Engadget got some face time with AT&T’s Ralph de la Vega and came out with a juicy tidbit. It looks like AT&T plans on bringing better 3G coverage by moving it off the higher and weaker (shorter range) 1900Mhz to the lower and much stronger 850Mhz frequency. Its planned to end for key cities like New York by the end of 2009!
Here is what that means to AT&T users…
- If you have a 3G device like the Bold you will be receiving a much stronger 3G signal (read “more bars in more places”)
- The 850Mhz band is the one that penetrates buildings and gives you reception in elevators
- The 1900Mhz band is weaker which means that 2G EDGE and GPRS devices will suffer with worse signal strength
- 2G only devices will notice some serious drops in performance due to higher frequency jitters
- This does not bode well for a 2G 8900 Curve coming to AT&T
So I guess AT&T is trying to send BlackBerry users a message. If you want good reception get at Bold.