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Am I the only one that likes to look at Verizon's coverage comparison tool. I think it gives a good idea of a carrier's generalized coverage as far as those cities that have been announced. However, it takes a while for it to get updated. I look at Verizon's map and think, no one will ever build an LTE network of that size. When I look at T-Mobile, I see a spotty, spread out network. AT&T is also spotty with a few highways covered here and there. Sprint seems to be more put together as in even if it is spotty, they are in blobs rather than random remote areas.

 

I've also found a few places that Sprint has coverage in but not Verizon such as in southern Texas.

 

http://www.verizonwireless.com/wcms/consumer/4g-lte.html

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Am I the only one that likes to look at Verizon's coverage comparison tool. I think it gives a good idea of a carrier's generalized coverage as far as those cities that have been announced. However, it takes a while for it to get updated. I look at Verizon's map and think, no one will ever build an LTE network of that size. When I look at T-Mobile, I see a spotty, spread out network. AT&T is also spotty with a few highways covered here and there. Sprint seems to be more put together as in even if it is spotty, they are in blobs rather than random remote areas.

 

I've also found a few places that Sprint has coverage in but not Verizon such as in southern Texas.

 

http://www.verizonwireless.com/wcms/consumer/4g-lte.html

It's not super surprising that Verizon doesn't serve parts of Texas because that would have been an SBC area.

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Unfortunately, it's overly generous for their own coverage (as all carriers' maps are) and is lacking quite a bit on the other carriers' maps.  You can see they literally have a dot for every verizon tower when you look in areas like Montana and Wyoming, but then entire states like Kentucky, South Carolina, New York, and Nevada are left blank with sprint despite having the same or better coverage than AT&T in some of the cities in those states.  There are also areas they filled in in their own map that I know from living in the area that they don't have LTE coverage.  And I really don't believe they have that much LTE in the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Kansas...there really have to be some LTE dead spots somewhere in the Dakotas. 

 

So like all carriers' maps, it needs to be taken with a very large grain of salt. 

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Unfortunately, it's overly generous for their own coverage (as all carriers' maps are) and is lacking quite a bit on the other carriers' maps.  You can see they literally have a dot for every verizon tower when you look in areas like Montana and Wyoming, but then entire states like Kentucky, South Carolina, New York, and Nevada are left blank with sprint despite having the same or better coverage than AT&T in some of the cities in those states.  There are also areas they filled in in their own map that I know from living in the area that they don't have LTE coverage.  And I really don't believe they have that much LTE in the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Kansas...there really have to be some LTE dead spots somewhere in the Dakotas. 

 

So like all carriers' maps, it needs to be taken with a very large grain of salt. 

I have to agree 100%, I was working with a large County IT department in Michigan on a project and we got talking about their migration from Sprint to Verizon.  Sprint wouldn't even talk to them about coverage gaps, so they are moving to VZW.  They had been taking VZW engineers all over the county to dead/weak spots for 1X, EVDO/eHRPD, & LTE.

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If I had the time and money I would independently audit the Verizon coverage in the Dakotas and Nebraska and Kansas.  I mean, the population density is so low in those states, how could they possibly afford to cover them edge to edge with LTE?  Methinks their map is showing licensed areas in those states rather than actual coverage.

 

Hopefully if/when Sprint activates their 800 LTE, there will be a lot more green on their map.

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As a Verizon customer, I can tell you their maps are overstated. I almost never get any signal in their Extended LTE coverage areas depicted. Even with a super strong performing MiFi. However, I will say this, driving from Denver to Rapid City via I-76 and the Nebraska Panhandle, I never lost a Verizon native signal. I had LTE all but 20 miles of the way, and it fell back to EVDO in those 20 miles.

 

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In central/southwest Arizona, Verizon has Sprint beat dead to right. But,,,, it's at a cost.

Now Sprint is slowly improving, so let's see in 6 months????? Most likely not.

I went with cost in up-grading with the hope Sprint will continue to improve.

 

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I live in an area that has great Verizon coverage according to their maps, also great AT&T coverage.

But of course the maps are both wrong with these carriers. T-Mobile's is a little ambitious, but more realistic.

 

Sprint's is more realistic, especially since they updated their maps a few months ago removing many square miles of coverage here in WA.

 

People do pay a premium for Verizon cell service, for a better coverage area.

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I live in an area that has great Verizon coverage according to their maps, also great AT&T coverage.

But of course the maps are both wrong with these carriers. T-Mobile's is a little ambitious, but more realistic.

 

Sprint's is more realistic, especially since they updated their maps a few months ago removing many square miles of coverage here in WA.

 

People do pay a premium for Verizon cell service, for a better coverage area.

I can say all of them over estimate their coverage. I notice once sprint updated the maps with LTE in my area, the coverage grew, but They can not accurately tell where a dead spot is without going to most locations. But they widened the coverage a few miles out, which I wonder if they are saying that will be what LTE will look like after everything is done, including 800LTE?

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If I had the time and money I would independently audit the Verizon coverage in the Dakotas and Nebraska and Kansas.  I mean, the population density is so low in those states, how could they possibly afford to cover them edge to edge with LTE?  Methinks their map is showing licensed areas in those states rather than actual coverage.

 

Hopefully if/when Sprint activates their 800 LTE, there will be a lot more green on their map.

Because these areas are FLAT FLAT FLAT with low population density (Maybe not the blackhills, but much of ND, SD and NE is) . A well situated cell site with CDMA 800 and LTE on 700 can cover a huge area.

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Because these areas are FLAT FLAT FLAT with low population density (Maybe not the blackhills, but much of ND, SD and NE is) . A well situated cell site with CDMA 800 and LTE on 700 can cover a huge area.

 

Not exactly.  The LTE airlink is so relatively fragile that even LTE 750 will not usably cover as much footprint as you might think.

 

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AT&T will have claim to over 300 million POPS of LTE by next year.  Soon there should be a great blue map to match that great red map. 

 

Truth be told though:  That red map is a bit too red for so many extremely remote areas and unless people are there to validate the accuracy of these maps there is just no way to tell for sure.  I'm pretty sure some of these areas have little to no backhaul to support anything too fast.

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Not exactly.  The LTE airlink is so relatively fragile that even LTE 750 will not usably cover as much footprint as you might think.

 

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I think the map IS an exaggeration of their LTE coverage. I think they are assuming usable LTE 700 where they have usable CDMA 800 on the same site. I'm just saying you'd be surprised how much terrirory you can cover with both CDMA 800 and LTE on 700 with just a handful of towers. When you have a flat area with few people and low band spectrum, you can cover quite a bit of territory.

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As someone who worked at Best Buy in the past, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that Verizon's map is over exaggerated. Customers would constantly point to the fact that it was red where they lived & complain they dropped calls & data was slow... I would then show them that there was a white spot a few hundred meters from where they were talking & that it was the edge of signal before it dropped off. Verizon should do a better job having a gradiated map that shows signal strength & not just a red 'yes there SHOULD be some LTE there'.

Not that all 3 other companies don't exaggerate, but most of the time they show iffy areas as 1 bar & say outdoor coverage or the always popular 'signal strength varies'.

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