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Old 06-24-2019, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I can’t comment on Sprint other than anecdotally from what I have heard. My example was with T-Mobile.

If you are really rural then the 1% of coverage difference means you get a signal rather than none.
Day before yesterday we were at a logging festival in a town five miles south of my home. A fellow walk up to me asking for directions. His T mobile phone had no signal. I pulled up google maps on my Verizon phone and let him view maps
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Old 06-24-2019, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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Day before yesterday we were at a logging festival in a town five miles south of my home. A fellow walk up to me asking for directions. His T mobile phone had no signal. I pulled up google maps on my Verizon phone and let him view maps
Sprint and T Mobile have a lot of dead areas. My understanding is that T Mobile has more coverage than Sprint. Sprint is really bad though. A lot of places in the city I don't have coverage with Sprint.

I have experienced dead areas with AT&T as well though, in the city, but no where near to the extent that I have with Sprint.

AT&T's towers, whatever they're doing, don't penetrate big buildings very well. If you can't see a window from where you're located at in the building, chances are AT&T may not work. I usually just go with Wi-Fi in those situations.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:03 PM
 
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AT&T's towers, whatever they're doing, don't penetrate big buildings very well. If you can't see a window from where you're located at in the building, chances are AT&T may not work. I usually just go with Wi-Fi in those situations.
5g may solve that issue. Carriers will place way more cell towers than 4G.
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Old 06-26-2019, 11:01 AM
 
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5g may solve that issue. Carriers will place way more cell towers than 4G.
5G will require that most buildings have in-building cellular aids for reliable inside coverage. I suspect it will be a long time before switching to 5G cellular really makes sense, for most people.
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Old 06-26-2019, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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5g may solve that issue. Carriers will place way more cell towers than 4G.
Those towers will have to be inside of buildings. I don't see many businesses doing that unless carriers incentivize 5G and make it worth their trouble. If it is like they say that it is, you'll need like 20 cells or more for every single 4G tower. Not too many businesses are going to install a cell on each floor or one in every wing of a building. Colleges and Hospitals; forget about it people are just going to have to use Wi-Fi.
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:15 PM
 
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Day before yesterday we were at a logging festival in a town five miles south of my home. A fellow walk up to me asking for directions. His T mobile phone had no signal. I pulled up google maps on my Verizon phone and let him view maps
Two possibilities -

1) T-Mobile doesn’t have coverage there

2) his phone doesn’t have the band that T-Mobile uses there.

I’ve seen people complain about coverage with their 5 year old phone when mine worked just fine - same carrier.
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Two possibilities -

1) T-Mobile doesn’t have coverage there

2) his phone doesn’t have the band that T-Mobile uses there.

I’ve seen people complain about coverage with their 5 year old phone when mine worked just fine - same carrier.
Possibility #1 is why.
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Old 06-27-2019, 12:40 PM
 
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Possibility #1 is why.
What was the logging festival town?
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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What was the logging festival town?
Too close to where I live to state in public. Will send you a DM
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Old 07-28-2019, 06:24 AM
 
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Verizon came out of AT&T. Could it be that AT&T has other carriers using their infrastructure?
Very common for the cellular carriers to use AT&T's fiber optic network, for backhaul.
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