Posted Oct 21, 2008 22:06 UTC (Tue) by rfunk
In reply to: T-Mobile
Parent article: Android source available
Sure, their coverage is fine in a lot of places, mostly in cities. I'm 20
miles outside the city, though right on an interstate.
I checked T-Mobile's coverage map, and
their coverage all around where I live (except a nearby town) is at the
minimal "1-bar" level. AT&T's coverage is at
their "best" level all around here, and Verizon (which I have now) claims
the same for an even wider area. Even Sprint, not known for great
coverage outside urban areas, claims much
better coverage out here than T-Mobile does (though there does seem to be
a hole right around my house).
I assume that AT&T doesn't feel the need for a really nice Android
phone when they have the iPhone; meanwhile, Verizon wants to exert way too
much control, the opposite of the Android ethos. (Plus their wide coverage
keeps people coming back all by itself, so they don't feel the need for as
much of a competitive edge with their phones.) I imagine Sprint will have
an Android phone at some point, but I doubt the top two will go for it.
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