by dave1973 - 10/24/05 11:10 AM
In Reply to: wrong by Mikey4985
CDMA maybe an older technology, but it has advanced with the times. BTW, If you say that Verizon Wireless will be in trouble if they don't upgrade to GSM, then so would Sprint PCS, Alltel, & US Cellular to name a few carriers that use CDMA. When US Cellular upgraded their network from TDMA, they went the opposite route from all other carriers upgraded from TDMA to GSM. US Cellular upgraded from TDMA to CDMA. All carriers allow roaming onto other networks, depending on the plan you choose, but in the case of Sprint, Cingular, and T-Mobile, they have a disclaimer that they reserve the right to terminate your service if you make less than half of your call on their network in a 3 month period. T-Mobile's coverage area is a joke in Indiana and Wisconsin, where I do a lot of traveling, and according to their coverage area, I am off their network more than on the network, and that's why I won't go with T-Mobile. A T-Mobile reseller always tries to sell me T-Mobile service and I tell them I'm not interested, and they tell me how it's better than Verizon. I tell them I have no problems with T-Mobile, and T-Mobile doesn't cover most rural areas, and because of that I would roam more than be on the network, providing I can get the phone to roam. T-Mobile uses only the 1900 band, while Cingular uses the 850 band, and most T-Mobile phones don't have the 850 band, and Centennial Wireless (a Fort Wayne Indiana based rural service) only uses the 850 band, but has all of their phones with the 1900 as well to roam on T-Mobile's network where T-Mobile has coverage. Since Verizon Wireless covers all of Indiana that I travel, plus the Madison & Milwaukee areas, I have no need to switch to a service to a GSM service. If you have anyone to blame for most of the country being on CDMA, you can blame the FCC for not adopting a standard in the 90's, and allowed TDMA & CDMA to be used, and then Voicestream bringing GSM to the United States.
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