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BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

You know a company is screwed when...

They start building little markets out to pump their market count up. AT&T and Verizon didn't do that- they tackled NYC, SF, LA, Chicago, Boston, etc, etc, right up front where LTE is actually needed (Ok, Sprint's 3G is so bad that everywhere needs LTE, but still...).
NiteSn0w

join:2010-12-24

Re: You know a company is screwed when...

The small cities aren't markets, they're cities in larger markets. Chicago encompasses all of what most people consider Chicagoland. Chicagoland has over 1000 cell towers alone which take several weeks to completely upgrade from start to finish. By announcing these cities as having LTE they're saying/showing that they're making progress in the larger markets.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: You know a company is screwed when...

AT&T and Verizon did the actual markets. Like, you know, downtown.
NiteSn0w

join:2010-12-24

Re: You know a company is screwed when...

Sprint works from the outside of the market inwards in most cases. I'm assuming this is because they want to bring the upgrades to the people first and provide a network that doesn't cut off once you leave a major city's limits.

Look at both of these maps I have linked to below and tell me which has more coverage in markets where LTE is/has been deployed.

Sprint Coverage
AT&T Coverage
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: You know a company is screwed when...

Not getting anything on either of those...
NiteSn0w

join:2010-12-24

Re: You know a company is screwed when...

Zoom out (scroll) from your location and you'll be able to see coverage in markets like Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: You know a company is screwed when...

Neither of those maps is even close to accurate. The AT&T one is missing huge chunks of AT&T LTE coverage.
NiteSn0w

join:2010-12-24

Re: You know a company is screwed when...

No... AT&T are missing huge chunks of LTE coverage.

Those maps are generated by users using the Sensorly Android application which reports what your phone is connected to along with the GPS coordinates to create an accurate coverage map. Enough people use the Sensorly application to provide an accurate representation of actual coverage.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: You know a company is screwed when...

AT&T has LTE from New Haven to Providence along the NEC that is not shown on that map. Those maps are utterly ridiculous, and do not represent reality.
NiteSn0w

join:2010-12-24

Re: You know a company is screwed when...

If you know it exists and you're going to be traveling through that area go ahead and download Sensorly and map the area. Sensorly uses crowed sourced data, it's not going to show what hasn't been physically mapped. But it certainly does give a pretty accurate representation of coverage in places people frequent.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: You know a company is screwed when...

That map has virtually zero accuracy. Although they lag behind actual deployment, the carriers all have maps on their websites that are, if anything, very conservative.
NiteSn0w

join:2010-12-24

Re: You know a company is screwed when...

Those aren't carrier provided maps though. That's what customers with the Sensorly application have actually been able to connect to.

The carrier provided maps over exaggerated real world coverage.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: You know a company is screwed when...

There is a LOT of coverage that's NOT on the Sensorly maps, and DOES exist in real life. Their maps are basically worthless.