AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile Make Moves to Improve Coverage

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    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.

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    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.
    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.
    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.

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    Article Link: AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile Make Moves to Improve Coverage
     
  2. Radio macrumors 68000

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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
     
  3. aristobrat macrumors G4

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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
     
  4. jontech macrumors 6502

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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 :)
     
  5. gkarris macrumors 604

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    3G starting to come in on my old 3GS on T-Mobile around Chicago... :)
     
  6. lshaner macrumors regular

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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!
     
  7. TheseGoTo11 macrumors member

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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.
     
  8. Junipr macrumors regular

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    Here's to ATT bringing back true unlimited, unthrottled data to us loyal customers with grandfathered plans
     
  9. TrentS macrumors 6502

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    I Did! I Did!!!!

    Sounds like you should have complained.

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  10. qwerter macrumors member

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    Likewise on my 4S. Makes waiting at the Belmont stop much easier. :)
     
  11. IzzyJG99 macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  12. akuma13 macrumors 6502a

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    Has anyone experienced the improved T-Mobile service in the DC area?
     
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    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!
     
  16. krashx7 macrumors regular

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    lol keep dreamin buddy
     
  17. rickdollar macrumors 6502

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    Hey, AT&T, don't worry about apps and clouds. Let's just concentrate on the network, OK?
     
  18. joueboy macrumors 6502a

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    AT&T will spend the $10 billion in advertising, the remaining $4 billion is for actual improvements. Thanks AT&T!
     
  19. HiRez macrumors 603

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    AT&T has been saying this for years, every year. And their coverage still sucks.
     
  20. AntJon82 macrumors member

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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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  22. prspectiv2 macrumors newbie

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    What a coincidence!

    The day after a democratic administration gains four more years, AT&T believes in reaching more customers and improving broadband by investing in infrastructure.

    Ars Technica covers this story from a slightly different angle.
     
  23. camnchar macrumors 6502

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    Same here with the crappy coverage from AT&T for 4 years. Complained, got partial refunds, got a 3G microcell, no improvement. Calls dropped every. single. day.

    No problems since I switched to Verizon!
     
  24. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    Too Little too late. We'll never notice the improvement.
     
  25. Aspasia macrumors 65816

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    Quite amusing given it was precisely two months ago when AT&T made 3G available in my area.
     

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