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Top message:  Tmobile signal by charlie69   Dec 28, 2012, 8:53 PM

Replying to:  Re: Tmobile signal by yourvoiceofreason   Dec 31, 2012, 12:10 PM

Re: Tmobile signal

by dave73    Jan 12, 2013, 2:02 AM

yourvoiceofreason said:
Charlie69 blames GSM for the lack of building penetration. But correct me if I am wrong, is it not the frequency that is used the biggest factor in building penetration (not GSM vs CDMA)?

Frequency is what really makes a difference. The 800 band usually does better at penetrating buildings than 1900 does or AWS. 1900 takes more towers to cover the same area as 800. The only time 1900 can easily penetrate buildings is if the tower is nearby. Otherwise, the further the PCS or AWS tower is (usually both bands are on the same tower), it doesn't penetrate buildings as well.

I'm a Verizon user, & CDMA vs GSM makes no difference in the digital signal penetrating buildings. Even Verizon's PCS signal doesn't penetrate buildings as well when the tower is farther away. In my area, Verizon's 3G is primarily in the PCS band, while 2G is in the 800 band. So I know what I'm talking about.

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