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    why doesn't tmobile get any signal in buildings?

    just outa curiosity. this problem has happened to me all over texas. i get no signal in buildings (more specifically school buildings) while at&t/cingular, verizon, and sprint all do

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    Generalizations are guaranteed to get you in trouble!

    Cell site location relative to your position is the key. If you're inside a building that is situated close enough to a cell site, then you'll get a signal. That goes for *any* carrier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyKritter
    No, it's *all* of it. That entire thread boiled down to the same thing: the building that this guy was in wasn't close enough to a T-Mobile cell site for him to get a good signal.

    If there's an 850MHz site 9 miles away, and a 1900MHz site 1 mile away, which do you think is going to have the stronger signal?

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    Everyone wants a magic phone! The fact is no matter what cell service you have, it will not always work in a building! In the school I'm working at right now, T-mobile and att both work inside, and around here both are 1900. Verizon and Alltel do not work once you get through the doors, and they are both 850 carriers. Funny thing is, they are all located on the same tower across the street, So there are many factors involved in whether your phone will work indoors or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasonDoctorJT
    Everyone wants a magic phone! The fact is no matter what cell service you have, it will not always work in a building! In the school I'm working at right now, T-mobile and att both work inside, and around here both are 1900. Verizon and Alltel do not work once you get through the doors, and they are both 850 carriers. Funny thing is, they are all located on the same tower across the street, So there are many factors involved in whether your phone will work indoors or not.
    Very true. But I've been on HoFo long enough to have seen this "850 penetrates better" theme more times than I care to, and in every case, the majority wants something complex-and-technical broken down into simple slogans, hence mine: "location". It's not as simple as frequency or location, of course, but I've gotten tired of trying to feed paragraphs to people who only want to digest syllables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babooza69
    just outa curiosity. this problem has happened to me all over texas. i get no signal in buildings (more specifically school buildings) while at&t/cingular, verizon, and sprint all do
    It has absolutely everything to do with where you are and where the nearest base station is located. Outside you're likely to get pretty decent reception most of the time. Unless you are fairly near a base station you're not going to get good (or maybe even any) reception inside buildings. Same goes for Sprint and any other PCS operators.
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    I find it funny, that there's a tmobile kiosk at the mall I work at. I want to go there one day and ask if their phones has a signal, because my phone doesn't.
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    In my area (Mpls./ St. Paul) all 4 carriers have heavy coverage, but one of the reasons I left Sprint was indoor reception. Even in the humblest of structures I lost service. And during the 2 week trial period with T-Mo I would carry around both phones to compare signal indoors. And T-mo frequently had at least half its bars when Sprint would lose signal. Obviously everyone is going to have a different expirence based on where they live, work and play. But it's a combination of RF, proximity to cell site, landscape, and nature of the structure you are in that is going to affect your service indoors. Different phones also have better reception than others as well.

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    its ur phone im in a casino full reception i think the dash has great reception

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    Thankfully I never lost service in supermarkets or in 80% of the buildings I've been in, T-Mobile is very reliable or a bit better than at&t in areas too. Malls are sometimes where I have a 50/50 chance of having any service. I'll agree it depends upon the area of a carrier, some places I find at&t useless due to overloading/excessive AMR-HR usage so a call drops/fails or too garbled to understand. Other times at&t has a cleaner call quality vs TMO. Where I live there is zero Sprint coverage indoors/outdoors, it still boggles the mind of how I won a Samsung Upstage and they didn't bother checking...

    Brand/model of a phone can be a major factor in service, my non-branded Sony Ericsson Z530 has been the best flip phone I've had for reception in weak areas(it whipped my former SE Z500a, Moto RAZR, Nokia 6102i and dad's Samsung C417). Currently my Nokia 5300 is quite soild for reception with TMO and for at&t I've never dropped a call with the 8125/HTC Wizard.
    (when I was a Cingular customer, the Nokia 6102i dropped 20% of my calls... a better improvement vs the Z500a which became very unreliable in areas where network overload troubles were bad)

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    Where I work(Clearwater ,FL) it's Sprint that has the horrible indoor reception.You can usually tell if they have Sprint because they always have to go stand by a window to make or recieve calls.Oh,and they always complain how much they hate being with Sprint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by experiment626
    Where I work(Clearwater ,FL) it's Sprint that has the horrible indoor reception.You can usually tell if they have Sprint because they always have to go stand by a window to make or recieve calls.Oh,and they always complain how much they hate being with Sprint.
    Sprint is also 1900 (native network) which may partly explain why. T-Mo must have a closer tower. Sprints in-market roaming partner may also be 1900 in Clearwater.

    Sprint in-market roams on Verizon (850) in NJ so the signal in buildings on Sprint (using Verizon) is almost always better than T-Mo (at least where I go).

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    I hardly ever have problems inside buildings. The only spot that gives me trouble is in one of my classes, which is deep in the basement of a building, back in a corner nowhere near a window, and I don't think anyone gets service there. Fortunately, the school does have WiFi coverage there so I can still browse the internet when I get bored

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    Very few buildings around us have these issues either. Usually when I loose signal is in a hospital and some hotels. As more and more buildings are built with metal rather than wood it becomes increasingly difficult to get a good signal in many locations. There are always other factors but places like Walmart, many malls, have a lot of metal walls, ceilings and other things that will interfere with even the best wireless signal.

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