CDMA or GSM, HELP!
I am a current Verizon user in the S.F.-Bay area, and have excellent service with them for 4 years now. But I have been intrigued for a long time with GSM service and the phones connected with it. I need peoples input and opinions here. Is GSM better than CDMA and why? I heard the voice quality is better, but is it by much? A year or two ago, I heard GSM was terrible here(as far as signal strength, dropped calls, etc)...has it improved? From what I've seen on the maps and from what co-workers and friends say, it is yes. Now if I decide to go GSM's way, I've decided to go with either AT&T or Cingular, because they have the upcoming 850 frequency besides the already existing 1900. T-Mobile only has 1900 from what I've seen.
I am actually headed the opposite direction with you on this. I live in the Peninsula and have had GSM service for the last yr with AT&T (I chose GSM because the phones you can get have been more feature robust than what is available with TDMA/CDMA).
I am so ready to get rid of the service because of daily dropped and missed calls and overall poor satisfaction. There are several dead spots in my area, and reception is only good in certain areas. Everytime I want to make a call or am expecting one, I have to keep an eye on my phone to make sure I have a signal.
If your primary objective with a phone is getting clear reception, you're better off with Verizon.
Eventually, I will consider going back to GSM, but not for at le...
I switched to T-Mobile just to test out GSM coverage, as I had heard about its spottiness, but remained hopeful as i dont use a hardline phone, and be damned to ever get one. I was pleasantly surprised as I get perfect reception everywhere I go. Granted, it doesn't work when i'm skiing at Crystal Mountain, but from my work to home and all points in between, i have never dropped a call.
this is also considering both phones were eq...
To put it simply, "rigging" a TDMA system to be GSM (which is what AWS did, and you can see the results of this) is the equivalent of using a wire hanger to hold your exhaust pipe in place.
GSM, while a fine system, is inherently limited. The fact that it has to be transposed into a CDMA hybrid just to reach semi-3G status should tell you you're better off sticking with C...