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1. Verizon 2.3 star rating (2.3 stars | 28 Reviews)
2. Sprint 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 8 Reviews)
3. AT&T 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 32 Reviews)
4. T-Mobile 1.5 star rating (1.5 stars | 11 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.9 star rating (1.9 stars | 88 Reviews)
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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Guerneville Rd. | Willowside Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95401 |

Acceptable coverage 1998-July 2005. Since July 2005 reception has been unacceptable in each of my family's 3 different phones.

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Verizon

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Brooks Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403 |

The folks at Professional Cellular and Paging were great. Their store offers all the carriers and they really know which one is best for you. I can't recommend their customer service any higher - they were awesome and knowlegeable! I had a wonderful AT&T TDMA phone and found out that Cingular who bought AT&T now offers only GSM technology which has a much shorter range on their towers. The GSM phone reception was miserable away from any main metropolitan area. At Professional Cellular they expalined all this and recommended Verzon - I couldn't be any happier! The service was better than AT&T, I wish the battery would last longer, but the reception all over is excellent!

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AT&T

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Humboldt St. | Cherry St., Santa Rosa, CA 95404 |

Since the merger with ATT reception has gotten better and better. You have to update your SIM card(free at the Cingular store) and it helps if you have a great phone(Siemens Rules). Even works great at the coast!

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T-Mobile

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | W. 3rd St. | Old Redwood Hwy. (Hw. 12), Santa Rosa, CA 95401 |

I usually get between 3 and 5 bars at my house. Outside I usually get semi-spotless reception. At school (Montgomery High School) there are a few dead spots.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Northpoint Village, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 |

I allowed my very good AT&T TDMA service to be sucked into the Cingular GSM realm at the beginning of the year. Now when in our house I will usually get 1+ bar, but if I step into the backyard it will jump to 4+ bars. Generally, the front yard yields no signal at all. There are other times, however, when I will get 4+ bars in the house. I don't know if this means that there is a problem with hand-off between towers, or just being on the very edge of a cell.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | St Francis Acres, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 |

(House is up under the white cross on the hill). Reception here is barely usable inside. Outside is a little better. Visitors with GSM phones have zero reception, but TDMA phones (old AT&T) seem to be pretty reliable. Down the hill as I get closer to Hwy. 12, reception is pretty good. Going over the hill at Fountaingrove, get zero.

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AT&T

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Piner | Walzter, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 |

I am investigating switching to the GSM network and have 2 phones currently: my old trusty Nokia 6160 (7 yr old phone) on AT&T TDMA and my new Audiovox 5600 on GSM with Cingular. I have carried both and tested them in several locations. I can use both at my house however the TDMA reception is much better. I get best reception with GSM when I am on the second floor. However, over the last year the TDMA reception is getting worse and spottier which part of the reason for searching for a new phone and service. In the 2 weeks I have had the Audiovox, I have had 2 dropped calls. One going over Fountaingrove on the East side of the hill. The other was on 101 South of Petaluma. No explanation for either - I had 2-3 bars of signal. On a recent roadtrip to Lake County, I found the GSM did not have any signal most places off 101. My Nokia had analog signal, but when I tried to make a call I was connected to Verizon with a hefty surcharge. I may keep my GSM phone with the hope that Cingular continues to improve the GSM network. I will also be looking at Verizon phones - none of which impress me - or stay with my old one for another 6 months and then reassess.

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AT&T Wireless (TDMA)

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Piner | Waltzer, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 |

I am investigating switching to the GSM network and have 2 phones currently: my old trusty Nokia 6160 (7 yr old phone) on AT&T TDMA and my new Audiovox 5600 on GSM with Cingular. I have carried both and tested them in several locations. I can use both at my house however the TDMA reception is much better. I get best reception with GSM when I am on the second floor. However, over the last year the TDMA reception is getting worse and spottier which part of the reason for searching for a new phone and service. In the 2 weeks I have had the Audiovox, I have had 2 dropped calls. One going over Fountaingrove on the East side of the hill. The other was on 101 South of Petaluma. No explanation for either - I had 2-3 bars of signal. On a recent roadtrip to Lake County, I found the GSM did not have any signal most places off 101. My Nokia had analog signal, but when I tried to make a call I was connected to Verizon with a hefty surcharge. I may keep my GSM phone with the hope that Cingular continues to improve the GSM network. I will also be looking at Verizon phones - none of which impress me - or stay with my old one for another 6 months and then reassess.

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Nextel

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Escalero Rd. | Carlos Ct., Santa Rosa, CA 95409 |

Within my house on Escalero, no reception. If I walk out towards Escalero, I get a 1 bar signal at best. There is cell phone tower up Calistoga Rd, but there is a hill between me and the tower so the signal is blocked for the most part.

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AT&T Wireless (GSM)

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Montgomery and Doyle Park | Bicentennial and Mendocino, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 |

AT&T GSM reception slowly improving in most areas of SR always been fairly good on my wife's TDMA phone. Certain areas of Fountaingrove and Hwy 101 near Petaluma / Novato are good on TDMA only. Hopefully will improve with Cingular buy-out.

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