Verizon map of AT&T 3G coverage, true or false?

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  1. palmerc2 macrumors 65816

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    After seeing the "there's a map for that" commercial a few times, I want to know how peoples 3G coverage is to see how to true the map is. Based on the map, I can already tell you the 3G coverage from Los Angeles to Phoenix, AZ is false. I have 3G coverage all the way there and back :eek:

    Post if your 3G coverage isn't "blue" on the map, name location too if need be

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  2. leomac08 macrumors 68020

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    I WANT TO KNOW PEOPLE WHO HAVE AT&T, receive any 3G reception in Montana? Wyoming? New Mexico? South and North Dakota, Idaho,Nebraska, and Alaska?:p;)
     
  3. TSX macrumors 68030

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  4. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040

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    I live in New Mexico. Pretty good 3G coverage in Albuquerque. Spotty everywhere else.
     
  5. leomac08 macrumors 68020

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    Judging from the AT&T blue map......

    What cities are those blue dots in new mexico?

    is it Santa Fe, and Albuquerque?
     
  6. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Are you going to believe a commercial? Neither map is accurate. V's red is not that red and AT&T's blue is really more blue. I don't remember the specifics, but there was a thread on here that discussed just how distorted verizon portrayed the differences in the 3G networks.
     
  7. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    Have fun in Nevada and Montana roaming on GPRS with 1bar to no service while your friend on verizon is rocking EVDO rev a LOL. I really like how verizons "3G" coverage is inflated to the max.
     
  8. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040

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    Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and down south is Las Cruces. Santa Fe only has Edge coverage currently (with AT&T).
     
  9. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    This. If you can find it you will see how corrupt it is. I posted in there about the differences in what vzw and AT&T considers 3G...
     
  10. TSX macrumors 68030

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  11. nehunte macrumors 6502

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    Aggie, it was me that started a thread about the ads a few weeks back and everybody nailed me to the cross over it. Now it doesn't look like I'm so crazy. Verizon is painting red anywhere on their map that you can achieve "3G speeds." Red on the map doesn't necessarily mean you'll be on EVDO. 1X (CDMA 2000) can often times achieve 3G data speeds (348 kbps+). Verizon then only shows the true 3G areas with AT&T. Yes, Verizon has more 3G coverage, but deceiving people is wrong. It bothers me.

    People can read more about it in my OP on the thread that I started. And before everybody goes off bashing me and labeling me an AT&T fanboy/Apple fanboy or whatever you'll call me, I really like Verizon and think they DO have the best network. I just have a problem with deceiving consumers. That's all.
     
  12. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    Yeah what's bad is even if it's 1x at 348+kbs verizon is still claiming it's EVDO. I thought I heard that additionally that map only showed HSDPA coverage which would be significantly less than just UMTS 3G coverage...could be wrong though.
     
  13. TSX macrumors 68030

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    I guess that's the point of their commercials.
     
  14. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    I think AT&T has more coverage than what the map shows.

    When driving from NYC to Pensacola, FL and back via I95 and I10, my phone that I was using at the time (Treo Pro) stayed on HSDPA(the "H" icon) most of the time. I had no dropped 3G service traveling through the Carolinas as the map indicates.
     
  15. nehunte macrumors 6502

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    Yep, you didn't get it.
     
  16. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    Of course they have more coverage than what the map shows. The map shown in the commercial is not correct. I get 3G no matter where I go in in my city.

    No matter where I've traveled I've gotten 3G, Reno, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tucson, it's never failed me.
     
  17. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Nope he didn't.

    @TSX: YES, V has better coverage, just not so friggin' better as they show on their commercial. Clear?
     
  18. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    The reason most of the 3G area of those states is blank, is because ATT has no towers of their own in those locations.

    And, while you can do at least voice roaming, you cannot own an iPhone if you live in the following blank areas (because they have no ATT home towers):

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  19. Ericatomars macrumors regular

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    There's alot of times that my friends on AT&T have no reception, while I'm on Verizon and I have great reception.... I LOVE THAT WITH VERIZON YOU CAN TALK UNDERGROUND THROUGH THE CTA RAIL TUNNLES... well not that I really talk because it's loud by being able to text is really awesome.
     
  20. CandyCane23049 macrumors regular

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    I rode the redline on Sat. and I didn't have no problems with my 3GS.
     
  21. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    The red map shows EVDO. Verizon finished rolling out EVDO back in mid-2007, when the iPhone first went on sale and ATT was still beefing up EDGE for it.

    What the red doesn't show, is if it's regular EVDO (400-700Kbps) or EVDO Rev A (600Kbps-1.4Mbps).

    Also, you're still really confused about 1XRTT (144Kbps) and EDGE (236Kbps) actual max speeds on available phones in the USA.

    They haven't deceived anyone. Verizon is showing their EVDO coverage, next to ATT's own 3G map.

    The only complaint you should have, is with ATT's map makers. For example, they show little 3G coverage on I-95 through the Carolinas, but someone else here claims they had it all the way.
     
  22. dubels macrumors 6502

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    My coverage in the SF Bay Area is so spotty it is outrageous. It was not that bad before but it seems to be getting worse not better! Sometimes I wish I still had my original iPhone, but then I remember their edge coverage is still not the greatest and edge speed is so slow. And I live in an area that they have mapped as having the best quality voice and 3g service. the Searching for Service on my screen tells another story.
     
  23. jefflesh macrumors newbie

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    I am in Michigan, just south of Detroit and I get better 3G and voice signal on my iPhone then any of the Verizon phones I have had. Also, Verizon shows that the entire lower portion of Michigan is red, I visit Norther Michigan all the time and we never got reception up there. No issues with AT&T. Its not 3G but I get EDGE and voice...couldn't do that with V.

    Thanks for your time.

    Sincerely,

    Jeff
     
  24. solideliquid macrumors 6502

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    I might be an isolated case, but when I type in my area code into ATTs coverage viewer and select "3G", the entire area is BLUE, for MILES. However I invite you to come to my house (not really, but the area around the pin) and turn on your 3G. You know what you get? NO SERVICE, followed by 1-2 bars of edge.

    You know what that means? No ETF.

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  25. ok3wire macrumors member

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    Well, I won't deny that it sounds as if Verizon is possibly giving themselves a little more credit than they deserve. That said, AT&T still has their work cut out for them to close the gap.
     

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