Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Better Coverage Maps?

Coverage maps are still a big deal. We keep asking the carriers, "when will they be more accurate?" T-Mobile was one of the first to provide the most detail with AT&T eventually coming a distant 2nd. Alltel still remains the worst of the large carriers, but our biggest disappointment is Verizon Wireless. Depending on market, they are either the coverage leader or a close #2. But their coverage maps have these huge holes. For some reason, there are areas of the country where Verizon does not show coverage for their roaming partners. We keep asking them, "why?" Their answer is, "we can't be help responsible for coverage for our roaming partners." Sadly, this means, "the coverage leader" doesn't show all their coverage which may explain the popularity of our Coverage Maps pages.

So popular, we can't keep up with all the maps we have, some 5 years old, so we're turning over the maps to someone else. Scott will be taking over cellular map duty on his new web site, He copied all of the Mountain Wireless maps and started to add some new ones of his own, so it's all good. If you have bookmarks for our old pages, they will forward to the new site, so the transition should be seamless. Scott is planning for the new AWS (1700 MHz) and 700 MHz bands, which could be waaaay over our heads. We will focus on our reviews and cellular data. Hopefully, with we can peek in the holes that Verizon and other carriers still leave unfilled on their coverage maps.

Of course, there is that segment of the population who checks coverage by turning on the phone: Signal? Good! No Signal? Turn the phone off! How crass can they be?

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