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Honesty. Thank you.
The others may not want to do it because they might not look so good.
Others usually had better overall cover...
Taken a turn toward the worst...
While AT&T doesn't show the "verified coverage" gimmick, their public-facing coverage maps basically resemble the same rendering engine that T-Mobile's does. It's a paint-can approach to drawing the maps.
I actually preferred T-Mobile's previous generation of coverage viewer. Now, they've basically given their maps a binary "signal vs no signal" approach, whereas on the old ones you could tell the general locations of their cell site placement and get an exact estimate of the coverage in your location.
I've checked some of these so-called "verified" si...
Since the weakest link in T-Mobile's portfolio is its network coverage, what better way to provide a skewed picture of coverag...