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Monterey, CA Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps

1. AT&T 4 star rating (4 stars | 1 Reviews)
2. T-Mobile 3 star rating (3 stars | 3 Reviews)
3. Verizon 2.4 star rating (2.4 stars | 5 Reviews)
4. Sprint 2.3 star rating (2.3 stars | 7 Reviews)

Total Coverage 2.6 star rating (2.6 stars | 16 Reviews)
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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Casa Verde Way | Montecito Ave., Monterey, CA 93940 |

Cell phone reception is terrible. Always shows "LTE" with between 1-3 bars, and absolutely NO text or call capability. Would rather it just say, "No Service" than lie to me everywhere. Most of the time I need to leave my house and go out to the street corner to get acceptable coverage. Also, signal is non-existent near Fort Ord or Marina.

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0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Hilton Garden Inn | Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940 |

Traveled all over Monterey, Carmel and Seaside and never saw more than 1 bar on either my iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S5. Could not receive or make a call while indoors. Text messages took upwards of 5 mins to send. Internet was non-existent.

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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | DLI, Monterey, CA 93944 |

Great call / text reception. Have occasionally had internet issues, but that could have been the phone rather than the signal.

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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | El Dorado St. | Cass St., Monterey, CA 93940 |

The tower is only a mile away, so very good T-Mobile reception in this area of Monterey.

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Near MPC, Monterey, CA 93940 |

Calls inside the house and out on the deck drop every few minutes. Also, whenever I'm on a call driving on HWY 1 South I always lose the call around Sand City and again in Marina I did not have this problem with AT&T a few years ago. Time to switch back.

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Dela Vina Ave. | Fremont, Monterey, CA 93940 |

The phone sucks just by it self. Reception though is marginal over all. Ive had a few dropped calls in my apt. and more where I work in Salinas. On average I have at the most 4 bars but a lot of the time down to 1 or less.

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | 300 Pacific Ave, Monterey, CA | Del Monte, Monterey, CA 93940 |

This is the location of a hotel I stay at a couple times a year. The problem is not particularly the signal strength, but the quality. I get 2-3 bars, which normally is adequate. At this location, however, even if I have 3 bars, the quality of the signal is so bad that you just can't have an understandable conversation. And then, inevitably, the call gets dropped. Fortunately, I have an unlimited roaming plan, and I just set the phone to "roam only" while I'm at this location, and I get 4-5 bars and good signal quality (probably the Verizon tower, which appears to be closer to central Monterey than the Sprint tower).

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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Presidio of Monterey, Monterey, CA 93940 |

AT&T has better coverage than most carriers in the area. Ft. Ord has trouble across the board, but since I had a software update on my Nokia, I went from having 0-1 bars to 1-3. It works great throughout Monterey and Carmel, though Carmel Valley is problematic (get Verizon if you live past Safeway). I recommend it to most people, given the ease of use, the ease of transferring phones WITHOUT paying $200+ (goPhone+SIM), and the above average customer service.

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5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Fremont and Broadway | Del Monte Blv. and Hwy. 218, Monterey, CA 93940 |

very good reception, you can even make calls and use the internet when you don't have any bars out in the monterey forest

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Monterey Rd., Monterey, CA 93944 |

I never got good signal in my house (on Fort Ord, of course,) until I got my Razr. My husband's crappy Samsung never got any signal at all. After I got my Razr, I could talk on my cell phone in my house okay. I dropped calls sometimes, but not too often. All over Fort Ord, signal is spotty. If the wind blows, you lose the one bar you had. Hwy. 1 I had signal okay, but it would go in and out. Friends of mine had Sprint and AT&T and I would have to say even my husband had better reception than they did. A few ended up switching to Verizon. If you can, I would go with Verizon. It's better than anything else out there...

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