Mar 12, 2003, 11:21 PM
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I have the strong suspicion that you're reading the MoviStar Coverage Map (http://www.movitel.com.mx/images/cober/mapa3.jpg) backwards. Defying conventional logic, the map shows areas with cellular service in grey, and non-covered areas in the more eye-catching green, meaning that there's service in Mexico DF, Guadalajara, and significant portions of the state of Guanajato.
Re: [raferguson] Best Overall Cell Phone Service in Mex?
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There's a number of variables that affect a user's experience with a cellular phone, including but not limited to:
- proximity to the closest repeater site,
- geographical and architectural features between the user and the repeater,
- electric and magnetic field emitters between the user and the repeater,
- user density (cell saturation) for the repeater,
- mobile v. fixed location terminal (handset) use,
- terminal quality,
- terminal condition,
- terminal orientation,
- frequency of transmission, and the
- encoding and error correction scheme used by network.
The combination of these variables makes it close to impossible to judge how your experience is going to be with a given carrier based on the comments of others. I have a personal bias towards cellular, compared to PCS service, and have a dislike for CDMA encoding. The former is based on physics, the latter is simply a dislike for the licensing requirements imposed by the patent holder Qualcomm.
I'd love to get inside of the skull of the various Telefónica Móvile management types involved with the Pegaso purchase to see what their plans are. Even though both use the same encoding (CDMA) they're broadcasting on different frequencies and neither company, to my knowledge was selling dual band phones. Possible explanations for the purchase include denying Pegaso to the competition, interest in Pegaso's cell sites, interest in adding PCS functionality to the MoviStar network, and being offered a rock-bottom price. Even if none of these considerations came into play, you'd still be inside somebody's head and could make some interesting Exorcist-like moves.
(This post was edited by ET on Mar 12, 2003, 11:33 PM)