Washington DC reception

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  1. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

    NovemberWhiskey

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    How is the reception in Washington DC?

    I read the old threads, but thought that an update was in order. Do you get service in the metro now?

    I am currently on verizon, but really want to switch over to the iphone. If the reception is terrible, I may have to stay on Verizon and get the Blackberry Tour when it comes out.

    However, the iPhone is my first choice.
     
  2. Maclver macrumors 68020

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    I went there over spring break.. and its good coverage... I even had some coverage in the Metro but not all the time
     
  3. NovemberWhiskey thread starter macrumors 68030

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    How did you reply so fast??? I just hit the submit button!

    :confused:

    Thanks though! :)

    No problems with dropped calls/no bars?
     
  4. BryanLyle macrumors 6502a

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    Coverage is pretty good. You'll have ZERO coverage underground in the Metro. I think VERIZON has the market for that. Hopefully, AT&T will work on that.
     
  5. Maclver macrumors 68020

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    I didnt have any dropped calls, and most of the time had full signal strength
     
  6. gloss macrumors 601

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    General D.C./NoVA coverage is good, although Verizon pips it by a bit. Verizon, though, has a monopoly on Metro coverage.
     
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    I lived in DC with an iphone for a year and had very very good coverage. Couldn't really ask for better, actually - pretty much full bars at all times. You're not going to get anything on the metro though - that's verizon only.
     
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    It's decent and 3G coverage extends far into the suburbs.

    There are a few holes in some areas but that's to be expected of any network.
     
  11. NinjaMonkey macrumors regular

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    No serious issues for me. I really don't have any more dropped calls then I had when I was on Verizon. AT&T have also really done a good job in pushing their 3G service into most of Maryland/Northern VA and even out to WVA in the past year. They really have been doing a good job in constatly expanding their coverage in the area.

    The only issue is the lack of service in the Metro tunnels. I thought I heard at one point Metro was going to allow expansion to other networks down there but who knows when that will actually happen.
     
  12. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Nice thread, considering I'm catching a redeye from San Francisco to Washington DC this evening. I'll be in the Falls Church, VA area for a couple of days, then on to Rockville, MD. Thanks for the info.....:cool::cool::cool:
     
  13. SimpsonsFan007 macrumors member

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    Reading this thread makes me very happy. :D

    Yeah, and I'd heard that because of some anti-trust deal they couldn't just have Verizon in the Metro lines and were working on fixing that. Looks like it might be a reality in 2012, if that article is to be believed!
     
  14. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Gawd, we'll have a new president by then....:p:p:p
     
  15. gloss macrumors 601

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    Hey, that's where I work. I highly recommend you drop by Elevation Burger for a bite while you're there. They do a rather good patty and if you're a vegetarian they've got you covered.

    Try Five Guys for a more hardcore burger experience. :)
     
  16. JohnnyQuest macrumors 65816

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    I visited DC last summer, and with my Edge iPhone, I had full service everywhere. Museums, metro, everywhere...except it did go out in the Archives, but the camera still worked in there ;) I actually remeber being very impressed with how great service was all around DC.
     
  17. SimpsonsFan007 macrumors member

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    Both AMAZING burger joints.
     
  18. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I'll take advantage of both of them, since I'm there until June 22nd. Thanks....:cool::cool::cool:
     
  19. gloss macrumors 601

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    Sure thing. Always happy to spread the word. :D

    p.s.: Elevation does a phenomenal milkshake, so do yourself a favor.
     
  20. Streamer macrumors member

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    It could be a little better. That said, I've had a load of issues in the last few evenings. I've had dropped calls and at one point, no 3G or EDGE from Merrifield to Burke, VA. All GSM calls. I was wondering if AT&T have been working on their cells recently in that area.

    I'm also not convinced that OS3.0 GM was/is as good as 2.2.1 for calls but I have no real evidence to back that up.
     
  21. 1Zach1 macrumors 65816

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    I've always had good service all over (except for the metro) the area.

    And Five Guys FTW. ;)
     
  22. SimpsonsFan007 macrumors member

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    Five Guys iPhone meetup his weekend in the works? :p
     
  23. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Any word on the tethering capabilities in the above stated areas? I'm at the Hotel George the last few days of my trip and I'll need to call them to find out if they have WiFi, b/c they don't have it listed on their website.....
     
  24. SimpsonsFan007 macrumors member

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    Are you referring to tethering with the iPhone? On AT&T that won't be officially out until sometime before the end of summer.
     
  25. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Sorry, I've got the developer's GM 3.0 and I'm all tethered up (gawd, that sounds weird)....:cool::cool::cool:
     

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