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Old 08-15-2005, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I live in a major urban area. BlackBerry users from various providers, even T-Mobile, all have good coverage. However, I also travel a great deal throughout the US, including in rural areas. Generally speaking, which provider is likely to have the broadest domestic US coverage? I assume Verizon or Cingular, but...

In one area in which I travel I recently discovered that an Alltel BlackBerry 7250 worked but a Verizon BlackBerry did not -- "Data Connection Refused." For voice systems, Alltel and Verizon have roaming agreements, but I don't know how the major carriers deal with roaming for BlackBerry service. Any general information on this would be helpful.

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Verizon has good coverage, including rural areas in the Western States. You might consider EarthLink which uses Verizon's network but has a better rate plan than Verizon.
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Verizon would be your best bet for greatest coverage, especially in the more suburban and rural areas. Alltel just started offering blackberry a couple of weeks ago (possibly less - my local Alltel rep just received BB training last week), and I think some of the data roaming agreements between Alltel and Verizon are also relatively new (only 1-4 weeks old). It's my understanding that Alltel and Verizon should now freely roam on one another's networks (including data), so I'm not sure how to explain the issue you experienced - possibly all the roaming agreements were not in place yet?
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It's my understanding that Alltel and Verizon should now freely roam on one another's networks (including data)
This is not true as of today. I called VZW business support, and they confirmed that they do not allow data roaming via other carriers.
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I have Alltel and I roam on VZW when I am off network, and all of my data features work.
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I was on the NC coast yesterday and all the areas that I previously had no data coverage are still present. I am not saying that Alltel cannot data roam on Verizon since I am not a Alltel user. I am saying per VZW support and my experience I cannot data roam on Alltel or any other carriers towers.
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That is strange, I thought the roaming agreement went both ways? I guess they must still be working the bugs out.
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As per VZW support they do not allow data roaming because other carriers towers that broadcast the data is substandard to theirs.
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I guess I would rather have substandard data then no data at all?
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