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3G networks question

First off I'm sorry.
I imagine this gets asked quite frequently.
But still I am compelled to ask.
Which service provider has the best 3G network?

From my lurking it seems AT&T has the best coverage.
Im lookin for all the bells and whistles (mobile tv, video conferencing all that jazz)

I am quite seriously considering getting the nokia N96 when its out. And naturally dropping that much on a phone I'm gonna wanna get my monies worth.

Thank you for any input or feedback.
And sorry again if this is a frequent question.

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In reply to: 3G networks question

What is the question exactly?

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who has the best 3g service?

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Unless a U.S. version of that handset arrives you are SOL

In reply to: 3G networks question

It doesn't have the correct frequency bands to operate in the U.S. on either ATT or T-Mo's 3G network. And it's not nor will it be released as a CDMA phone so it won't work w/ Spring or Verizon's version of 3G.

If you aren't dead set on that handset I'd choose ATT if you mostly spend time in very large metropolitan areas and want the fastest 3G speed available. If that's not so important, I'd choose Sprint or Verizon perhaps. YMMV. Everyone's situation is quite different, and just because the maps show you have 3G coverage, it won't always work where folks use there phones the most indoors.


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In reply to: Unless a U.S. version of that handset arrives you are SOL

im sorry im dumbs when it comes to cellular technologies.
what exactly does that mean?
does that mean it wont work with any US carrier?
or only that certain features wont work with it?
ooor something ive totally missed?

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Different carriers function at different frequencies
I'm not sure but most 3G phones for AT&T work at 850 / 1900 / 2100 Mhz
You can check specific phones at

T-mobile(my carrier for about 5 years) doesn't have 3G yet, but will later this year
along with what will hopefully be the first Android phone
I think T-mobile's 3G network will function at 1700 Mhz

Although the 3G might not work, you could possibly still access T-mobile or AT&T's EDGE network for data services
And voice services like calling will also work

Then N96 functions at HSDPA 2100 / 900 mhz
Which doesn't work with any carrier now, but it will be released on Q3 hopefully.
which is about the time when T-mobile will finally power on their 3G
the first 3G device for T-mobile will be a Sony flip phone.

I hope this helps!

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