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AT&T-Run FirstNet More Generally Available to First Responders

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Jun 11, 2018, 12:43 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

AT&T today said fire, medical, police, and other first responders now have more access to its FirstNet network. FirstNet has been available for purchase by agencies, but hasn't been directly sold in stores. Beginning today, any verified first responder can walk into one of AT&T's 5,300 retail shops and initiate service with a new device. The retail availability of FirstNet will be a boon to first responders who volunteer and/or aren't issued communications devices by their agency or local government. A fairly wide number of phones are compatible with FirstNet, including the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S8 Active, Note 8, S9, S9 Plus, and J3; Apple iPhone 6/Plus, 6s/Plus, 7/Plus, 8/Plus, and X; LG V35 ThinQ; Motorola Moto G6 Play; Sonim XP5S and XP8; BlackBerry KEYone; and the Nighthawk LTE Mobile Hotspot Router. The public safety network is available nationwide in its own, reserved spectrum (Band 14). First responders may also sign up for FirstNet service using AT&T's web site.

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Mark_S

Jun 12, 2018, 10:52 AM

Available to First Responders

This is a great help for disaster response.
Sincerely wish this was available on 9/11/2001.
Cell service was still in a more basic stage at that time and all the frequencies and circuits were jammed.
A separate LTE band 14 (FirstNet) through AT&T will be a truly great help!!!!!!!!!
Remember in the first few days after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, regular telephone and regular cellular service was out, but Nextel's push-to-talk (PTT) was still functioning?

I recall Nextel loaned something like 5,000 of their PTT ...
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