True, it's not as bad as I thought. I think a lot of it is the phone. For example... with my Atrix, I can usually tell when I am stuck in GSM AMR Half-Rate at 7.4kbps as opposed to 12.2K. (I am stuck on EDGE all the time. The 3G rollout here is piecemeal at best... with serious signal issues in the exact same fashion as when it was GSM only. Lol...) But if I throw in my SIM into an old LG-CU400 and ensure AMR is turned on, the difference is much more subtle.
The other consideration is whether or not AT&T is utilizing some form of transcoder free operation on 3G. I have no idea whether or not mobile to mobile calls have to go:
AMR 12.2K <or> 5.9K ---> G.711 ->>> AMR 12K <or> 5.9K (To the other mobile device).
Or, if it's something like:
AMR 12.2K <or> 5.9K ------> AMR voice shifted over the network, errors filled in ----> Other mobile device.
My understanding that GSM-EFR was designed to withstand EFR->G.711->EFR and still sound okay. I would imagine much lower bitrate codecs can run into problems. That being said, 5.9 to a landline is pretty good. 12.2 even better.
I usually support government regulation, but It is unfortunate that the government over-regulated and killed the AT&T/ T-Mobile Merger
The best explanation of the pricing nutiness in the industry.
Why Sprint and T-Mo will always suck.
The only way to end the pricing insanity is to eliminate contracts and subsidies.
I want Wifi calling on AT&T.
If you text while driving, you're an idiot. End of story.