09-25-2018 5:28 PM
3 days ago I switched to FirstNet. We have 1-2 bars at best. Half of the time ‘No Service’ and 4G. Notifications are very late. As a first responder I Depend on reliable service. The first net service is horrible and not reliable. As soon as I can I am going back to the AT&T store in demand My old service. I do not recommend FirstNet to anybody who depends on good reliable cellular service.
01-20-2019 5:26 PM
01-20-2019 5:30 PM
My dept just began issuing cell phones on the FirstNet network. The deal they had with FirstNet and ATT were for the iPhone 7S+. We were able to get priority access to the network, but not very good signal strength. Here's how it was explained to us. Don't know how true it is, but I'll put it out there for y'all. The Priority First Responder network runs in the 900 MHz range. Down from there, the cell networks run in the 800 MHz and another lower frequency range. When there isn't an emergency situation requiring the 900 MHz bands, FirstNet is authorized to sell the open bandwidth in the 900 MHz bands. When an emergency comes up and FirstNet priority users start using the network, they will bump non-priority users from the 900 MHz bands, once that is filled, they will start bumping non-priority users from the 800 MHz bands, and continue on down. We ran several tests during a major event in the city and were successful at bumping non-priority users from the bands, but noticed that the signal strength was extremely poor. What it turned out to be is the iPhone 7S that we were issued wasn't compatible with the higher MHz bandwidths, so we were fighting for the lower bands. After researching the iPhone models, the only iPhones that are/were compatible are the XR and newer. Even my iPhone 8+ didn't work. So we are now returning all the issued 7S+'s for XR's. A coworker of mine switched from an iPhone X to the XR and was on FirstNet with both devices. His signal strength doubled when he switched to the XR.
Like I said, I don't know how much truth there is to this information, as it was just what we were told about what's going on with the roll-out of FirstNet cell phones for the department.
01-20-2019 6:27 PM
I have an iPhone 6+ and after seitching to FirstNet my reception is very poor as well. I understand what you’re saying about older phones not being able to access the Band14 coverage but shouldnt our phones still have access to the same coverage my old “civilian” plan had? It doesnt make sense that my coverage should get WORSE going to FirstNet. I’m about to cancel and go back to “unlimited & more premium”.
01-22-2019 3:43 PM
as of 01/22/2019, I'm am truly a satisfied customer now that I'm no longer with First net and have returned to Team Mobile.Thank God.
01-25-2019 3:28 PM
I am a first responder and been with ATT/Cingular for over 20 years. ATT came to our agency marketing the FirstNet plan for 39.99 for unlimited talk/text. My current ATT bill was 120.00 for unlimited and I had an Iphone X. I bought the marketing hype and switched Dec 2018. They swapped out my ATT SIM for a FirstNet SIM.
The service dropped approx every 15 minutes for 40-60 seconds per drop. It was annoying. At the time the iphone Xs Max came out and I wanted it, So i bought it outright at an ATT store. I took my FirstNet SIM out of my X and stuck it in my Max. NO service whatsoever. Was on the phone with FirstNet for days and hours. One time i hucked my new 1500 dollar phone across the room. Finally went down to the ATT store which is an inconvenient drive and they gave me a new FirstNet SIM and it gave me service. The service never drops with this new SIM and phone.
Jan 26, 2019, I am currently in Thailand on vacation. Zero cell service while roaming. called FirstNet and they told me i need a international pass. i bought the $120/ 3gb plan. after 3 days and countless calls to Firstnet with my friends phone (ATT/iphone x/international day pass) i still have zero cell service. i have reset the phone, turned it on off, data roaming on/off, etc.
i have never spent so much time on the phone with a cell provider.
01-31-2019 3:59 AM
I am customer since Nov 2108, thru my police dept. I must agree, it the worst service in all ways, looking to move on. I would not recommend them.
01-31-2019 4:06 AM
I would wholly agree, I switched to this service thru my Police Dept., it is the worst. I am not thrilled with ATT support or cellular service. Looking to change. I would not recommend it.
- edited 02-05-2019 4:03 PM by Li_Jenn
This is funny I thought I was the only one that thought firstnet was a joke!!! Service is terrible!!! I’m pretty sure with Verizon I would have had service on the moon, with att firstnet I can’t even get service on certain sides of a major metropolitan city!!! As far as that “separate spectrum” firstnet is on is also a joke, at a concert I couldn’t get out on my phone for ***!!!! Text message wouldn’t send until I left. I’ve been trying to resolve a billing issue with firstnet for some time now, they told me go to an att store, which also could not solve the issue and in so many words called firstnet inept. I believe it!!!
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02-05-2019 4:10 PM
I have been an AT&T customer for 10 years and switched to First Net and I can say that I really never had a problem with the service from AT&T. It was never as good as my friends Verizon service but I wasn’t dropping calls. Since switching to First Net unlimited I drop calls, have no service where I use to Always have service. It’s terrible and now I’m stuck with terrible service.
02-06-2019 6:51 AM
Make sure the international block has been removed. It's my understanding that federal guidelines force international blocks on FristNet lines and it has to be removed when the international plan is added.
02-08-2019 11:24 AM
I have the same problem with my iPhone X, which apparently is an FirsNet "Capable" phone!! My question is/was: How much better is the service & signal with a FirstNet "Ready" Phone (ie. iPhone Xr & Xs)!??!?!?!? Let us know.......I would like to wait for the next iPhone in Sept/Oct but this service/signal is HORRIBLE!
02-25-2019 5:49 AM
My wife an I just switched to FirstNet & AT&T from Verizon. I have the IPhone XR w/ FirstNet and she has the IPhone 8 w/ regular AT&T. Her service is almost always better everywhere we go. I don't understand this seeing how we are supposed to on the SAME towers. How could mine be less on a "priority service"?? Only 3 days in and I'm not impressed.
03-01-2019 5:56 AM
Bought into the hype and switched to FirstNet with ATT....had I realized that to continue tethering my laptop to my phone, it will cost another $5 a month....just to activate a feature on my phone!! What The F. you bloody thieves! I will be leaving FirstNET at the first opportunity. I would not recommend FirstNet due to this single issue....Service is not better or worse. There is nothing I can do on my laptop that I can not do on my phone...so ATT is just monetizing a phone option just to squeeze money out of people for sheer greed. ATT you shysters.
03-19-2019 8:04 PM
My state agency went to FirstNet and issued us all Samsung S9 phones . We have unlimited talk,text, data and hotspot .I can honestly say that after a few hiccups, our phones have worked really well .I live in a rural area and my personal cell provider is Sprint and service has always been horrible. I actually get 5G coverage with my AT&T FirstNet phone .There hasn't been a place yet that I don't get at least 4G coverage . Text messages come through quick, data is fast, calls are clear . Maybe I'm the exception . I'm thinking about switching to FirstNet myself due to the deal they will make me on a phone and a plan.
03-19-2019 10:49 PM
So this is slightly off topic, but are their any Verizon users on here that are utilizing Mobile Broadband Priority or Wireless Priority Service? I am on Verizon and just had the Mobile Broadband Priority feature added to my account after being verified that I was eligible. I haven't been in a high network congested area yet to see how well it works. What's upsetting is you have to choose which priority service you want. They won't add both voice priority and data priority. You have to pick one or the other. Verizon can't seem to explain why they aren't offering both features to first responders.
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