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AT&T Ignores Studies, Claims Most Reliable Network Too
Now Everyone Has the Nation's Largest and Most Reliable Network
by Karl Bode 10:34AM Friday Jul 19 2013
AT&T has had a very good run here lately, with numerous studies showing that for the moment, the company lays claims to the nation's fastest LTE network. Granted those same studies also point out that Verizon often has the most reliable and consistent LTE network performance (something that Verizon has heavily advertised), but that doesn't appear to be a problem if you're in AT&T's marketing department. The company is now running ads stating they too have the nation's most reliable network, their press release highlighting many of the very same studies that give that title to Verizon. As we saw with all carriers claiming to have the nation's largest 4G network, marketing clearly lets everyone be winners, all the time.

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PaulHikeS2

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Manchester, NH

Yay!

Everybody wins!
ssavoy
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Everyone wins

Kind of like how every company advertises their "JD Power and Associates" rating. It goes in one ear and out the other since they give them out like candy at a parade.

cableties
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Re: Everyone wins

Re: JD Powers... yeah... Pay-Per-Award surveys. They will survey (skewed) then approach the manufacturer with their "Glorious Rating and Special award advertising" with only a minimum investment of 6-7 figures.
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MyDogHsFleas
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This just points out that AT&T and Verizon are pretty close

and it shows that it's much more important for customers to assess what carriers' performance is in the places where they intend to use them, not some national study.

FFH
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Re: This just points out that AT&T and Verizon are pretty close

Both AT&T & Verizon are good in my area. As long as both deliver good coverage & speeds in Philly Metro and Jersey Shore, I have some competition. Right now AT&T has the best deals and lower price for my needs.
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Mizzat
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Most relaiable 4G LTE network

It's specific, they got some study showing they were the most reliable LTE network, something Verizon has never claimed. (And rightly so, IMO, since Verizon's LTE network has gone down a few times)
elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Re: Most relaiable 4G LTE network

Its all shades of gray. I lived through a few of those outages, and it was worse because it was the auth server so you couldnt drop down to 3G. That is old news however.

AT&T LTE coverage is NO WHERE near VZW though, that is just straight up bulls**t.

At the end of the day both AT&T and Verizon are sitting on 700MHz blocks so they will have superior coverage to everyone else so do you want Coke or Pepsi. Maybe Sprint can use that Nextel spectrum, but TMO is SOL. They will not (today) have good rural coverage. They would have to deploy 60k+ cells...
xenophon

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Re: Most relaiable 4G LTE network

Sprint is indeed starting to use the Nextel 800Mhz. 800 voice is rolling out now and 800 LTE is turning on later this year. VZW has 750 that is slightly lower than 800 but the difference in signal dB is less than 3% for rural areas and essentially no difference for urban areas since Sprint has more density of sites anyway.

Sprint should be able to match VZW in coverage in non-rural areas but they need to rollout out more 800Mhz rural sites to compete nationwide, which they plan to do.

Sprint has the pieces in place to compete on same level as ATT/VZW (and Sprint has more capacity), they just need to prove they can execute.
xenophon

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Tmobile will have to wait for 600Mhz auction but it may be many years before they can deploy. Unless there is a small carrier left to buy with low band they can convert to LTE.
jades

join:2013-04-01
New York, NY
CORRECT! Verizon LTE here in NYC is completely useless compared to AT&T LTE
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH
Yeah, exactly. Verizon's LTE network is a mess in a few key markets. AT&Ts is holding up a lot better... for now.
tman852

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Bullshit

This totally explains why my HTC One hops from GPRS, Edge, HSDPA, and LTE so often it drops the connections to data, calls and texts all together. People call, text whatever, and the shit comes through delayed by 20+ minutes and calls don't even show up.

Thankfully I found a network toggling app that lets you lock on to one specific network without constantly dropping and switching.
ssavoy
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Dallas, PA

Re: Bullshit

...maybe it's the phone? I had an HTC that would miss calls all the time due to the radio going to sleep when the screen was off. Very frustrating. AT&T replaced it for free
tman852

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Re: Bullshit

If you had power saver mode on or the option set to disable data it will do that. It shuts off the data connection when the screen is off. I have a friend with the S4 also having the same issues on AT&T, it never resolved until we found that toggling app to lock it on a network.

newview
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said by tman852:

Bullshit

yeah ... that was my take on it exactly.

IowaCowboy
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Dropped calls

I've had way fewer dropped calls and failed call attempts on Verizon than on AT&T.

Try making a call on an AT&T phone at the Holyoke Mall during the Christmas season, forget it and use a payphone instead. Verizon is no problem, although data can suck under congestion.

Another cell phone bottleneck is the Big E fair in September but I think the cell providers deploy COWs for that event. The Big E is big enough to cause Verizon data to bog down but voice and SMS are usable.
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nlwnola

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Metairie, LA

Re: Dropped calls

realize this only claims the most reliable 4G LTE network, says nothing about voice, which for now, is carried over 3G/UMTS. That may still have issues but should be getting better as more data traffic goes to LTE and frees up space on 3G

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LIES, damnable lies.

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bigozone1

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AT&T--- THE BIGGEST NETWORK IN MY AREA

but i still have to go outside my house to get a signal even though i am only a mile from a major east-west highway that gets coverage. calls cut in and out due to lack of coverage in this area and AT&T wants the state to pass that crazy bill allowing them to abandon old POTS systems so they can quit supporting copper and move everyone to a metered billing system on a WIFI network. HOW CAN THAT WORK?, when you can't even get a consistent signal without going outside with a cell-phone. And assuming that i had a good signal, i would need a WIFI router with a cell-phone modem or a MY-FI type device which incurs more expense. maybe with the correct model of phone i could tether it to a router or PC that worked as a server to supply all incomming and outgoing data and then pay their greedy a$$e$ for each megabyte.

but now other networks have moved antennas closer to my home and verizon is now a better option at home but at very few places within a 20 mile radius. with a few more upgrades in my area verizon may just take over, on the actual service and reception side anyway.

after thinking.... 700ms pings won't bother me.... i'll get dish.net or some sat. based service that has unlimited DL's after peak hrs are over... drop my home, cell, and dsl if things don't change... especially with these prices that keep going up...

calling retention this afternoon!!!!