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Old Nov 7, 2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile Make Moves to Improve Coverage




Three US carriers have announced plans to improve their coverage areas, with AT&T announcing a $14 billion new investment, T-Mobile bringing HSPA+ or 4G support to three new metropolitan areas, and Sprint announced a $480 million spectrum and customer acquisition from regional carrier U.S. Cellular.

AT&T says it is investing $14 billion to expand its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks in order to accommodate future growth in high-speed Internet connectivity.
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AT&T today announced plans to invest $14 billion over the next three years to significantly expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks to support growing customer demand for high-speed Internet access and new mobile, app and cloud services. The investment plan - Project Velocity IP (VIP) - expands AT&T's high-potential growth platforms, helping drive continued increases in revenues from existing and new products and services, and earnings per share.
T-Mobile announced that it has brought HSPA+ service to three new metropolitan areas, expanding its 'Bring Your Own Phone' marketing effort. T-Mobile says iPhone 4S devices running on its network experience 70% faster connections than comparable devices on AT&T.
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T-Mobile customers can now experience these improvements in:

Washington D.C.: Alexandria, VA; Arlington, VA; Chevy Chase, MD; Falls Church, VA; Laurel, MD; McLean, VA; and Silver Spring, MD.

Baltimore: Glen Burnie and Towson, MD

Houston: Cypress, Jersey Village, Humble, Kingwood, and The Woodlands.

T-Mobile network advancements also continue in additional cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York metro area, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle. Customers in parts of these metro areas are already experiencing improved coverage and iPhone "speed sightings" on T-Mobile's 4G network.
Finally, Sprint is purchasing 585,000 Midwestern subscribers and a chunk of related spectrum from U.S. Cellular for $480 million. U.S. Cellular customers in Chicago, St. Louis, central Illinois, and other Midwestern markets are affected. Japanese carrier Softbank recently purchased a controlling interest in Sprint.

(Image via Flickr/Gary Lerude)

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Old Nov 7, 2012, 04:25 PM   #2
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Yes makes sense they are doing something positive for all the money we pay.

We need the government to step in and stop the price gouging
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 07:19 AM   #3
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Yes makes sense they are doing something positive for all the money we pay.

We need the government to step in and stop the price gouging
Unless you have an obamaphone how is pricing their concern? You need to google 'price gouging' because you clearly havent a clue to its definition.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 10:05 AM   #4
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Unless you have an obamaphone how is pricing their concern? You need to google 'price gouging' because you clearly havent a clue to its definition.
u think paying $30 a month for data and .25 $ per text isn't price gouging?

how dare you

how ***** dare u
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 09:48 AM   #5
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Yes makes sense they are doing something positive for all the money we pay.

We need the government to step in and stop the price gouging
Uh, no. We don't.

Everyone wants it. No one wants to pay for it. Arguably, the amount of value we get from the cost of wireless service is a steal. You just want to pay less, like everyone else. And you somehow think its a good thing for government to step into industry and start price fixing.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 04:26 PM   #6
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Gesh, remember the good ole AT&T days where they were spending $18B in a single year? Now it's $14B over three years? lol
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 04:27 PM   #7
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Even in Hawaii, with Verizon's LTE coverage there are many spots with 3G only.


Sucks when you get used to LTE then go to a non LTE area
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 04:29 PM   #8
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Too late, AT&T! I already switched to Verizon because for more than 10 years I have had no AT&T signal at my house and you never cared enough to do anything about it!
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 04:30 PM   #9
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Here's to hoping...at least for AT&T. I live in the middle of Scottsdale, AZ and can't make a phone call from any room in my house. I have to drive a block away before I get cell reception.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 04:35 PM   #10
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Here's to ATT bringing back true unlimited, unthrottled data to us loyal customers with grandfathered plans
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 04:53 PM   #11
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Here's to ATT bringing back true unlimited, unthrottled data to us loyal customers with grandfathered plans
lol keep dreamin buddy
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 07:35 PM   #12
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Here's to ATT bringing back true unlimited, unthrottled data to us loyal customers with grandfathered plans
You didnt buy unthrottled data and you get unlimited. Whats the complaint?

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Why improve? They can just sue each other for copying stuff...
Thats Apple, not the telecoms.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 01:12 AM   #13
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Here's to ATT bringing back true unlimited, unthrottled data to us loyal customers with grandfathered plans
Modern corporations don't care about brand loyalty. You're only worth something when you're someone new and you're leaving a competitor. The amounts of money corporations spend on marketing their products verses what they spend on making their products and research and development on improving their products is proof enough.

Consider the deals many television/internet/phone providers give new subscribers verses what they give existing customers who have remained.

AT&T doesn't want you grandfathered customers anymore. They've done what they can to reduce your usage of the unlimited plans without getting themselves pulled into court or creating a PR nightmare. They use every trick they can to get you to give it up. When a new iPhone or iPad comes out there's always several people who talk about how they were not able to keep their unlimited plan without holding to their position and appealing several levels up the management chain, when many more undoubtedly just accept the loss of their plans as a fact of life and don't question it.
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Here's to hoping...at least for AT&T. I live in the middle of Scottsdale, AZ and can't make a phone call from any room in my house. I have to drive a block away before I get cell reception.
Sounds like you should have complained.

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Old Nov 7, 2012, 04:46 PM   #15
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AT&T built near me a new tower. It's been sitting there finished for over a year now, without the node array on the top installed. Annoying as heck.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 04:29 PM   #16
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3G starting to come in on my old 3GS on T-Mobile around Chicago...
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3G starting to come in on my old 3GS on T-Mobile around Chicago...
Likewise on my 4S. Makes waiting at the Belmont stop much easier.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 04:47 PM   #18
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Has anyone experienced the improved T-Mobile service in the DC area?
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 04:49 PM   #19
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Is that a picture of the cloud?
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I'll believe it when I see it.
You and me both. I keep getting txt messages saying a new tower has been installed in my area, but my bars do not move!
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 05:03 PM   #22
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AT&T will spend the $10 billion in advertising, the remaining $4 billion is for actual improvements. Thanks AT&T!
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 05:13 PM   #23
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AT&T has been saying this for years, every year. And their coverage still sucks.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 05:17 PM   #24
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there doing this cause HURRICANE SANDY messed up alot of ATT serivce in the noreast didnt have a phone for 2-3 days its sucked not even INTERNET it was horrible besides no power but i hope dey design weather proof towers and stronger 4G and LTE SIGNALS FOR EVERYBODY
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Improved coverage as depicted by… clouds.

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