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    Cricket ending domestic roaming in Wyoming and Montana (March 2018)

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    Are we having fun yet? The worst in the industry keeps outdoing itself.

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    Isn't that a relatively new roaming deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiehaskell View Post
    Isn't that a relatively new roaming deal?
    Yup. Perhaps AT&T is building out because of FirstNet, so they're dropping roaming partners. T-Mobile is already going full speed with 600mhz and 700mhz deployment across Montana so they finally woke up.

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    Where is Montana or Wyoming? :-)

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    I think they're in Canada somewhere
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    Who was Cricket/AT&T roaming on in those areas? Union? Comnet?

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    I make this comment with no disrespect to either Wy or Mt.

    I feel like I live in a mostly rural region, but the metro area surrounding me has a combined population of about 1.3 million, and state population of just under 7 mil. The combined population of Wy and Mt appears to be about 1.5 mil. These states represent some of the most ruggid areas in the country. I'm just picking numbers out of the air, but say it cost a carrier a billion to cover these states(and there are about 240,000 sq/mi between them), and with a population of only about 1.5 mil, the fixed capital outlay would be $500 for every soul living there. I'm surprised there is been service anywhere except in their more metro areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b1geast View Post
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    Who cares? Go away

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    Quote Originally Posted by damus990 View Post
    Who cares? Go away

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    I'll go away....just not to Montana or Wyoming. No coverage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b1geast View Post
    I'll go away....just not to Montana or Wyoming. No coverage.
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    in California 95% of the people live in 6% of the land.

    in the United States only 5% of the land is built out.

    So you only have to cover at most around 5% of the area to provide coverage to most people.

    i guess they look at population density and for most cities it is similar.

    so i think covering most of the people is not that hard because they are mostly together even in small states.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad4cell View Post
    in California 95% of the people live in 6% of the land.

    in the United States only 5% of the land is built out.

    So you only have to cover at most around 5% of the area to provide coverage to most people.

    i guess they look at population density and for most cities it is similar.

    so i think covering most of the people is not that hard because they are mostly together even in small states.
    Yes, true, and I'm not trying to be argumentative, and I mentioned coverage in metro areas, but they've got to provide similar coverage for the other 95% too, but not with nearly the revenue needed to cover costs. Unless there is welfare for cellular providers, there are some losses here and there. Obviously, those in the 5% are making up for that. Would appear also to be good shared roaming agreements.

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    It really seems Cricket just keeps cutting and cutting features that reeled customers in.

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    Kinda sucks for them cuz Cricket has awesome coverage in my neck of the woods. I grabbed a few Metro/Tmobile lines the other day to get free Zmax Blades and still can't believe how bad T-mobile's coverage is. One nice thing about Metro PCS is they're a great source for nice inexpensive phones that tether on Cricket out of the box. I've now gotten 3 Samsung J7's, 2 Zmax Pros and now a couple Zmax Blades for $30.00 each!!!!!! I really like the big 6 inch ZTE's for mini tablet use.

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    Cricket ending domestic roaming in Wyoming and Montana (March 2018)

    Quote Originally Posted by tunabreath View Post
    It really seems Cricket just keeps cutting and cutting features that reeled customers in.
    Lately it feels that way, but looking at the last two years, many things are still on the side of positives (VoLTE/Wi-Fi calling if your device takes advantage of that, not on separate proxy servers, some roaming still in place, way more data even on entry level plans). My attitude with Cricket has been that the core service is pretty good and the extras have sort of come and gone in waves.

    AT&T has cut back on some of the perks, but grandfathered 5/$100 or Unlimited 2 4/$100 are still way more than I was paying for less even a year ago on AT&T postpaid and the experience still is pretty darn close.

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