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# 214011 24-Apr-2017 06:26
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Looking at switching our mobile provider, the company that approached us is stating their coverage footprint is better, my question is how do we qualify that claim, to be fair the coverage maps for Spark and Vodafone look identical in our areas, guess it comes down to placement and height of the towers right?

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  # 1769476 24-Apr-2017 07:12
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Simple answer - neither are better.


% coverage figures are very similar for both and both networks have deadspots and areas where they have no coverage the the other network does. Unless you live, work or play in one of these areas then coverage should not be a factor in your decision.



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  # 1769480 24-Apr-2017 07:38
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Depends who closer to what serving cell and many other factors like azimuth / power output and gain on the antenna panels ETC............


Sounds like sales person BS




Edit: frequency used on the serving cells in the area will change coverage foot print as well


Ask for official figures and most recent drive test data if the sales person is claiming coverage is better over another carrier




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Master Geek

  # 1806427 25-Jun-2017 15:33
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Partner and I switched from one to the other recently.




We've learned the new network is much worse, with large deadspots on my main road commute.


The new network also collapsed in last two power cuts, other operator never interrupted service.




Things you wish you could know before switching huh?

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