How do you think it will take for ATT to expand 3G

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by OutlawImmortal, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. OutlawImmortal macrumors regular


    May 14, 2010
    Hills of Eastern Kentucky
    If there has already been a thread about this posted then I apologize, but wading through all the Verizon threads started to make my eyes cross lol.

    I live in an area where Verizon has better coverage than ATT but honestly you dont get any service at my house with anything period. I have noticed since my I got my Iphone 4 when it released I get bars in spots I didnt get in years past. Perhaps its the phone maybe its just the service getting better, I dunno. However some of my friends/family who are on the beg red service get bars in a lot more places than I ever could and in places that I couldnt get a signal with a 15 foot antana and some of them even get bars at my house depending on their phone. In short, during my 45 minute drive to work, I have bars for maybe 10-15 minutes at best, thats how much it sucks.

    While I get bars in town, out in the country I get notta. I mean you have to go 30-50 miles before you even get a hint of a 3G hit on my phone lol.

    Do you guys think that with Verizon getting the iphone it will make ATT expand to places it has little to no service faster now that they have more than just the droid phones to worry about. I have no complaints with ATT because like I said nothing gets bars at my house and when I do have bars I have never once dropped a call. But if they keep going that the pace they are moving it might be better for me to jump ship eventually because Verizon seems to at least be making an effort where I live and ATT really hasnt budged in the 6 years I have been with them.

    I like whats happening because it means for folks like me we might actually get to see better coverage and maybe even 3G sooner than we would have.

    Your thoughts?
  2. jacollins macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2010
    I'd say no. AT&T hasn't exactly been covering itself with glory coveragewise, although they've "supposedly" been spending tons of money on it. With the number of users they lose, they will have even less reason to spend money on building infrastructure beyond demand. My thinking being that demand will drop below the supply as they lose customers.

    If they continue spending, I'd assume the focus would be more on LTE (and support of current infrastructure) vs adding more towers for 3G.
  3. OutlawImmortal thread starter macrumors regular


    May 14, 2010
    Hills of Eastern Kentucky
    Yeah, while I dont like it, your reasoning is better than mine lol. At least I have wifi.

    By the way the title should be "How long do you think it will take to expand..."
    cant edit the title heh:rolleyes:
  4. jacollins macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2010
    Well, the other thing is apparently in some areas, it's freaking impossible to get a new cell tower approved. That's why AT&T's so crappy in San Francisco. The city won't let them put new towers up to fill in the holes.
  5. Aatos.1 macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2010
  6. parseckadet macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2010
    Denver, CO
    I'm a little confused if you mean just coverage in general or 3G coverage specifically (i.e. you get good Edge coverage, but you're wanting better 3G signal). If we're talking 3G, the answer is soon. Check out this page and click "Coverage" near the bottom. Anything that's light blue is new 3G service that will be active by the end of March.

    If you just mean coverage in general, that's a different story. Look at it this way. If you stay with AT&T you'll be hoping that things get better for who knows how long. If you switch to Verizon you know for a fact that things will be better for you.
  7. flash144 macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2009
    WOW. Can't believe that they have that map up. thats the map showing 3g coverage that they tried to hide during that VZW commercial. Really sad.

    When you have that map up, bottom right corner says: Map depicts current and future 3G coverage.

    Compare that to VZW coverage map. (click on mobile broadband to get comparative) Who was telling the truth?
  8. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Uh, I'm looking at AT&T's 3G coverage map and see several places in Missouri that I know for a fact were not covered in 3G 5 months ago but are now completely covered. They are most definitely expanding their coverage.
  9. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2010
    Twin Cities
    Have you actually talked to anybody at AT&T about that map? I called me local store because I'm in one of the areas that will supposedly have 3G coverage by March 31st. The dude was a giant bag of douche and claimed to know nothing about anything. I'm so sick of their terrible customer service.
  10. Oilbrnr macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    AT&T is going to continue to focus on the major metro areas, and tranportation corridors. In my area of NE Scottsdale, there is still zero coverage for a very large chunk of land and population. Some of it you can get a weak signal from their rural partner, T-Mobile, but it is really spotty. This has not changed in the three years I've been with them. Vz has had great 3G coverage in this same area. Guess where I'm going 2/3/11! :D

    Bottomline, they are going to spend their money on infrastructure improvements that cover the largest user areas for a better ROI.
  11. eatmyjustice macrumors member


    Mar 24, 2008
    Washington, USA
    3G just went live in North Central Indiana tonight... prior to this we've only had spotty EDGE coverage.
  12. zephxiii macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2010
    Where at in north central Indiana?

    Att will continue to expand 3G, who knows how long it will take. But yea they will be more motivated to expand now.
  13. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    AT&T says ... before the release of the iPhone 7
  14. No ice please macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2009
  15. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
    Not trying to be a smart @ss, but why were you with a provider for 3 years when they weren't providing you adequate service?
  16. Highcroft macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2007
    AT&T has finally added 3G in my town in December. It was a nice Christmas surprise.
  17. Jeffrosproto macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2008
    The local stores don't know anything, and more often then not, they're not even run by AT&T. The best place to get answers on any coverage-related questions seems to be AT&T's facebook page. They gave me a good estimate on when my area would get 3G, which turned out to be exact. I would ask there. Also, I'd assume that they will stick to the March 31st date, since they're making such a big deal about it.
  18. mpossoff macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2010
    According to AT&T full expansion is my March 31st of 2011.


    After this expansion it looks like Verizon and AT&T will have close to same amount of white spots meaning places with no coverage at all.
  19. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    They are going to keep expanding/upgrading/improving their network. Right now, it might be called 3G, but when they make it better, I'm sure they'll start calling it 4G (in the very good AT&T areas).
    It'll keep evolving.
  20. Pheelyx macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2007
    Brookland, AR
    They are definitely expanding their 3g coverage. We just got it here in Jonesboro, AR. It's a town with about 53,000 population. Also added it to a neighboring town of 23,000.
  21. Rooftop voter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 26, 2010
    Looks as though they will have a lot more coverage by march 31st. That's good to see. I'm hoping that by this time next year, damn near the whole country will be 3 or 4g, especially on the east coast! Lol.
  22. ulbador macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2010
    Because the iPhone is a great smart device, just not the best phone, at least around here...

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