September 2nd, 2011, 01:16 AM
Join Date: Jul 2011
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Sounds like the coverage for some providers goes nuts Oimmuk, when you leave the state. o_O
You can see Metro's full coverage here. MetroPCS | Coverage
As for 3G itself...it will only appear if you are in an area that the PRL reflects on for towers. If there's no 3G in the immediate area, then you won't get it either. However, a Metro Corp told me that they are using other provider's towers, some places with Sprint, others with Verizon.
You can look up on the map the zip-code of where you go outside of town and see if they provide the highest cover, which is 4G. If they do, then its likelier you will stay with 3G or be bumped down to the highest 1x you can get. As for your friend, I believe Sprint does NOT use this method, which can put some well placed hurt coverage wise...