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    Official maps no longer show LTE roaming, partners missing

    AT&T recently updated their coverage maps to show a large decrease in data coverage. For example, Viaero LTE/3G roaming no longer is shown in NE/WY/CO. Roaming in the OK Panhandle and SE OK is gone, as is everything in the Grand Canyon and Navajo Nation areas of AZ and some small Alaska towns. However, Union and Nemont roaming as well as the quasi-AT&T Commnet area in Nebraska still show up.

    If the voice layer is enabled, all the missing roaming partner coverage areas show up again.

    Map glitch?

    Or sign of impending cutbacks in data roaming?
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    Most likely just a map glitch. I’m sure they wouldn’t get rid of roaming for customers. That would be absurd.

    Edit: I will contact AT&T engineers to see if they know anything about this. Will update around 5 PM CT.

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    Ugh if that's the case then I might as well switch to prepaid!

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    I assume it is only a map mistake, but nonetheless a strange one to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joelwnelson View Post
    I assume it is only a map mistake, but nonetheless a strange one to make.
    Perhaps they plan on building out coverage in those areas with firstnet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroSignal View Post
    Perhaps they plan on building out coverage in those areas with firstnet?

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    Perhaps that may be the case, but AT&T needs to realize that no phones currently support B14, and that some people rely on roaming agreements in these areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BentleyBeard View Post
    Perhaps that may be the case, but AT&T needs to realize that no phones currently support B14, and that some people rely on roaming agreements in these areas.
    Don't they have at minimum some B2 or B4 in all of those areas that would come along with B14?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GSMinCT View Post
    Don't they have at minimum some B2 or B4 in all of those areas that would come along with B14?
    Not to mention B30

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    I just switched to ATT Prepaid from Verizon. Which worked well in Nebraska last summer. If this is a real cutback on data, I have an inexpensive backup plan on a Verizon MVNO.
    I gave into temptation, and bought the iPhone X, even though I had a perfectly good, though oversized, 7+.

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    Official maps no longer show LTE roaming, partners missing

    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroSignal View Post
    Not to mention B30

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    Oh, I forgot. You are right about PCS and/or AWS.

    However, I don’t remember them saying anything about WCS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BentleyBeard View Post
    Oh, I forgot. You are right about PCS and/or AWS.

    However, I don’t remember them saying anything about WCS.
    They did say 2/4/14/30 from what I understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroSignal View Post
    Not to mention B30
    Good point, although it's not a core band, so some phones don't have it. But why would they cut off roaming *before* they have the network deployed? Hopefully this is just a mistake, as those areas still show voice roaming.

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    I'm not familiar with every area mentioned in the OP but looking at the Grand Canyon for example I don't really see any difference in the postpaid coverage maps now vs. before, the area around the South Rim is still listed as 'third party' for both voice and data. What has changed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nocaps View Post
    I'm not familiar with every area mentioned in the OP but looking at the Grand Canyon for example I don't really see any difference in the postpaid coverage maps now vs. before, the area around the South Rim is still listed as 'third party' for both voice and data. What has changed?
    I see that for voice, but not for data.
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    Can't speak to the speculation, but I can attest that 4G and even LTE roaming throughout northern Arizona, southern Utah, and central Nevada was working spectacularly on my 2,500-mile road trip last week. (Also, no hint of the 400MB cap on domestic roaming, not even a text acknowledging any data use at all--I'm on MSV 30GB--and I'm sure I used at least a few GB.)

    Loss of data roaming to rural Alaska has the potential to significantly compromise my travel plans next summer. Let's hope this is just a glitch.

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