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TDMA surprise shutdown

Heloman

May 29, 2007, 9:37 PM
I have been reading about the upcoming TDMA shutdown but AT&T never warned me that it would happen NOW! My messages kept saying 2008. I just made a trip to Northern Maine and was surprised to find out my phone stopped working outside my local area. I depend on that phone which is installed in a vehicle and was very inconvenienced by the lack of service and lack of warning. Upon return home a stop at AT&T informed me that they had canceled roaming agreements with other carriers for TDMA. They told me I had to go GSM but they didn't know any phones with install kits. I asked if the lack of service would reduce my bill since I now had to pay "Americanroaming.com" for cell service and they said absolutely not! I understand upgrading but I don'...
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crackberry

May 29, 2007, 9:46 PM
YOUR service until 2008. It has to be assumed that your local market is your service area. And roaming partners are always up for change and never garanteed, they can change every few months. TDMA is also being deactivated by our roaming partners, so who knows if it was us or them that ended it. Also, there are phones with bluetooth car kits. there are websites you can get repeaters/amplifiers for cars as well...

and to be blunt (sorry) they have been communicating the importance of updating to ALL tdma customers for over a year now. They are required by the FCC to keep analog up until 2008, but where tdma and analog do NOT share a network or roaming partners, they can shut it down at will...
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Heloman

May 29, 2007, 10:01 PM
Thanks and I don't mind the bluntness, I know I am on borrowed time with this unit. I am hanging on because it is installed in my helicopter and wired through the headsets-something I can't get with bluetooth. Another reason I like it is for voice quality, I have a Blackberry 8700 and the sound quality does not compare to the tdma so I only use it for email. I should think AT&T could have sent me a text if they were going to discontinue service everywhere north of 5 miles from my zip code. I still get a good signal from the towers telling me to purchase time on a credit card so I know it was AT&T who shut me down.
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crackberry

May 29, 2007, 10:09 PM
ok. well. a helicopter. that's a new one. i see the importance of it then... i guess the satisfaction of your story is you really are 'one in a million'...............


i thought i had heard it all. at least yours is a legit concern.
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Heloman

May 29, 2007, 10:10 PM
Thanks but do you have any ideas for me other than a sat. phone?
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crackberry

May 29, 2007, 10:15 PM
nope. but PM me. i will get you the email address of the person that might!
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incognitoool

May 29, 2007, 11:46 PM
Why not just switch over to GSM? Plain TDMA is pretty much a dead technology now.

If you don't want contract on new service, then buy your own GSM phone. As long as it's 850/1900mhz, that's fine.
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paddyoc

May 30, 2007, 6:03 PM
Read the rest of his posts.... He also has a blackberry....
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ATTMark

May 30, 2007, 5:33 PM
i use my v3xx, krzr and my 8100 in my airplane . i have a plantronics cell/ipod to intercom connect and it works great.
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bojmir

May 30, 2007, 8:58 AM
I thought when I switched from TDMA to GSM that the voice quality improved. Of course it will vary from phone to phone, but my overall use has been an upgrade definately.
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chainsaw

May 30, 2007, 6:06 PM
When you say voice quality do you mean garbled calls or do you mean no service areas? If it is call clarity that is an issue I highly recommend the new blackberry 8800 it is far superior to any pda I have sold when it comes to voice quality plus it is dead sexy!
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Fredd

May 30, 2007, 4:02 PM
It appears that your resistance to upgrading from TDMA to GSM is principally due to what would be called a 'car kit' if it was in a land vehicle vs. the rotorcraft. Try contacting Car-kit.com at 1-888-4carkit (or 1-888-422-754😎 for assistance with the installed kit.

On a side note, TDMA shutdowns will become more prevalent throughout the year. Another batch of areas are being shut down this week as the TDMA home base is depopulated. Also, Rogers Wireless in Canada announced some time ago that they are shutting down TDMA May 31.
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Heloman

May 31, 2007, 5:21 AM
That sounds like a great lead Fredd, thank you. I appreciate ATTMark's suggestion but prefer to keep the system hard wired so other headsets in the helicopter can hear the phone. My complaint with the BB 8700 is choppy, broken conversation and I think I will try the 8800 but that is material for another post. Thank you all.
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frankiewawa

May 31, 2007, 9:19 AM
Thats what happens when you ignore multiple notices from cingular telling you to upgrade to GSM. Welcome to 2007.
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hardcorehavok

Jun 1, 2007, 8:52 PM
The TDMA shutdown notices say that the services will be completely stopped BY 2008. AT&T can cancel them at anytime.
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