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AT&T GSM 850 Blamed For Police Radio Outages In Oakland

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Aug 22, 2012, 5:45 PM
This is when having a nation wide roaming deal would come in handy. I understand that only the GSM 850 band is shut off but it's California when every cell tower counts. But if they had roaming with T-Mobile and other GSM operators in that area they could use that to help that area from getting degraded to bad.

This of course is pure speculation going off the article.

Aug 22, 2012, 5:49 PM
It's just the GSM 850 band. I honestly don't see this effecting much of anyone. For someone to lose service completely, they'd need to be using a phone that only supports GSM in the 850 MHz band and not 1900 MHz. That pretty much pegs it as a foreign, non-AT&T phone since any AT&T phone I've ever seen has supported both. And it would also need to be 2G only, since if it supports the 3G bands, it would be able to get coverage that way.

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