Re: In Business World they are already global the Europe is also HUGE on prepaid and NOT contracts. Contracts there are also 13 months but have huge amounts of MVNOs.
Re: In Business World they are already global Smart people.
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Hey AT&T! Finish building the LTE network here first... Jeezus... No wonder AT&T's network is a hodge-podge of technologies:
Edge, 3G [HSPA], Faux-G [HSPA+], LTE
AT&T currently spins its network as a "layered approach": »www.att.com/network/
- "With the introduction of 4G LTE, AT&T is also the only carrier that offers two layers of network technology that deliver 4G speeds: LTE and HSPA+... That means a smoother, more consistent 4G experience overall."
Hogwash. There's nothing consistent about having a network protocol change on you.
Compare this to Verizon which can say, as of June 27, 2013: »news.verizonwireless.com/news/20···ets.html
- "Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is available to more than 99 percent of its 3G footprint and to more than 95 percent of the entire U.S. population."
With 99% "LTE-overbuild" coverage by Verizon, does AT&T honestly expect us to care that its network is layered? No, I would like to know why the LTE coverage sucked in Ocean City, which is a place that AT&T was so proud to announce it launched in May 2013: »www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=2···id=36511
[Yes, I "Marked the Spot" with the app repeatedly]
When's AT&T supposed to be done with its LTE build? Oh, it'll be "substantially complete" by Summer 2014: »www.lightreading.com/document.as···d=703494
Not sure what "substantially complete" means... does it mean 99% of its 3G/Faux-G networks? I have my doubts.
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| There's nothing wrong with AT&T running EDGE, HSPA+, and LTE. This is the natural evolution of the technology path they have chosen. They still need the older technologies for backward compatibility... if they shut them down too soon, everyone would complain about how a "greedy corporation" is forcing everyone to buy new equipment and sign new contracts.|
Verizon is running CDMA 1X, EVDO, and LTE. 1X in particular will live on for a long time since there are a lot of legacy (and often expensive to replace) industry specific devices that still use it. Verizon has just been quicker to upgrade their network, which is a result of business decisions more than technology.
Getting kicked from LTE to a properly implemented HSPA+ network is a much better experience than LTE to EVDO, so there is some truth to AT&T's claims.
If you want a mess of technologies, look no further than Sprint, who until recently ran: iDEN, CDMA 1X, EVDO, WiMAX, and LTE. That did create real world problems for customers and excessive overhead, since Sprint has been bogged down dealing with too many networks despite having fewer customers than VZW or AT&T.
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Mullica Hill, NJ
said by atuarre:And unlike the US the regulators in the EU will be much harder for them to buy than a US Congress critter.
Good luck AT&T. The regulatory climate in Europe is much different then it is here in the states.
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