Post by plasticpepper on May 22, 2008 16:55:31 GMT -5
Last year two of my friends were on Verizon, one was on T-mobile, and I'm on Sprint. We had no problems with texting. I always had service for calls too, although texting is WAY easier. I remember having a shouting match with one of the Verizon friends over the phone, but I can't remember if it was because he didn't have service or because one or both of us was somewhere loud.
I can attest to the at&t situation. We could never get a signal, not even to text unless it was 6 or 7 am. Our neighbors had verizon and they're service was flawless. We ended up using their phone to call and check on our son.
Dang, I have AT&T and am worried about having no communication. Has anyone ever used walkie talkies? Would that work? If you go to this site www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/ and put in 1560 New Bushy Branch ( the roo site), it is included in the service area. Could it be possible that they've added service since last year?
The issue with ATT/Cingular has been network capacity not signal strength. It is always possible that they added more capacity however there is no way of knowing that until we get there and have a thousand people trying to use their phones at once.
As for walkie talkie's the standard models you see everywhere are pretty much useless. There are too many people trying to use them and not nearly enough channels available.
I do however have a recommendation for walkie talkies. We have been using a newer kind that uses different frequencies and work in a different way. We have used them successfully at big events such as Nascar races that suffer from the same cell phone and walkie talkie issues as bonnaroo. These walkie talkies have lots of features and even do text messaging.
Ya, I work for AT&T and as far as coverage goes, the whole farm is covered. Like it was stated earlier for some reason it bugs out when too many people are trying to use it. I am hoping that seeing how AT&T is sponsoring a tent www.bonnaroo.com/news/2008/05/08/spotlight-blueroom-cafe.aspx that they would be smart enough to provide better cell coverage.
I had/have Verizon and had no probs last year with txt or calls. My friends had ATT and couldn't get service at all and ended up using my phone all weekend. I couldn't get wifi anywhere on the farm except the press area....they said they had wifi in centeroo but it was down everytime I tried to use it....and there was no coverage in the camping area at all
I have T-Mobile, so is my phone gonna just be dead weight? I don't really care about calling the outside world, but would like to be able to get in touch with my friends if/when we get split up. Does anyone have direct experience with T-Mobile?