San Diego, CA Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


Rating
1. T-Mobile 2.1 star rating (2.1 stars | 76 Reviews)
2. Verizon 1.9 star rating (1.9 stars | 99 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 97 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.5 star rating (1.5 stars | 143 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 445 Reviews)
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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Talbot / leroy | Talbot, San Diego, CA 92106 |

Brand new 1phone 6+ on the Verizon highly touted 4g- what BS! 1-2 bars in my home, yard and most of Ptl Ob.!was using old four year old iPhone on 3G and it was FAR BETTER! Have a Ferrari riding on a go cart track! 10 years with Verizon, and this is the latest and greatest they NOW have in major metro area?? Disgust and going to dump them.

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Verizon

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Aber | Lisann, San Diego, CA 92117 |

No 4g lte. Very poor voice reception too, nearly 100% dropped calls. Reception was better a couple of years ago.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 998 W Mission Bay Dr., San Diego, CA 92109 |

Been here 5 days.. Getting most texts. Can not make receive phone calls. Terrible service.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 32nd St. Navy Base San Diego | Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92136 |

I am not too sure why I dont get calls on my phone and since I moved from T-Mobile to Sprint, I never got to see 4G in my signal anywhere. WOW!

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Sun Set Cliff | Point Loma Submarine Navy Base, San Diego, CA 92106 |

Please improve the reception in those place I the Navy base the reception is on and off terribly. My friends has Sprint it works great there

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Del Sol Blvd. | Palm Ave., San Diego, CA 92154 |

Poor reception, I leave by Palm ave 805 freeway n reception is just horrible have to transfer calls to my home phone

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Broadway, 30th, Grape Street, Downtown To 15th | 28th St.To 16th Streets and North and West, San Diego, CA 92102 |

Sprint "upgraded" to LTE in this neighborhood in june of 2014 and since then my service has been the worst service in 16 years on sprint. constant slow internet less than 1Mbps and missed calls and dropped calls and not sent texts. biggest problem in september is the slow speeds as the network voice and text and voicemails are improving. data speeds at LTE and 3G both really too slow and have received courtesy credits. I cannot function this way so I am switching. I have all of the screenshots from speedtest.net and the coordinates for each speed test I am doing daily for Sprint operations management out of courtesy. they are simply not able to service 92101 and 92102 effectively. this issue has been on the iphone 5 from june 23 to september 18 and iphone 6 now since September 19th until today. they may give you unlmitted data, but its not even 3G speed in this area. one street may be good, but three others are not in south park and golden hill.

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T-Mobile

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Scripps Ranch Bordering Poway | Near Water Tower on Spring Canyon @ Pomerado Rd., San Diego, CA 92131 |

Live in Scripps Ranch and I work in Poway. The only dropped calls I've ever had have been out in the country or in the mountains. Data speeds on T-Mobile LTE are super FAST! I've seen 30+Mbps downloads and uploads are routinely 20+ Mbps. Beats the crap out of Time Warner / Road Runner. Also, T-Mobile gives me the ability to have a wi-fi hotspot with no extra charge. Streams music without a hit to your data plan and gives me free texts and unlimited calls for $50 a month. Unlimited data even after you go over the 1 gig a month plan that I pay for. It's just much slower after that. Really happy with T-Mobile, and no, I don't work for them.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Near University of San Diego Entrance | Linda Vista Rd., San Diego, CA 92110 |

I can only get a faint signal within my apartment in the middle of Carmel Pacific Apartments. If you move away from the windows, then the call is dropped. Friends report that Verizon get good reception in the apartment, but Sprint and AT&T have terrible reception.

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Sprint

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Shelter Island Dr. , San Diego, CA 92106 |

Sporadic reception accessing streaming data on computer.

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T-Mobile

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | 8400 Linda Vista RD, San Diego, CA 92111 |

I switched from Verizon to Sprint (customer service) a few years ago, then from Sprint to T-Mobile (savings) this week, and so far I am very happy. Not only is my bill cheaper, but I get better reception in places that I didn't with either Verizon or Sprint. In my house, I get 4g LTE and 4 bars. I just use Wifi calling and data there anyways, but it's nice to know the reception is there. With both Sprint and Verizon, I was roaming... Also, in my work office I got a very weak 3G signal with Sprint, and 1-3 bars. With my T-Mobile S4, I get 4g LTE and 4-5 bars.

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Sprint

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | 34th St., San Diego, CA 92116 |

For years I used a TracFone and never had a dropped call. Ever since I upgraded to a Galaxy3 through Virgin Mobile I can't have a phone call without being dis connected. Pretty sure they use Sprints towers. I have no problems with internet connections..just constant dropped phone calls. Love the phone..hate the dropped calls.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Bay Park | Milton, Morena Blv., San Diego, CA 92110 |

I have been with T-Mobile for about 12 years and after about 6 months of moving into our new house our reception went from not great to horrible. I get one or two bars. Trying to use the internet is a joke. I have to sit in one room to get any kind of reception in my house. I immediately called when the reception got worse and T-Mobile refused to admit that something had changed although there were several other "open ticket" complaints. The rep then tacked my complaint onto another persons ticket. Nothing ever changed. They sent me two signal boosters that didn't do anything. Sometimes the signal booster shows it's not even picking up a signal. Every time I call they say "you should be getting excellent coverage". And if these guys tell me to turn my phone off and on or pull out the battery one more time I'm gonna loose it!

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Bernardo Center Dr., San Diego, CA 92128 |

Purchased 5s one month ago. Reception dropped to 1X. Lte reception virtually impossible to receive. Got a $15 discount for one month. Little consolation for such poor continuous Sprint service.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | North Pacific Beach | Cass and Law St., San Diego, CA 92109 |

1 bar, 2 bars or no bars... and 4G? Not even close. The network shows as "H" whatever that it is, it is slow. Im unable to use the PayPal point of sale credit card swiper for my small business because the connection is too slow. I often hold my phone up and move my arm around in an attempt to locate a better connection. I've lived in third world countries with faster networks. Disappointed and frustrated..

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AT&T

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Point Loma / OB, San Diego, CA 92106 |

Looks like people come to callreception.com just to complain about reception... ie, they only seek out this site when their phone reception is crappy... thus, all the 1 and 2 star reviews. This is NOT a good indication of the actual performance of a cellular provider in my opinion. Anyway, AT&T has been nearly perfect for me in all parts of San Diego. The only place that will drop is if I'm on SunSet Cliffs or very close to the water. And even that depends on the day, cloud coverage, etc. I can usually walk on dog beach with my dog even and still get full coverage. Can't complain at all. I only drop 1-star because about half the time when I get within a few blocks of the ocean in OB there is an area there that my service gets spotty or drops. In reality, that's to be expected but anyway... . it's all good in my book. Was just researching Ting as a replacement provider as their cost is about half of AT&T. They use Sprint coverage so just trying to find out if they're as good as AT&T or not or if I'd be adopting a problem by switching. By the sounds of it Sprint is not really up to snuff with AT&T.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Plumosa Park | Elliot, San Diego, CA 92106 |

The old Sprint I started with business plan was "Quality so high you can hear a pin drop"', new business plan is "unlimited garbage for one low price". Looks like they got rid of those Pin guys.

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Verizon

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Morehouse | Lusk, San Diego, CA 92121 |

Verizon used to be a good carrier, but something has changed. Lately I'm having problems just connecting to cell tours and my phone often says it's roaming even though it shouldn't. When I do connect, data speeds are much less than they were a year ago and latency and error rates are sometimes high. I pay way to much for such horrible service.

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | 8900 Balboa, San Diego, CA 92123 |

No data connectivity 95% of the time. If you live or work in this or surrounding areas, stay away from Sprint!

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Talmadge | Fairmount Ave., San Diego, CA 92115 |

I moved to the area two years ago and initially the reception was fine until last year. Now I get intermittent calls (incoming / outgoing) when I'm on the 3rd floor of my home. I have to go down to the 1st floor to make a call but most of the time the chances of the reception getting lost within a few minutes of the call are 95%. Verizon hasn't been very helpful, they don't seem to want to help as Sprint did for their customers who lived in the same complex. They promote 4g and know that canyons tend to have spotty reception yet have not done anything to resolve it. Customers shouldn't have to invest additional money for a network extender.

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