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

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.”

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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9 Comments

1. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 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!!

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

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.

3. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

5. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 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.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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....

7. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 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!!!!!!

9. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

8. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 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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