http://www.isu.edu (Idaho State University)
Now while I agree with ggore that the lack of 3G in his market is unfortunate, what he FAILS to point out is that no national carrier has 3G in his market:
Verizon: NO SERVICE
Sprint: NO SERVICE
LTE brings a more advanced air interface that makes higher order modulation work better. UMTS is just a wide CDMA channel - when there's traffic, it's noisy.
iPhone 4 on AT&T:
But here I sit, happy as a Verizon customer now, my iPhone displaying "Extended 3G" (from Pioneer Cellular), knowing that LTE will be available here in the next few months via Pioneer/Verizon, and none of this can never go away without Pioneer abandoning their roaming agreement with Verizon and abandoning the LTE in Rural America program, ending up stuck owning an LTE system that would be rendered useless unless they own some other spectrum they could use. At least Verizon is doing something to help customers in areas they chose not to serve directly, putting the spectrum they own here to actual use.
That's far more than you can say for AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile.
And I have a Verizon iPad and it works just fine, it displays "Extended 3G" same as my iPhone and displays "Verizon LTE" ten miles from here when it uses Pioneer's new LTE system, so I still don't get your point.
Oh and you forgot one:
US Cellular: NO SERVICE (Pioneer's always had a fully reciprocal nationwide roaming agreement with USCC)
Is your iPad on a plan or prepaid? I was under the impression prepaid data devices couldn't roam.
Also, as you learned too painfully well with Sprint roaming agreements can change on a moment's notice. That said, with the LTE deal if Pioneer backs out, they're screwed.
I have a data plan on my iPad, 2GB/month, I signed up for it on the device itself just like one does on an AT&T iPad, there's no difference.
Do you really believe Pioneer would be spending millions of dollars building an LTE system with ANY possibility of being stuck with a useless system should Verizon decide to go another direction? Really? I'll bet anything there is an iron-clad contract somewhere that will prevent that from ever happening or there will be severe consequences for whichever company defaults. And not just in the case of Pioneer, we're talking regional carriers all over the country. I'm not so naive to think that nothing's impossible in the business world, but c'mon.
This is a completely different situation than a mere roaming agreement like Pioneer had with Sprint. There was no system infrastructure involved in the roaming agreement with Sprint at all, just a "use mine and I'll use yours" setup that went south when Sprint decided they didn't want to service rural areas any more, only covering interstates and major cities all across the country, and Pioneer saw a hugely better situation for them in signing up for Verizon's LTE in Rural America program. I can't believe you even think dropping that is a possibility.
Here's a quote from the Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City newspaper) regarding Sprint ending their roaming agreement with Pioneer:
"Sprint network coverage will change focus to major metropolitan areas and along interstates, leaving other areas reliant on roaming on other carriers. The move is a cost-cutting measure for Sprint, which has been selling more smartphones and seeing its customers using more data, according to a Sprint spokesman."
Last edited by ggore; 08-13-2012 at 05:31 PM.