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AT&T Starts TDMA Shutdown

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Jun 19, 2007, 12:40 AM   by (staff)

AT&T has begun to shut off TDMA networks in select cities, notifying TDMA and GAIT users in those markets that they must upgrade their handsets to GSM models. Trial shutdowns have begun with small areas where TDMA and Analog networks are separated. If successful, AT&T plans to shut down larger zones, including whole states, this summer. Areas where analog and TDMA service share a network will not be shut down until after the analog sunset in February 2008, confirming previous statements from the AT&T. The company added that now 99% of all voice minutes are carried on its GSM network, up from 95% in March.

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viper

Jun 19, 2007, 9:31 AM

How Long Did That Take?

Was that 5 years from GSM launch to complete TDMA shutdown?

Its amazing how long these things take. I wonder how long it will take sprint to shut down iden. I bet that'll be around 5 years.
Good point!

Really the only comment I have, is people who don't appreciate technology are depressing.

I'm speaking of people who don't upgrade, and have cell phones that are 5,6, and 7yrs OLD.

That sort of stuff is depressing.

But to lend...
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viper said:
Was that 5 years from GSM launch to complete TDMA shutdown?

Its amazing how long these things take. I wonder how long it will take sprint to shut down iden. I bet that'll be around 5 years.

Given Sprint...
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For a company with 50 million customers....only 95% of minutes on GSM in march?! 99% currently?!

Thats a lot of hold outs.
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StoreLead

Jun 21, 2007, 12:14 PM

here's my problem

and my biggest selling point for a while...


users in those markets that they must upgrade their handsets to GSM models



IMO, they ought to upgrade these customers w/o a new contract. have them pay (new customer pricing) for the phones, but not have to re-up.
Why? Where´s the logic?
sangyup81

Jun 19, 2007, 5:50 PM

More Spectrum for UMTS?

Please? Drooling
Probably...except in markets with GSM850. Most of that base station hardware is SDR (software defined radio) and TDMA/AMPS is allocated on demand.
virga

Jun 19, 2007, 3:05 PM

just to be clear...

GSM is a TDMA-based standard =)
TDMA is to GSM just as CDs are to DVDs.... Rolling Eyes

They´re both based on a ´disk´, but they are two different technologies...
Looks like they finally caved into going CDMA...oh wait...but which one?
supremecellgod

Jun 19, 2007, 4:42 AM

R.I.P.

Its about time they pronounce TDMA dead. It has been in a coma and on life support for quite sometime now. Its nice to see that deep down underneath a lot of crap that AT&T has a heart and is pulling the "plug" on TDMA. Cool
I'm not going to miss Ms. Johnson (97) asking me to set up her voicemail, that's for sure! Laughing
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I concur,...I concur.

And damn it, bring on the future already, lets move forward Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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