Well I'm currently with AT&T and just getting tired of delays on calls and the 3G slowness plus the switching from 3G to Edge. So whats everyones experiences with the 3G here around Portland? The gf has a t-mobile dash which is just edge and she has good luck with it but I don't know anyone with a 3G device on t-mobile.
3G coverage is bound to be weaker than 2G/EDGE because 3G is still really being deployed.
3G coverage is getting better here but they still need to upgrade certain towers to 3G, this is the case in many other markets.. so it's really something you have to look into for yourself. If I lived in North Las Vegas and not South Las Vegas my experience with 3G would be totally different, 3G extremely solid in NLV, I've only seen EDGE once or twice there. Fully use your 14 day remorse period and port in from AT&T if everything checks out for you.
Have been on T-Mobile's 3G network in PDX since September 2008. Speed is usually good, but not exceptional, around 700 kbit/s down on average on all of my 3G handsets. Both 2G and 3G signals are weak inside my house in North Hazel Dell, and I lose 3G signal (and barely get 2G) in restrooms, elevators and stairwells in my downtown high-rise office building a few blocks from Keller. There is (currently) no 3G coverage in Wilsonville south of Costco, where Fry's is, but EDGE delivers surprisingly good speed there.
Ah okay yeah i'm around costco in Vancouver so I know the 2G signal is pretty strong but didn't know about the 3G. Hows the Call quality been for ya? And how many bars do you lose from outside to inside?
Have you noticed improvements on the 3G areas since you first got 3G in September of 2008?
To be honest I don't spend much time talking on the phone (I use less than 100 of the 700 shared monthly minutes on my family plan, and about another 100 anytime minutes), so any statistics from me are not going to be very meaningful. Now I do remember when I started using 3G, I got quite a few dropped calls at home, even when the signal seemed strong enough, but I don't recall that happening in the last 6 months. The most recent dropped call was 3 days ago when I stepped into the elevator at work while on a call. For some reason T-Mobile's signal just doesn't penetrate buildings very well.
Thats good to hear your not getting as many dropped calls on 3g in the past couple of months. Yeah elevators are the worst for holding a call in with all the metal and cement around them. Yeah even at&t doesn't hold 3G very well. If your on the phone mine constantly drops to edge or gprs. Then you have to literally hangup and wait for 3g to come back.