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Until yesterday, I used to get 2-3 bars, EDGE and REALLY slow data rates (like 0.5 to 1 kb per second) on AT&T with my iPhone 3GS in Texas Children's Hospital and that was near the windows. If I went away from windows I would drop down to zero bars and no service very fast. As of yesterday, I now get 5 bars, 3G and 250 kb/second AND my phone works in all parts of the hospital, even away from windows!!!

AT&T must have made some major changes. Just wanted to let all of you iPhone users out there know that you can finally use your iPhone in the med center without dropping calls and having impossibly slow data.

I wonder where the new tower is...

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Until yesterday, I used to get 2-3 bars, EDGE and REALLY slow data rates (like 0.5 to 1 kb per second) on AT&T with my iPhone 3GS in Texas Children's Hospital and that was near the windows. If I went away from windows I would drop down to zero bars and no service very fast. As of yesterday, I now get 5 bars, 3G and 250 kb/second AND my phone works in all parts of the hospital, even away from windows!!!

AT&T must have made some major changes. Just wanted to let all of you iPhone users out there know that you can finally use your iPhone in the med center without dropping calls and having impossibly slow data.

I wonder where the new tower is...

Nice. I live next to the medical center and my AT&T reception still sucks..... Maybe it is the radiant barrier in my home .. ugh

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The only problem is that AT&T's contractor put their ugly antenna up on Fannin St. right in front of Texas Children's were the new Maternity Center bridge will be built. The antenna will soon be coming down. So get ready for lousy service again.

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Did anyone else see that study that came out last month about AT&T reliability and speed being off the charts? I guess a couple of years of people complaining was enough to get it to upgrade its network substantially. I was surprised to see it besting Verizon in most markets. There was one place where AT&T reliability was around 95%, while Verizon was in the 60's.

Unfortunately, I don't think Houston was part of that study.

I'm surprised T-Mobile doesn't get better reviews in Houston. In most markets where T-Mobile ate an incumbent carrier (Primeco/Aerial in Houston, Voicestream in Minneapolis, etc...) the service is considered superior.

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Did anyone else see that study that came out last month about AT&T reliability and speed being off the charts? I guess a couple of years of people complaining was enough to get it to upgrade its network substantially.

I think the upgrades were a condition of landing the iPhone contract. Apple made them improve, not the consumers (at least directly).

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Did anyone else see that study that came out last month about AT&T reliability and speed being off the charts? I guess a couple of years of people complaining was enough to get it to upgrade its network substantially. I was surprised to see it besting Verizon in most markets. There was one place where AT&T reliability was around 95%, while Verizon was in the 60's.

Unfortunately, I don't think Houston was part of that study.

I'm surprised T-Mobile doesn't get better reviews in Houston. In most markets where T-Mobile ate an incumbent carrier (Primeco/Aerial in Houston, Voicestream in Minneapolis, etc...) the service is considered superior.

I have relatives on T-Mobile and they wouldn't dare switch. They get pretty good reception and much lower rates than me on AT&T.

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Did anyone else see that study that came out last month about AT&T reliability and speed being off the charts? I guess a couple of years of people complaining was enough to get it to upgrade its network substantially. I was surprised to see it besting Verizon in most markets. There was one place where AT&T reliability was around 95%, while Verizon was in the 60's.

Unfortunately, I don't think Houston was part of that study.

I'm surprised T-Mobile doesn't get better reviews in Houston. In most markets where T-Mobile ate an incumbent carrier (Primeco/Aerial in Houston, Voicestream in Minneapolis, etc...) the service is considered superior.

I haven't seen that study, but in my experience, AT&T service is lousy in Houston and just about anywhere else in Texas. I've never had so many dropped calls or bad connections where I can't hear half of what the other person is saying. When my iPhone rings at home, I have to run outside before I answer to reduce the likelihood of those issues. I'm actually in the process of a 30-day trial of Verizon, and must say that I'm having far fewer issues (just one or two calls where the quality suffered for just a second or two). Looks like I'll be porting my number soon...

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I think the upgrades were a condition of landing the iPhone contract. Apple made them improve, not the consumers (at least directly).

The iPhone appeared on AT&T's network long before AT&T's latest upgrade. It was consumer complaints, bad publicity, and the FCC that pushed AT&T into its upgrade.

The big reason AT&T got the iPhone instead of Verizon was because it uses a global standard, so Apple only had to make one version of the phone to cover every market. These days, Verizon has a few phones with a Frankenstein GSM chip in them, but that still leaves the Verizon phone unusable in Japan, Korea, and many other parts of Asia, while the iPhone continues to work perfectly in those countries (I speak from first-hand use).

Now that it has more experience in the mobile sector, Apple was ready to make a Verizon-version of the iPad but Verizon refused to be reasonable on data rates. With the AT&T version of the iPad you get 250 megs of data for $14.99/month, or unlimited data for $29.99/month and no contract. Verizon wouldn't do an unlimited plan, and wanted to charge $40/month (likely on contract) for the 250 megs. I don't blame Apple for laughing and walking away. Verizon's shot itself in the foot twice on this.

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