network coverage of GSM 1900

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network coverage of GSM 1900

Okay so i am really stoked about buying a Motorola E1000 Cell phone. however the only ones that i can find are on eBay and are from the UK. And therefore they only use the networks: GSM 900 1800 1900 & UMTS 2100. I am wondering if AT&T supports these networks and will they be sufficient enough to use the network.. I currently go to school in Spokane, and my home is back in Southern MN.

WIll only using a GMS 1900 (i think this is the only network on the phone that AT&T uses) severly effect my calling ability?

I have half a mind to just buy the phone test it out but it would be expensive.. is there a better way to test this?

thanks!
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Master

Re: network coverage of GSM 1900

 You want a phone that utilizes both the 850 & 1900 frequencies.  a 1900 only may not necessarily 'severely' effect your calling ability, but you will not be able to take full advantage of the system.
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Teacher

Re: network coverage of GSM 1900

agreed.... get a phone that supports 850 as well.
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Re: network coverage of GSM 1900

I am in the same conundrum.....I love a phone to death, but it is a triband 900/1800/1900.

I am in the Dallas FW Area. Will it affect my ability?

Is there a map that shows where 850Mhz is in use? If it is used only in mid-american regions, I could go ahead with my purchase.


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Re: network coverage of GSM 1900



chikoo wrote:
I am in the same conundrum.....I love a phone to death, but it is a triband 900/1800/1900.

I am in the Dallas FW Area. Will it affect my ability?

Is there a map that shows where 850Mhz is in use? If it is used only in mid-american regions, I could go ahead with my purchase.

If the airport is any indication you will be affected quite heavily I didn't even see an AT&T network there with a phone lacking 850MHz a couple of years ago, looked to be 850-only area.
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Re: network coverage of GSM 1900

By choosing a phone that does not support the 850 MHz band, you are making a choice that may severely impact your coverage. I'm not aware of any map that shows separate 850 & 1900 MHz coverage areas. In general, AT&T doesn't need to build as many towers to support the 850 MHz band as they would need with the 1900 MHz band. Also, in areas where there is 3G coverage, the 1900 MHz band is being used more for 3G services, while GSM/GPRS/EDGE are being used on the 850 MHz band. It all depends on how much bandwidth is available within your market. In the off chance that you would have reasonable coverage now, there is no guarantee that this will not change in the future.

Unless you plan on using your phone in a 1900 MHz only market, I wouldn't recommend it. And even then, you wouldn't be able to take advantage of 850 MHz roaming in those areas or take advantage if AT&T were to eventually acquire 850 MHz bandwidth in that market.

Wireless Advisor can be used to find out what bands AT&T is licensed to use in your area.
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