Service in NJ/NY area

bigwayne3000

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Nov 23, 2008
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I live in the country of NJ and was wondering how the service is. I'm switching over in Jan from VZW for the iPhone but I'm just curious on people's opinions on the service in the area or in any rural area you may live in. Thanks guys!
 

Wicked1

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Apr 13, 2009
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New Jersey
Depends where you live, I switched in June, and I live in Central NJ but I have traveled all over the 5 Boroughs of New York, Deep into the mountains of Pennsylvania, all over NJ and I have Full 3G with Full Bars 99% of the time.
 
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gforce216

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Jun 17, 2009
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Same here. I have max bars in southern NJ and my 3G speeds are at 1.7-1.9mbps. So being at nearly 2 mbps for download speeds makes me really happy with the service I get. Not disappointed at all. And I have not had a dropped call in months.
 
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scaredpoet

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Apr 6, 2007
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NJ is pretty heavily covered, and for the most part, the "big three" (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T) have roughly equal coverage. Whether or not you have good AT&T coverage though, depends on how deep int he country you are. There are still some backwoods areas of NJ (primarily in the south, like in Atlantic County and parts of Cumberland County) that don't have 3G, so this may be an issue for you.

You might want to see if you can borrow someone's AT&T phone (preferably with 3G) to see what kind of signal you get. Or, spend $20 or so and get a GoPhone.

The most accurate indicator would be to just sign up and use the 30-day trial. Don't port your Verizon number over initially, and don't cancel right away. Let AT&T activate your iPhone on one of their numbers. Then, take it home and try it out. If the service is bad, return the phone and you still have your old number on Verizon. But if the coverage and service turn out to be good and you're happy with the iPhone, just call up AT&T within the 30 days, and tell them you want to port your Verizon number over to your existing AT&T line. They'll take care of the rest. The AT&T phone number will go away, your Verizon phone number will transfer over to your iPhone, and your Verizon line will automatically cancel. The process takes a couple of hours, though bear in mind that sometimes it can take up to a day for text messaging to fully work again after a port.

I've been all over NJ, and have been fairly lucky I guess, with good service all around for the past year. There were places up in Jersey City that I ran into some rough patches for data, however, but that was a long while ago.
 
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psywzrd

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Feb 6, 2008
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NJ is pretty heavily covered, and for the most part, the "big three" (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T) have roughly equal coverage. Whether or not you have good AT&T coverage though, depends on how deep int he country you are. There are still some backwoods areas of NJ (primarily in the south, like in Atlantic County and parts of Cumberland County) that don't have 3G, so this may be an issue for you.

You might want to see if you can borrow someone's AT&T phone (preferably with 3G) to see what kind of signal you get. Or, spend $20 or so and get a GoPhone.

The most accurate indicator would be to just sign up and use the 30-day trial. Don't port your Verizon number over initially, and don't cancel right away. Let AT&T activate your iPhone on one of their numbers. Then, take it home and try it out. If the service is bad, return the phone and you still have your old number on Verizon. But if the coverage and service turn out to be good and you're happy with the iPhone, just call up AT&T within the 30 days, and tell them you want to port your Verizon number over to your existing AT&T line. They'll take care of the rest. The AT&T phone number will go away, your Verizon phone number will transfer over to your iPhone, and your Verizon line will automatically cancel. The process takes a couple of hours, though bear in mind that sometimes it can take up to a day for text messaging to fully work again after a port.

I've been all over NJ, and have been fairly lucky I guess, with good service all around for the past year. There were places up in Jersey City that I ran into some rough patches for data, however, but that was a long while ago.
This is excellent advice - by far the best way to do it.
 
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kdarling

macrumors P6
I think you have to be much more specific. Where exactly in NJ?

My wife works in the hilly country west of Oakland.

She was going to get an iPhone, but first she went all over her usual routes with a friend who has one. One person drove while the other tried to keep a conversation going with a third friend.

In her case, there were too many voice and/or 3G dead spots, so she had to give up the idea for now.

You can't beat a real life test.
 
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