Thursday, April 07, 2011

If you have AT&T in Houston or other parts of Texas, you might want to read this

Samsung a187 Prepaid GoPhone (AT&T) with $15 Airtime CreditConsidering their record so far, I know news about Minute Maid Park and the Houston Astros isn't something you are jonsing for at this point, but stay with me. AT&T announced it has thrown a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and Wi-Fi network into the ballpark.

As a friend of mine recently said, the actual game is wallpaper to the food, friends and phones for most people. Have you ever noticed at a game or concert that it's sometimes difficult to get online using your phone because everyone else is trying to do the same? Well, this deal will help those who have AT&T.

The press release on this says, "Inside the venue, there are 225 access points to cover 40,950 seats, concession stands and concourse areas. Minute Maid Park visitors with a Wi-Fi-enabled AT&T smartphone can easily connect to the AT&T Wi-Fi network without any setup or log in required, through an auto-authentication process."

I am blogging about this because AT&T reached out to some Houston bloggers and took us out for coffee this week. One person I met there was Chris Penrose, South Texas vice president and general manager, AT&T.

From the things I talked with him about, here are a few items you might be interested in.

- In the last few years, AT&T has had an 8,000% increase in data use (not surprising, a few years ago, I could barely scan news feeds and my email...not much data usage there)
- The company is adding additional spectrum to its 3G and 4G networks
- AT&T has invested $825 million over the last three years into its network
- There is not a date in Houston for the AT&T 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network upgrade but Penrose says we will be one of the first markets
- There are 12 new Android phones coming to AT&T this year
- The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands will also get the system going into Minute Maid Park I talked about above


  1. You know what would be great? It would be awesome if, instead of putting multiple points of connection in Minute Maid Park, they do that, oh, I don't know, AROUND THE CITY!

    I live, literally, one block from AT&T's main building and I get one, two bars (when lucky) outside my apartment or near the window. Inside the apartment, nada.

    I was sitting at a coffee shop within 100 yards of that same main building a few weeks ago and was losing calls left and right due to dropped signals.

    I love my iPhone, but their lack of coverage is infuriating.

  2. Yeah, no shortage of stories out there about signal issues. I get cut off from my wife on her iPhone regularly.

  3. I'm curious as to what the AT&T rep means by "adding additional spectrum to its 3G and 4G networks". Is this in reference to the possible T-Mobile purchase (in which they've stated they'll use T-Mobile's AWS spectrum for their LTE network) or they AT&T is getting this spectrum from elsewhere.

    If the additional spectrum is from hopes of purchasing T-Mobile, I hope AT&T has a backup plan in the event the purchase isn't allowed.

  4. at&t is awful...the only reason their customer base is what it is, is because of the iPhone... Here's a novel idea...go to the Astros game to watch the Astros...the last thing we need is people bringing their laptops and tablets to a sporting event...

  5. With the technology available, there should be an automatic text sent from your phone as soon as you hit the turnstile at Minute Maid to everyone in your contact list that says "Dude, I'm totally at the Astros game!"
    Then you can just leave your phone in your pocket and (dare I say it) watch the ball game.