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    Quote Originally Posted by CircuitSwitched View Post
    Yes as DRNewcomb said, they’ve had an iDEN network for a long time. Actually they launched iDEN in 1996, and this is their only viable upgrade option now that iDEN is obsolete.

    Because their network is designed for the power companies, they have coverage in places where even Verizon lost service 15 miles prior.

    A lot of the middle of nowhere places I go only have Southern LINC coverage. Neither Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, not AT&T/FirstNet have coverage within 10-15 miles.

    I spent the majority of my day out on the lake today where Verizon had either no-service or bouncing between searching and 1X, but LINC had 4-5 bars of LTE.
    As others have said, the users they haven’t area heavy users....but with the low mhz channels and slow speeds the coverage would crumble if more heavy users started joining up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fgpalm View Post
    As others have said, the users they haven’t area heavy users....but with the low mhz channels and slow speeds the coverage would crumble if more heavy users started joining up.


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    I think they would stop selling service if that happened to be honest. They only own their one block of B26 so don’t have many options.

    They don’t advertise anywhere at all, and their plans are expensive.

    5GB costs me $85 a month..

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    Does any other carrier roam on their LTE?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mframe View Post
    Does any other carrier roam on their LTE?
    That count be great extra revenue for them


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    Quote Originally Posted by mframe View Post
    Does any other carrier roam on their LTE?
    To my knowledge, nobody roams on SouthernLINC. They do have a roaming agreement with T-Mobile for VoLTE and LTE data, as well as an LTE only roaming agreement to roam on Sprint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircuitSwitched View Post
    To my knowledge, nobody roams on SouthernLINC. They do have a roaming agreement with T-Mobile for VoLTE and LTE data, as well as an LTE only roaming agreement to roam on Sprint.
    It would be great for Sprint & T-Mobile customers if they were able to roam Southern LINC. In much of the Southeast there would be no dead spots.
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    Sad day kinda.. iDEN has officially been shut down today and LTE has been bumped up to a 3MHz carrier. My average speeds are now about 7-8Mbps, but I was able to hit 16Mbps right at an unloaded site.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CircuitSwitched View Post
    Sad day kinda.. iDEN has officially been shut down today and LTE has been bumped up to a 3MHz carrier. My average speeds are now about 7-8Mbps, but I was able to hit 16Mbps right at an unloaded site.

    RIP iDen in the U.S. I am guessing it is still around internationally.


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    Quote Originally Posted by techfranz View Post
    RIP iDen in the U.S. I am guessing it is still around internationally.


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    Isn’t there a iDen network in Mexico still?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRC72 View Post
    Isn’t there a iDen network in Mexico still?
    I thought At&t bought them out. Not sure if iDen is still used there.
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    SouthernLINC iDEN shut down 03-31-19

    If AT&T bought them out, then I would venture to guess that it’s been converted to LTE. Nonetheless it would be interesting to see if AT&T is still running iDEN down there?
    Last edited by DRC72; 03-31-2019 at 11:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRC72 View Post
    It’s AT&T bought them out, then I would venture to guess that it’s been converted to LTE. Nonetheless it would be interesting to see if AT&T is still running iDEN down there?
    Looks like it’s not up anymore. CDMA was turned down in 2016 and iDEN was turned down the second half of 2017.

    https://www.telegeography.com/produc...t-report-says/

    Looks like SouthernLINC had the longest run with iDEN for a ‘larger’ carrier. It ran 23 years from 1996 to 2019.

    I’ve heard ConEdison in NYC runs a private iDEN network for PTT only, but haven’t heard of it is still operational or not.

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    SouthernLINC iDEN shut down 03-31-19

    Quote Originally Posted by CircuitSwitched View Post
    Looks like it’s not up anymore. CDMA was turned down in 2016 and iDEN was turned down the second half of 2017.

    https://www.telegeography.com/produc...t-report-says/

    Looks like SouthernLINC had the longest run with iDEN for a ‘larger’ carrier. It ran 23 years from 1996 to 2019.

    I’ve heard ConEdison in NYC runs a private iDEN network for PTT only, but haven’t heard of it is still operational or not.
    AT&T Mexico at one time had a hodgepodge of technologies. CDMA, iDEN, GSM, and LTE. Did they ever run UMTS/HSPA+ down there? I didn’t see it mentioned in the article. With GSM shutting off they’re pretty much going to be all LTE down there.

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    There MAY still be a remaining IDEN network in the US... See http://www.airpeak.com/coverage.fx

    That site hasn't been updated, but I know at least as of a couple years ago they provided local service to the California high desert. Their licenses are such that they really have no other options.

    As for SouthernLinc, they would have been a prime candidate for being the FirstNet provider in Alabama and Georgia if they'd have lobbied for it... The states had the option to select their own provider - - everyone pretty much just defaulted to AT&T, but the states could opt out. Had they pushed for it, they'd have ended up with 10*10 of Band 14. Although it sounds like with their coverage they already have a lot of the government business as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircuitSwitched View Post
    The PTT is based on the Motorola Wave 7000 platform. It’s been instant and extremely reliable in my experience over the past few months. I haven’t heard any complaints from others I have radioed that switched from iDEN as well. It’s definitely on the level of iDEN for speed and reliability.
    wow really???

    how come sprint didnt do this when they shut Nextels IDEN?
    sprint COULD of had a truly awesome network smh

    im not sure if sprint still does this but u was able to to use CDMA PTT to talk with some one on IDEN, now since theyare now on LTE can u PTT while on LTE to chat with someone who has IDEN?

    i wonder if they will go the same route as sprint and start selling total crap PTT phones that brake super easy..the motorola IDEN phones were tanks, never had one that broke

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