AT&T Wireless Multi-Band Phones

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AT&T Wireless Offers New Multi-Band Phone, Rate Plans

AT&T Wireless unveiled two new multi-band rate plans and a phone that works on both its Global System for Mobile (GSM) and Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) networks.

The new plans allow customers to use the company's high-speed GSM/General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) network within designated coverage areas and its national TDMA voice network when traveling outside the GSM/GPRS calling area.  The new plans are:  AT&T Multi Band One Rate that  includes no roaming or domestic long distance charges for all voice calls made within the U.S., with monthly pricing ranging from $59.99 for 450 minutes to $199.99 for 2,000 minutes; and AT&T Multi-Band National Network that offers no roaming or long distance charges when calls are carried over its GSM or TDMA networks.  Monthly prices range from $34.99 for 300 minutes to $149.99 with 2,200 minutes.  

Along with the calling plans, AT&T Wireless introduced the Siemens S46 phone that combines GSM/GPRS and TDMA technology.  The S46 phone is priced at $199.99 and provides high-speed wireless data capabilities, voice dialing and a built-in data/fax modem.  An optional MP3 player headset can be purchased separately.  

AT&T offers high-speed data service in 25 of the top 100 U.S. markets including Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, and Seattle.  
 

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Marty, do you know what type of coverage these phones cover? I use to have ATT on their analog system. Sonia and I went on a trip to Great Basin NP I was able to pick up a signal in central Nevada in the middle of BFE. Now with a digital network I lose coverage as soon as I get away from the Interstate.
 

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We had that same techno void when going from analog to digital.  Took a while for all the carriers to increase digital micro-cell coverage.  GSM based phones are not without voids.  However coverage should be increasing.  If not by direct carrier, then by leasing satellite connections.
It'll be nice, but I won't hold my breath.
 


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