U.S. Wireless Reviews at:
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    <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > Before I decide to let go of my cheap plan, I'd like to know whether
    > TDMA still have better coverage than GSM in my area (northern CA). Can
    > anyone confirm?
    >
    >
    > My contract will end this July.
    >






  5. #50
    John S.
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    Re: Questions regarding the end of Cingular/T-Mobile network sharing:


    "Bill Radio" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > It's difficult to determine if GSM or TDMA has better coverage in any one
    > particular area, the difference being which towers are using which
    > technology. However, so far, the TDMA network hasn't changed, neither
    > better nor worse.


    Actually Bill, I have noticed a deterioration in TDMA coverage in my travels
    around the country. So much so that I did away with my AT&T DOR plan and
    went to a Cingular GSM plan and have not regreted it yet.

    What prompted the change was a call to an airline to fix a reservation that
    got screwed up. I was driving West on I-20 out of Dallas and within the
    first 150 miles or so the connection was dropped several times on my TDMA
    phone. This of course put me back in the beginning of the cue to talk to a
    rep at the airline.

    After several times, I decided to pick up my GSM only phone and give it a
    try. Over the next 2 and a half hours I was On hold, and getting the problem
    resolved, I was no longer dropped.

    Since the change, I have been all over the country and have used the phone
    in remote mountain areas in Utah as well as city locations and simlply have
    not had a problem. Works and works well.





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