TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Cingular Analog/TDMA Surcharge

Re: Cingular Analog/TDMA Surcharge

B. Wright (
Sat, 5 Aug 2006 14:53:09 MDT

On Thu, 3 Aug 2006, John Levine wrote:

>>> Any idea if this applies to those of us with GAIT phones that do GSM
>>> as well as TDMA, and analog? ... [yes, it does]

>> What they really want is to screw all the old long time AT&T
>> customers into new two year contracts with less favorable rates.

> Since I have never been an AT&T customer, I don't find that very
> persuasive. I originally signed up in 1995 when they were Cingular
> One and my phone was a real 3W AMPS built-in car phone, then went to a
> TDMA handheld, then to my current GSM/TDMA/AMPS phone which I have no
> intention of giving up. It's entirely plausible that they want to
> chase out all the TDMA and AMPS users so they can switch their network
> to be 100% GSM.

Doesn't really apply to you then, but it is true, there is plenty of
evidence to support this. The TDMA customers are also unwanted, but
not quite so badly as the others and I imagine since you're already on
a Cingular plan they won't strong arm you into switching that. You'll
have to let me know if they try to ask you to sign another one/two
year contract to make this change though, I believe this is a special
"bonus" reserved only for the AT&T customers.

>>> Time to look at T-Mobile.

> The prices are great, I need to figure out whether the coverage is OK
> here which basically means whether they let me roam onto Cingular. It
> appears that in some places they do, some they don't.

Yes, this is the only real drawback of T-Mobile in some areas but I
believe it's getting better. A couple of months ago I got a text
message here saying that the ToGo prepaid can now roam onto Cingular's
850Mhz network in our area but I think it is not the case nationwide


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