coverage map?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by cobaltchroma, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. cobaltchroma macrumors regular

    cobaltchroma

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    hello all, today while i was bored i popped over to AT&T's site and looked up my coverage, with my iPhone 3G sitting in front of me with 5 bars of EDGE. I saw this:
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    i immediately restarted my phone, no 3G. then i took out and reinstalled my sim, no 3G. reset network settings, no 3G. i went and looked at my parents phones (regular AT&T dumbphones), no 3G.

    as you can see, 3G stops a few miles away, and i can occasionally pick up a bar or two, but my phone switches and stays on Edge most of the time, which doesnt bother me much, its 5 bars strong.

    so what is this? the 3G towards the top is real and there, i drive through it all the time and pick it up. im covered, but i dont have any 3G. damn the blue!
     
  2. ryguy2303 macrumors 6502

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    When I do my area, it says I have 3G at my house and that I am surrounded by 3G for miles.


    I have never got 3G at my house.
     
  3. ant131531 macrumors member

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    This isn't exactly accurate and if your at the edge of a 3G network, chances are it may be wrong..
     
  4. cobaltchroma thread starter macrumors regular

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    im totally surrounded, i just live in a tiny hole apparently.
    oh well, its coming soon, they have to connect it all eventually.
    haha
     
  5. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    And does it pick up when you step outside?
     
  6. ryguy2303 macrumors 6502

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    No, I need to go about 2 miles away from my home to get decent 3G coverage. That bloody map is a lie.
     
  7. Looon macrumors 6502a

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  8. co.ag.2005 macrumors 68000

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    what's the terrain like near you? Living in Colorado, mountains, hills, etc. cause these maps to look spotty and most of the time to be innaccurate. Vertical differences in terrain do affect cell signals.
     
  9. ksmith80209 macrumors 6502a

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    Also here in Colorado - trees, shrubs, people, cars, small animals, and clouds interfere with getting a good signal. Based on my number of failed calls, that is.
     
  10. co.ag.2005 macrumors 68000

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    interesting... my 3G signal is pretty solid in the Denver Metro... very few dropped calls, etc.
     
  11. cobaltchroma thread starter macrumors regular

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    i live 20 miles from the coast.
    its all flat land, and not many trees between me and my tower.
    i can see it from my window right now.

    i guess one day ill wake up, turn on my phone, and itll snap right to 3G.
     
  12. cobaltchroma thread starter macrumors regular

    cobaltchroma

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    hey guys, just here to clarify some more.
    the red dot is the tower that i can see from my house,
    and i know for a fact that theres a tower where the green dot is, because its in my friends backyard and thats her neighborhood.



    [​IMG]


    so i think that my phone picks up the 3G signal from the "green" tower (1-2 bars), while my "red" tower is still only on E (ALWAYS 5 bars), even though it says its 3G.
     
  13. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Are you sure the red dot is an AT&T leased tower? Maybe they're only on the green dot tower.
     
  14. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    I see a US Navy Radio station. Must be that due to airwave restrictions, AT&T can't set up adequate network in there. After all, how else can you explain a perfect square of AT&T 3G on that map? Also, take a close look how square the cut off are. Normally a cell tower beams EM waves in a circular radii.
     

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