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katie ta achoo
Jul 11, 2007, 03:53 PM
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The iPhone and I took a little trip to the Blue Bell Creameries (http://bluebell.com) in Brenham, TX yesterday. We went on a tour and it was all very fun and very tasty (you get ice cream at the end!) but I was concerned about how the iPhone would operate in a small town.

While Brenham (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenham,_Texas) isn't exactly a small town, as it has a population of about 13,500, I've lived in Houston (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston) (population about 2.1 million) my whole life. I'm used to having a Starbucks on every corner, four shopping malls within 20 minutes, and seeing cell phone towers dot the landscape.

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arn
Jul 11, 2007, 03:57 PM
of note, Texas appears to really good AT&T coverage everywhere... (though perhaps I just didn't zoom down enough to be sure it's true in the smallest towns.)

craigverse
Jul 11, 2007, 04:04 PM
I like icecream in small towns. :) How exciting. :)

Luis
Jul 11, 2007, 04:04 PM
I enjoy reading this articles very much and always look forward to them.

Also, I really think we (or Katie) should give a name to her iPhone, after all she treats him (or her?:p) as an individual (i.e. See last pic: "Katie and iPhone").

Lancetx
Jul 11, 2007, 04:05 PM
That's good to know. Hopefully I'll have a similar experience with AT&T's service the next time I go out to the piney woods of East Texas.

Ryanr14
Jul 11, 2007, 04:07 PM
I live in a small town (St. James, MO) of about 4,000. I get great coverage and EDGE speed on mine, although looking at the map you see why missouri is pretty covered.

Educ8r
Jul 11, 2007, 04:11 PM
of note, Texas appears to really good AT&T coverage everywhere... (though perhaps I just didn't zoom down enough to be sure it's true in the smallest towns.)

AT&T is based in San Antonio :)

talk2dug
Jul 11, 2007, 04:12 PM
We eat what we can and sell the rest.....

Hmm bluebell!!!!!!!

Texas04
Jul 11, 2007, 04:14 PM
I love the Factory there! And the free ice cream is such a good touch! :)

iomar
Jul 11, 2007, 04:17 PM
This weekend I took my iPhone to Yosemite Valley in California. While everyone else's phones were not getting service. I was able to get service, internet and emails. I loved it!

loudestnoise
Jul 11, 2007, 04:19 PM
Haha, Blue Bell. I haven't been up there in quite some time. I do pass through Brenham though on trips to College Station (Home of the Fighting Texas Aggies) although I've not made the trip since buying iPhone. Good to know I'll have coverage though. Ha, I already knew this though. AT&T coverage in most of Texas is great (as arn denoted with the fancy coverage map)

azdude
Jul 11, 2007, 04:29 PM
I'm in College Station myself, and my wife and I have gotten fantastic coverage here in town, and on several trips between here, Houston, and Austin. As Arn posted, AT&T has really thorough coverage in Texas... and that includes EDGE.

In fact, I did a speed test while on HW6 between here and Hempstead, and still got a fantastic 230-260 kbps... which is roughly what my Treo got on College Station's EV-DO. I'm quite happy that EDGE wasn't really a noticeable bandwidth downgrade for me after all.

The ice cream factory... I'll definitely have to go check that out. Do they do tours on weekends?

deannnnn
Jul 11, 2007, 04:34 PM
AT&T has very poor reception here in Fort Lauderdale, Florida... and I wouldn't call Fort Lauderdale a small town. Check out that map! The entire state of Florida is "in coverage area." Pshhh... Yeah right. I don't even like calling people on AT&T because I can never hear them...

Sorry for that negativity, I know that it's frowned upon. Lol. I was in Walgreens yesterday and the guy at the pharmacy was playing with his iPhone while talking on the Walgreens phone... so I stared at him for like a minute and a half and then whispered, "Hey, nice phone!" I'm just super cool like that ;)

noriyori
Jul 11, 2007, 04:37 PM
I live in a small town (St. James, MO) of about 4,000. I get great coverage and EDGE speed on mine, although looking at the map you see why missouri is pretty covered.

I'm in St. Louis, but went out just past Union MO on monday to do some swimming in a friends lake:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=38.468223,-91.335847&spn=0.005023,0.008948&t=h&z=17&om=1
<a href="http://dontclickitdude.com/IMG_0065.JPG" target="_blank"><img src="http://dontclickitdude.com/IMG_0065.JPG" width="500"></a>

I've been out there before and to bourbon Mo, which is not to far away and on my old SonyEricsson w610 on AT&T I never got reception. not even emerency services...
with the ipho(jesus/allah)ne I had full bars the whole time and full edge. I was able to check my mail and update my myspace(yeah. I'm kind of a tool like that).

not sure if it's the phone or AT&T upping the netwerk.... but anyway It's pretty rad!

with all this signal my only problem is getting my car stereo to not blip and bleep whenever the phone is checking it's nets.

ham_man
Jul 11, 2007, 05:39 PM
I do pass through Brenham though on trips to College Station (Home of the Fighting Texas Aggies) although I've not made the trip since buying iPhone.
Isn't that like grabbing an ice cold drink before you go to hell...? ;)

shadowfax
Jul 11, 2007, 05:53 PM
AT&T is based in San Antonio :)

They're also all over Texas, from what I understand. Also, Texas is a surprisingly Teched up state... They were smart when the oil boom started to die down a little bit, and Austin & Dallas & Houston all house a number of silicon companies. Not only that, but big oil is still doing well. Given all that, Wireless coverage seems pretty exceptional in much of Texas. I've done pretty well driving through WEST Texas, too, staying on the highways, and there's hardly anyone there. Brenham, as I recall, is way too close to Austin, San Antonio, and Houston to have poor AT&T reception.

BKF
Jul 11, 2007, 05:54 PM
As a native Texan now living in Brooklyn this was an especially painful piece to read. Pining for Blue Bell is one thing; pining for an iPhone is another; but to pine for both at once -- it's too much!

shadowfax
Jul 11, 2007, 06:02 PM
AT&T has very poor reception here in Fort Lauderdale, Florida... and I wouldn't call Fort Lauderdale a small town. Check out that map! The entire state of Florida is "in coverage area." Pshhh... Yeah right. I don't even like calling people on AT&T because I can never hear them...

Sorry for that negativity, I know that it's frowned upon.

Hey, I understand that. AT&T varies a lot from place to place, which really explains the widely varying opinions of it. I am on AT&T, which is great in Austin, where I used to live, and just fine in Norman, OK, where I go to school, but it really sucks out here in Los Alamos, NM, where I am doing an internship. I am also planning on moving here. AT&T only has coverage here through partners. So, since I am on a family plan with my wife's sister and brother-in-law (who are still in austin), we have to be careful not to use more minutes than they do (AT&T stipulates that you get your service disconnected if you use more than 50% of your minutes on non-ATT towers for 2 months in a row). It's pretty lame. One of my major disincentives for buying an iPhone.

Hopefully AT&T does well enough from the iPhone to be able to expand and improve it's network a lot more.

katanna
Jul 11, 2007, 06:40 PM
"I like icecream in small towns."
You must have never had Blue Bell!

My dad lives in Brenham, and I was down there a few weeks ago for Blue Bell's 100th anniversary. Happy 100th!

Matthew

Ryanr14
Jul 11, 2007, 06:51 PM
I'm in St. Louis, but went out just past Union MO on monday to do some swimming in a friends lake:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=38.468223,-91.335847&spn=0.005023,0.008948&t=h&z=17&om=1
<a href="http://dontclickitdude.com/IMG_0065.JPG" target="_blank"><img src="http://dontclickitdude.com/IMG_0065.JPG" width="500"></a>

I've been out there before and to bourbon Mo, which is not to far away and on my old SonyEricsson w610 on AT&T I never got reception. not even emerency services...
with the ipho(jesus/allah)ne I had full bars the whole time and full edge. I was able to check my mail and update my myspace(yeah. I'm kind of a tool like that).

not sure if it's the phone or AT&T upping the netwerk.... but anyway It's pretty rad!

with all this signal my only problem is getting my car stereo to not blip and bleep whenever the phone is checking it's nets.

Awesome my friend.Ive been trying this out all around town today getting used to it and testing signal and edge. Haven't gone to far out in the country but I'm at vbs right now using edge to surf and post this, I love it!!

X38
Jul 11, 2007, 07:31 PM
[...] Also, Texas is a surprisingly Teched up state [...]

Suprising?! The integrated circuit was invented here after all:
http://www.ti.com/corp/docs/kilbyctr/jackstclair.shtml

I have to agree with the good AT&T coverage. I live & work midway between Houston & Galveston and just swithced from a Verizon analog phone to the iphone. The Verizon coverage had gotten so spotty as to be virtually useless, but I get great phone calls on the iphone everywhere I've been so far in this area. (I haven't yet been out of the are since I got the iphone.) The internet speed I get on the EDGE network far exceeds what I expected from the early reviews and is completely usable and adequate. Even if I only get one or two bars (from inside a metal building), the phone is still clear and the internet speed acceptable.

katie ta achoo
Jul 11, 2007, 07:44 PM
Also, I really think we (or Katie) should give a name to her iPhone, after all she treats him (or her?:p) as an individual (i.e. See last pic: "Katie and iPhone").
Sounds fun! PM me some name ideas, I'll pick the ones I like best and make a poll a post in a few days. :) I'm not sure what gender my phone is...

This weekend I took my iPhone to Yosemite Valley in California. While everyone else's phones were not getting service. I was able to get service, internet and emails. I loved it!
That's cool... Didn't know there'd be such extensive coverage in Yosemite Valley. How was it in the mountains and all? I have no idea--Texas is incredibly flat state. I'm sure other people would like to hear about your experience. :)


As a native Texan now living in Brooklyn this was an especially painful piece to read. Pining for Blue Bell is one thing; pining for an iPhone is another; but to pine for both at once -- it's too much!
You can get blue bell at Outback or Apple Bees anywhere in the country, IIRC. :)
For the 100th anniversary Blue Bell is going on a cross-Texas tour, giving away free ice cream on the way. Yet-to-be-unnamed iPhone and I would visit, but we have to work on the weekend. :(

jane doe
Jul 11, 2007, 08:44 PM
That's good to know. Hopefully I'll have a similar experience with AT&T's service the next time I go out to the piney woods of East Texas.

The phone gets really good reception in the east texas area. You should have no problem.

mrbrown
Jul 11, 2007, 08:47 PM
I figured I'd chime in since I lived there for a few years.

First, an interesting fact - Blue Bell sells more ice cream in the few states in which in distributes (its only like 10) than the other ice cream companies that distribute to all 50 states.

Secondly, when I lived in Brenham, I was a subscriber on the original AT&T Wireless network (before they merged with Cingular). I never got a signal at all with that particular network (which was an 1800MHz network, I believe) until I got out of the town limits, but I was always able to roam on Cingular's network (which was in a lower band).

This posed a problem because I had a phone that wasn't compatible with the lower band, so I always had to switch the SIM to another phone when I visited the 'rents in Brenham.

Yankees 4 Life
Jul 12, 2007, 08:12 AM
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The iPhone and I took a little trip to the Blue Bell Creameries (http://bluebell.com) in Brenham, TX yesterday. We went on a tour and it was all very fun and very tasty (you get ice cream at the end!) but I was concerned about how the iPhone would operate in a small town.

While Brenham (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenham,_Texas) isn't exactly a small town, as it has a population of about 13,500, I've lived in Houston (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston) (population about 2.1 million) my whole life. I'm used to having a Starbucks on every corner, four shopping malls within 20 minutes, and seeing cell phone towers dot the landscape.

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Hey you know whats cool, i go to Texas A&M and i live in College Station, which is like 10 mins away! Nice to see MacRumors so close!:apple:

of note, Texas appears to really good AT&T coverage everywhere... (though perhaps I just didn't zoom down enough to be sure it's true in the smallest towns.)

Texas has great AT&T coverage because their headquarters are in San Antonio.

ryan42
Jul 12, 2007, 09:24 PM
I LIVE IN BRENHAM!!! I couldn't believe this when I saw it! :D

CrazyWingman
Jul 13, 2007, 02:14 PM
One asked if my phone was the new "iTunes Apple phone"

Actually, I was thinking of starting a thread on a similar topic after my experience last weekend. I was home visiting family who are decidedly not tech/gadget geeks. None of them used the term "iPhone". Instead, they kept talking about the "iPod phone".

Now, I know that Apple is marketing the dual functionality pretty strongly, but it surprised me that none of them had picked up on the actual product name.

Jawnbot
Jul 15, 2007, 12:22 AM
I have been to the Blue Bell factory up there, I live in Houston as well :D

I will also comment on the awesome coverage in the Houston area. I usually spend most of my time in the southwest, memorial city, river oaks, and downtown parts of H-Town but I rarely have less than 5 bars.

I was in Ft. Lauderdale/North Miami for half of last week and I noticed a little slower EDGE connection than what I am used to around the Houston area, but I still had about 4 or 5 bars the whole time. I noticed an earlier comment noting the crap reception around there but I think some type of interference may of been taking place.

Having everyone asking if I can send MMS on my "iPod Phone" so they can brag that their Razr can does get a quite annoying, but that is why I have the Vibe duos :D

Yankees 4 Life
Jul 17, 2007, 02:07 PM
I LIVE IN BRENHAM!!! I couldn't believe this when I saw it! :D

hey man, brenham is nowhere near htown... lol

Bahwinkle
Jul 23, 2007, 06:10 PM
[QUOTE=shadowfax;3906499]They're also all over Texas, from what I understand. Also, Texas is a surprisingly Teched up state...

Yes, Texas is not just oil, cowboys and cattle. Matt Mullenweg, founder of Word Press, was born and raised in Houston. He is in San Francisco now, but Houston was home until 2+ years ago.

Dell Computer (pardon me Apple fans) is located just outside Austin. (I know Dell is having market share problems currently, but that doesn't mean the technology isn't still there.)

The South by Southwest convention in Austin is tech heaven for one week a year, having started as a music and movie forum.

Texas Instruments, developer of the TI 83, the magical (When I was a kid, I used a sliderule and graphed problems manually.) graphing calculator which every high school kid is now required to have for Algebra and higher math, is located just outside Houston.

Remember, the first syllable in "Texas" is "Tech".

Wahoo!
:)

Genghis Khan
Jul 23, 2007, 08:36 PM
that calculator is the worst organised software i've ever seen

sure it does everything you could possibly want (except solve square root of 2 maybe)...but you'll never be able to find out those things unless someone shows you

speaking of texas...doesn't it also still have the death penalty? rigorously enforced by the current president i beleive

Bahwinkle
Jul 23, 2007, 10:05 PM
[QUOTE=Genghis Khan;3954074]that calculator is the worst organised software i've ever seen

I had two children go through the Houston Independent School System. I had to buy three TI 83s overtime. The cost was ridiculous -- around $90 a piece. I think doing certain math problems manually, like graphing, is important for developing the thought processes. (Think push-ups for the brain.) I had to buy three since high school students have sticky fingers and rob each other rather too often. The calculators were supposed to be terrific. Truly, the school district required their usage. I about choked when I learned they could be loaded with games, too.

I am saddened to read that in addition to being obscenely expensive, they are poorly organized.

Thank you for the information.