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. -- Splat
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. -- "If you want to anger a conservative lie to him. If you want to anger a liberal tell him the truth."
2013-Jul-19 11:07 am: ·
Mizzat Will post for thumbs Premium join:2003-05-03 Atlanta, GA kudos:1
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)
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...
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.
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.
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.
2013-Jul-19 11:34 am: ·
newview Ex .. Ex .. Exactly Premium join:2001-10-01 Parsonsburg, MD kudos:1
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. -- I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
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
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...