Coverage for Prepaid Phones

Professor

Coverage for Prepaid Phones

I have a question regarding wireless coverage:

 

Under Terms and Conditions, if I click coverage, this is what I get for Pay As You Go:

http://www.wireless.att.com/support_static_files/images/maps/payasyougo.gif

 

and this is what I get for Pick Your Plan:

http://www.wireless.att.com/support_static_files/images/maps/pickyourplan.gif

 

There is another coverage map on the AT&T Coverage Viewer, with Pay As You Go clicked:

http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/#?type=gophone&opt=payg

 

So for Pay As You Go type, which map do I use?

 

Thanks.

 

 

 

 

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Professor

Re: Coverage for Prepaid Phones

That's interesting. It's as if you were getting lowest speed on 3G vs the highest speed on EDGE.

 

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Master

Re: Coverage for Prepaid Phones


Razr8 wrote:

That's interesting, that your post paid and prepaid data speeds are the same. Is that pretty much how it is all the time and everywhere you go?


I haven't done comparison testing between the two SE's except while at home.  But I've used the 3G SE elsewhere with no noticeable improvement in data speeds - although I also don't use my phone for data much outside of e-mail.  (I have no real desire/need to browse using a cell phone.)   I actually like the Navigator (lol) that came on it - that's why I bought the phone - and it seems to function well enough for that, at least in the areas I've used it so far.

 


ilikewireless wrote:

That's interesting. It's as if you were getting lowest speed on 3G vs the highest speed on EDGE.

 


I've been told that at&t may be throttling data speeds on non-smartphones at least in some areas of the country, so I suspect that may be the issue.  I know someone else who experienced the same thing (different part of the country - post paid service) and when they switched to a 3G smartphone from a 3G non-smartphone (both non-branded), they said the difference was night and day.  My (non-branded) Nokia E70 is a smartphone, but it's not 3G so I haven't been able to see if it holds true for my service as well. Smiley Happy

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Re: Coverage for Prepaid Phones

I appreciate your input hme83 Man Happy

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Master

Re: Coverage for Prepaid Phones


Razr8 wrote:

I appreciate your input hme83 Man Happy


Happy to share my experiences. Smiley Happy

 

And I just noticed you really asked about any differences I'd noted in prepaid vs. postpaid data speeds (not 2G vs. 3G) in other locations - I don't always have both phones with me; but I switch SIMs (prepaid vs. postpaid) often enough to comfortably say I've not noticed any difference in data speeds between the two service types.  I've seen it said on many occasions and over a decent time span that at&t throttles the prepaid service data speeds; but at least with my limited basis usage, that has not been my experience.  My prepaid service is on par with my post paid service, although the network coverage is really no where close to being the same once you are away from the major interstates.

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There must be a happy medium somewhere between being totally informed and blissfully unaware.

     - Doug Larson

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Re: Coverage for Prepaid Phones

Again very informative and appreciated. Also, the quote at the bottom of your post sounds like something Gary Larson would say! Smiley Very Happy

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