San Diego, CA Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


Rating
1. T-Mobile 2.1 star rating (2.1 stars | 74 Reviews)
2. Verizon 2 star rating (2 stars | 95 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 93 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.5 star rating (1.5 stars | 142 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 434 Reviews)
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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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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | San Diego, San Diego, CA 92108 |

If you read sprints website they are doing a major overhaul on upgrading their satellite service. I called a rep and she said to call in and they can reset your phone and then when you hang up turn the phone off for 5 min and back on. That helped plus I was able to get back on to abc, cinemax and hbo. They should be done in july. They said to call once a month to let them know how service has been. So hang in there.

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T-Mobile

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | 32nd St. | University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104 |

Good reception 99% of the time. Good service for the lower price v other 3 major carriers.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | E 23rd Street, Yuma, AZ., San Diego, CA 92115 |

No Internet service at all on my new iphone 4S in Yuma. I bone here to visit my son and daughter in law and only get phone service? What's up with that?! No Internet? I live in San Diego and my internet is Blazing fast but Yuma? Fa getta bout it. Nothing!

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T-Mobile

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Mission Gorge Rd. | Margerum Ave., San Diego, CA 92120 |

Switched to T-Mobile from Verizon. Reception with Verizon in this area was amazing, period. However, I switched for reasons that did *not* have to do with reception. I knew reception levels were going to suffer, and I was right, but it's not "that" bad, honestly. I live right in the middle of a 3-story apartment complex where it's admittedly difficult for any cell signal to penetrate. While on Verizon I was able to get an LTE signal anywhere in the house, with T-Mobile I am only able to get HSPA / HSPA+. And that's by the window / balcony; if I'm deeper in the house, I usually can't even hold a signal (voice or data). Once I leave the apartment complex, my signal jumps to full-strength LTE almost immediately, and generally stays there unless I go deep within another building. Bottom line: it's not perfect reception, but given the cost savings (and other benefits that I won't go into, here) over Verizon, I'm absolutely satisfied with it. Maybe over time, technology will improve that will allow their signals to better penetrate buildings.

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | College and Stanley, San Diego, CA 92115 |

No reception at all, internet or phone, in the place I just moved to yesterday in Rolando (near College and Stanley). I can't wait until I get my new phone and switch to T-Mobile next week. Sprint and galaxy s3 a joke. I have spotty reception if I go outside, none at all inside my new place. Sucks too because I moved from being under flight path and had bad internet signal then too.

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Sprint

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Aero Dr. | Sandrock Rd., San Diego, CA 92123 |

Boost Mobile aka Sprint coverage maps state that I have full reception at my home near Aero Dr. and Sandrock Rd, not true at all. Dropped calls, missed calls, the 3G is worse than dial-up. I also travel to Ramona 92065 alot and find full reception without the ability to talk or send txt : / Several Sprint towers are there, so I don't understand the probem.

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Sprint

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | South Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA 92109 |

I use Ting which uses the Sprint network. Coverage here in Mission Beach is good and much better than my friends AT&T - she gets 1-bar in my apartment versus my 4 or 5-bars. Overall I would recommend Ting for coverage and rates (I pay $18 per month and save a ton!) Here is a referral code link for $25 off Ting: type in z9r6ks1t0i4 at ting.com Save that money for something else!

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | 54 East Freeway | Brentwood Exit, San Diego, CA 92139 |

I have been with Sprint for over 10 years, but in the last few years their service has gone down hill and they completely suck... I can literally watch my phone signal go from 4g to 3g to no bars at all and I did was roll over in bed. Im always getting dropped calls and and missed texts. I can be at work in Late Jolla and sit next to other people with same exact phone which is a GS3 and they have full service because they have another carrier... I have complained and nothing ever comes of it. Im supposed to be giving birth in a few weeks and worried ill be an area where I can't call anyone to take me to the hospital cause my service sucks.. Im now looking into Verizon but have to wait 5mos to change providers because I don't want to be charged the extra fees to diconnect my service that I pay 100 for an unlimited everything plan and don't get any service from... They are such a rip off.

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Verizon

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | I805 | I15, San Diego, CA 92116 |

At work in Oceanside, my reception is spotty. At home in San Diego, it's great! I don't know if it's my Galaxy S3, but my gps NEVER works. On the iPhone 4S and Droid X the gps is perfectly fine.

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Verizon

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | All Over the County | Euclid, Bonita, Mexico, South Bay, Escondido, San Diego, CA 92114 |

After 13 years being with Sprint and getting 20% reception (data, text, calls) I was forced to get an additional line: Verizon. I'll tell you, I've EXCELLENT reception for everything all over the County, no matter what I am. Also when I travel to Mexico I can use the phone to make calls (under international plan) with absolute clarity. The bill is quite higher but this carrier is absolutely reliable. Customer service is great and the bill is so easy to understand, it has per line charges. HIGHLY recommend it.

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | All County | Encanto, Imperial Beach, Bonita, San Diego, CA 92114 |

I've 5 lines with Sprint and my friends also have Sprint. We live in different parts: Encanto 92114, Bonita, Imperial Beach, 92154, Chula Vista 91910. NONE of us have reception, we drop calls 80% of the time, data is almost not existing, we often don't receive calls or aren't capable to send / receive texts. We've Note II, S4, S4 Mini, S3, I phone 5s, Motorola Photon. The Airave is obsolete since even the antena sitting outside in the middle of the yard can't lock in GPS. I was forced to get a another line with Verizon so I could communicate with our customers. What a HUGE difference, we've reception EVERY WHERE (Even in remote areas, we can also use the phone when we go to Mexico and works perfect), bill is more expensive but what good does it make to pay for unlimited data if you can't ever use it?

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