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AT&T repurposes 2G spectrum to 3G, 4G in NYC

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AT&T repurposes 2G spectrum to 3G, 4G in NYC
Hey New York City AT&T customers, you may start seeing networking improvements in the near future. AT&T said today that is beginning to reallocate its 2G spectrum over to 3G and 4G uses.

AT&T says the move will improve voice quality, produce fewer dropped calls, and enabled faster data speeds. AT&T regional general manager Tom DeVito said, “Dedicating more capacity to our advanced wireless networks will help more of our customers in New York City have a better experience overall.”

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The carrier began contacting 2G users in the area back in March to encourage them to upgrade to a 3G or 4G device. Users with these devices may soon experience trouble with their wireless service in the NYC area. That means you, OG iPhone owners; time to upgrade.

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 23 May 2012, 12:54 3

1. dcgore (Posts: 201; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


Yay! To at&t's credit, i haven't had a dropped called in a very long time here in NYC. Keep it up!!

posted on 23 May 2012, 13:04 3

2. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


At this stage in the game, there's virtually no reason not to upgrade, unless you're somehow terrified of contracts. This is a good move by Ma Bell.

posted on 23 May 2012, 13:31 3

4. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Honestly, I've wondered why this hasn't happened before. 2G is great to fall back on, but if you allocate the spectrum for 3G, you'd have more room for everyone. T-Mobile should do this in a very big way.

posted on 23 May 2012, 13:14 1

3. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Brilliant! I'm hoping Verizon is next to follow replacing 1X with EVDO and LTE.

posted on 23 May 2012, 13:36 2

5. axllebeer (Posts: 265; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


Agreed. With Sprint it's way more common to be dumped onto 1X service when traveling than Verizon, but improvements are always a good thing. Perhaps with the demise of the iDEN network they will get their CDMA act together and even roll out LTE at a decent pace.

posted on 23 May 2012, 14:14 1

6. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I have noticed less complaints on voice quality with AT&T as of late...where I live BIG BLUE and BIG RED work the best....

posted on 23 May 2012, 15:34 1

7. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 963; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


although at&t shouldve tried this in a smaller market first, it is a good idea and it should greatly increase the overall quality in NYC!! Congrats New Yorkers because you deserve it!!!!!!

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 16:19 1

9. Forsaken77 (Posts: 546; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


That makes no sense at all. The reason they're doing it in NYC is because it's well known that the network has been over burdened for quite some time. Coverage was always great. It's just too many people on the network. Why would they do it in a small town that doesn't need re-allocation of network resources? Imo... Every carrier should completely dump 2G service. The resources need to be repurposed to 4G services. If people are still using 2G-only devices, that's their problem. Get with the times or get left behind. Technology waits for no man.

posted on 23 May 2012, 20:14

8. rob5150 (Posts: 103; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


i use 2g on my samsung infuse 4g. rooted cm7..
i live on long island, and i use 2g instead of wcdma-3g/ hspa+
my battery life is well over a day this way.
and if im not around wifi and want to stream some video ill just change my setting to wcdma

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