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Sean
post Mar 23 2006, 02:23 PM
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From the it's just about time department comes this story from RCR News:

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Cingular Wireless L.L.C. plans to shut off both its TDMA and analog networks by 2008, chief executive officer Stan Sigman told attendees during a keynote address earlier this week at the TelecomNext conference.

Cingular spokesman Ritch Blasi noted that about 95 percent of Cingularís traffic currently is over its GSM network and that the carrier has seen a natural transition of customers from TDMA to GSM since its acquisition of the former AT&T Wireless Services Inc. in 2004.


I think I speak for all of us here at MGN when I say Buh-By. My firm belief is that when they drop off the old technologies which are well past their prime, their focus will be entirely on the new and you will see performance gains from GSM services, wide spread 3G data roll outs, and just better service in general. Just think about it, right now, there are some percentage of Cingular people who have to fix and maintain the old towers, once they are freed up, they can fix GSM, that will equate to better service for us.

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post Mar 23 2006, 09:06 PM
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Or they will be sacked and Cingular will lower their operating costs and increase profits.

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Just think about it, right now, there are some percentage of Cingular people who have to fix and maintain the old towers, once they are freed up, they can fix GSM, that will equate to better service for us.

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post Mar 23 2006, 09:36 PM
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Too bad they did offer there old customers from AT&T a sweet deal to join Cingular. They fight me every time I call. They want me to throw away my $300.00 smartphone to join there network for cheesy basic phone with a 2 year deal. Also give up 1200 minutes for 59.99 plus discount to a plan that only has 700 minutes. Bah!!! I do understand ,but they should give some incentive to they loyal customers that have stuck with them...

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Boo hiss... biggrin.gif

The analog network is the only one that works over long distances people. The GSM infrastructure requires many more cell sites that won't be feasible in National Parks and the like. For example, in Guerneville, CA it is impossible to get a signal on GSM or CDMA because of the mountains surrounding it despite Cingular saying that it has installed new towers. In contrast the analog signal is as clear as day. Cingular claims that all analog towers have been replaced/augmented by digital towers.

I seriously doubt based on Cingular's abysmal business practices and customer service thus far that eliminating analog service will improve their other services. For example, 3G service was and is available on their network. If you have an old ATT&T 3G phone you can use the service but Cingular just hasn't got around to selling the bloody phones.
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