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3G by year's end

Posted Friday, August 27, 2010, at 3:11 PM

After I mentioned Shelbyville's lack of AT&T 3G service in my tech column earlier in the week, I got a call today (Friday) from AT&T spokeswoman Cathie Lewandowski said Shelbyville is scheduled to have 3G by year's end.

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I went to AT&T long enough ago that they were AT&T Wireless the first time around, before they were merged into Cingular and then became AT&T again. Back then, data wasn't a factor and I moved to AT&T because of a good calling plan -- AT&T's cheapest plan with nationwide long distance was, at the time, $10 cheaper than Verizon's cheapest plan with nationwide long distance. I'm still grandfathered into that same rate (which I don't think AT&T offers anymore) and have never moved. I considered it this time around, especially since some companies have better data plans, but the money I would be saving on data I would be losing by giving up my calling plan!

-- Posted by Jicarney on Sat, Aug 28, 2010, at 5:17 PM

Just curious why you prefer AT&T?

Verizon has offered 3G for a good while now.

-- Posted by quietmike on Sat, Aug 28, 2010, at 2:34 PM

I agree with you on the battery life, Evil Monkey. I noticed a big difference when my Mom was in Vanderbilt and I was driving back and forth to Nashville.

But there are some things like video that you can do on 3G but not so much on Edge. And if tablet computers like the iPad continue to grow, 3G will take on even more importance.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Sat, Aug 28, 2010, at 2:00 PM

honestly, 3G is great for speed, but I notice my battery life suffers big time. And to be honestly, Edge isn't that bad. My speeds aren't bad.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sat, Aug 28, 2010, at 12:25 PM

In other AT&T news, we have their landline service, and are a mile from their DSL service... Three years and counting, with no advancement. It is a shame, that without government loans these companies refuse to invest in our communities.

Also, AT&T's "97%" coverage across the U.S. does not include 3G, of course they don't want you to get that from their marketing campaign.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Aug 28, 2010, at 9:59 AM

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