Friday, March 31, 2006 | Coverage Maps, Drive Testing, Fixing Coverage, Rants
Monday, March 27, 2006 | Cell Towers, Customer Service, Drive Testing, Fixing Coverage, MetroPCS, Prepaid, Sprint, T-Mobile, TracFone, Verizon Wireless, Walmart
Which Network Are You Really On?
Unlike the major carriers (ie. Verizon Wireless, Sprint / Nextel, T-Mobile, AT&T), Amp'd, Boost Mobile, TracFone, MetroPCS & Virgin Mobile do not own its own network of cell towers. These prepaid cellular phone companies are all MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). MVNOs buy large batches of minutes from the traditional wireless carriers, piggybacking on their national networks. Amp'd leases Verizon's network, Boost Mobile uses Nextel's network, TracFone uses AT&T's network and Virgin uses Sprint's network. Hence, the reason we do not list these carriers in our list of coverage complaints. If you experience dead zone while using any prepaid phones please submit their respective network operator.
99% of consumers do not understand te CDMA TDMA GSM Analog giberish. Keep it simple stupid is my solution. If you can't make a call it is considered a "dead zone" and should be submitted to our database. Gaps in the national cellular coverage exist because the CDMA/TDMA/GSM providers to not cover the whole nation. The only thing still in common with the various cellular carriers is the original analog system. As you move around the country you should get service on your digital service or switch to analog service, if your digital service is not available. Sometimes you may pay extra to make an analog call (aka roaming), BUT at least you can make a call in an emergency situation. Most newer cellular phones support both digital and analog frequencies, so if your digital services is not available the phone should switch to analog services.
Using Cell Phones on Airplane Myth
Why do airplane crews still tell passengers that cell phones will disrupt navigation? It is a lie!
The FCC's concern (not the FAA) was that it will make it more difficult for people on the ground to get and hold a cellphone connection. The potential for airplanes collectively carrying tens of thousands of cell-phoner users at any one time to disrupt cellphone calls on the ground is the reason for the regulation. Why don't airlines just say that? Because an early clever bureaucrat concluded that passengers would rigidly obey a rule that otherwise might cause their plane to crash, but would be much less motivated if the potential risk is to some unknown person on the ground who might have to redial a few more times. Read more at eWeek.
Sunday, March 12, 2006 | ATT Wireless, Consumer Reports, Coverage Maps, Customer Service
Friday, March 10, 2006 | Alltel, ATT Wireless, Blackberry, Cellular South, Cincinnati Bell, Cricket, MetroPCS, Qwest, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless
[10-digit phone number]@message.alltel.com
[10-digit phone number]@txt.att.net
For multimedia messages, use [10-digit-number]@mms.att.net
[10-digit phone number]@myboostmobile.com
[10-digit phone number]@sms.mycricket.com
For multimedia messages: [10-digit phone number]@mms.mycricket.com
Nextel (now part of Sprint Nextel)
[10-digit telephone number]@messaging.nextel.com
[10-digit phone number]@messaging.sprintpcs.com
[10-digit phone number]@tmomail.net
[10-digit phone number]@vtext.com
Virgin Mobile USA
[10-digit phone number]@vmobl.com
Other U.S. and Canadian carriers: