09-14-2008 01:32:56 PM
Or so I thought...
Until I saw a few folks using at&t phones where mine was showing "No Service". So, I tried a different phone with my SIM card, but that didn't change the results.
What would cause me to show no coverage at all where others can use their at&t phones without any issues? And in an area where I had perfectly fine coverage a year ago?
(If the area is relevant, it's in parts of New Hampshire -- the white mountains areas. But I don't think it's relevant since many folks have and use their at&t phones just fine.)
09-14-2008 01:57:39 PM
Additionally, with a different providers SIM card, it shows "USA 890" -- which comes up as Unicel. Why the difference in naming?
09-14-2008 04:04:44 PM
09-14-2008 05:13:07 PM
@Blue4Life The phone supports all the standard GSM bands. I've got two and both worked in the same places last year.
It is pre-paid. But it worked last year. Is it common for that to change? I have checked the coverage viewer -- but it's not as precise as actually checking coverage with a phone -- which is what I did last year. And others have phones that work fine.
Back to the prepaid thing... why would the coverage be any different? at&t is at&t, no?
09-14-2008 05:22:59 PM
White Mountain NF (on the map) shows up as 'roaming'.
When 'GoPhone' is selected, the roaming in that area disappears (aka No-Service/Emergency Only)
09-14-2008 05:31:09 PM
Thanks for the info.
Maybe I need to just switch to Unicel. They seem to have good roaming rates in to Canada, as well (50 cents compared to at&t 99cents if it's the same as Mexico roaming). I do, however, like having a prepaid plan with a flat, $20 data charge. It gives me the free ability to switch -- which I may be forced to exercise soon.
09-14-2008 05:41:19 PM
09-14-2008 10:55:06 PM
There 'used' to be a good plan back when it was 'AT&T Wireless' (pre Cingular days), you could get a $9.99/month North America package and just use plan minutes in Canada (I used it more than once).
This year I did not have it, and it cost me almost $50 in roaming.
09-15-2008 07:42:52 AM
Unicel responded to my email with a query to call them -- not quite what I had in mind. At least they seem to have email, unlike at&t who uses a form, but only if you have a postpaid account. (The prepaid accounts come here -- a place at&t employees seem to avoid).
My options appear to be:
1. cross my fingers for a nice, cheap femtocell roll out very soon on at&t (1a. switch to postpaid and hope they don't boot me)
2. see if I can check t-mobile coverage without committing (maps show coverage, and zip code works, unlike at&t)
3. see if Unicel actually has coverage without committing (they keep adding new towers and show as much, unlike other carriers)
Am I missing any?
09-15-2008 08:01:08 PM
If you have 'weak' AT&T service nearby, I'd actually look into purchasing a repeater vs. a femtocell.