Re: Comparing Verizon vs Cingular
- From: Dick <w6ccd@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 15:47:39 -0700
On Tue, 11 Jul 2006 12:51:32 -0700, SMS <scharf.steven@xxxxxxxxxxx>
My yardstick is the route from Prescott Arizona to Las Vegas Nevada.
The road takes 89 to Ashfork, I-40 to Kingman and 93 to Las Vegas
across Hoover Dam. Only a couple of years ago, coverage on that route
was spotty at best. Ever so often you would have enough signal to
make a quick call. Now, it is a completely different story. There
are cell phone towers on nearly every mountain top. Cingular coverage
is excellent now, except for a few miles south of Hoover Dam. Also
where I live was serviced by Verizon only. Now, that too has been
corrected. What I am seeing is cell towers being added at an amazing
pace. I don't think we will have those huge dead spots much longer.
And I am no longer sorry I switched from Verizon to Cingular.
Cingular does seem to be adding towers at a rapid pace, but
unfortunately there are a lot of places where it isn't possible to add
It is interesting that in one of our areas where Verizon had a lock on
coverage, and Cingular was missing, was at our new mall. At the
entrance to the mall, they put up three very tall flag poles. Inside
the top of the middle one is a Cingular cell. You would never know it
was in there unless you had prior knowledge. I just happened to see
it the day the electronics went in, and the cover was off. I
confirmed it at a Cingular kiosk in the mall. They are getting really
clever at disguising these things. The other day my wife spotted a
big pine tree that looked too symetrical not to be man-made. I
pointed out the antenna at the very top. That one was easy to spot,
but the flagpole would be impossible to figure out.
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