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Re: No support in your area...
Posted By: Trigger23 (188.8.131.52)
Date: Thursday, 13 September 2007, at 3:28 p.m.
In Response To: No support in your area... (J242)
: Up in AK, none of the major continental providers really hold any clout. Up
: there you guys have some pretty amazing test systems for 3G, GSM, and
: other "radio" frequencies but it really sucks at the same time
: because none of the advancements are presented to you. When I was still up
: there I was just waiting for one of "the big boys" to come up
: and start flexing a little muscle but it never happened. It sucks, you
: guys need the long range communications far more than any area I can think
: of in the lower 48 but get none of the network development. Oh well. The
: last time I was actually living up there I had Alaska Digitel and it was
: okay. My phones worked from about Eklutna to Girdwood and that was about
: it other than a few other spots but from what I've seen on my last visits,
: they've gotten better. Still, CDMA and TDMA blow ass and I hope you guys
: can get switched over to GSM soon. The call quality is WAY better and the
: features are pretty insanely superior as well in terms of the data
: connections... All in time I 'spose...
CellOne *is* GSM, but I don't know if they have quad-band support or not. AT&T recently bought Dobson, which means that we'll have a "big boy" up here (again) and we should see some improvements made at that point. I can't complain too badly about ACS' CDMA system. I get good coverage, don't drop calls with any regularity, and the sound quality is just fine. Moreover, I haven't noticed any significant difference between ACS and CellOne. What most suprised me is how expensive the iPhone plans are for what you get. Up here, the most expensive unlimited plans that include unlimited text are around $75/phone. AT&T wants like $60 or $80 for plans that limit both talk time and SMS and don't include wireless broadband. So much for the big boys, if you ask me....
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