Des Moines, IA Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


Rating
1. AT&T 2.6 star rating (2.6 stars | 11 Reviews)
2. Verizon 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 10 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 9 Reviews)

Total Coverage 2.1 star rating (2.1 stars | 42 Reviews)
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Verizon

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | New Pinery Rd., Des Moines, IA 50391 |

i just bought an iphone 5s at Verizon in portage. drove to westfield area, signal the whole way.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | SE14&Park Av, Des Moines, IA 50320 |

Its a dead zone. Switching carriers to anything else

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AT&T

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Interstate 80, Des Moines, IA 50319 |

Had LTE service almost to Iowa City from Des Moines although it was spotty in Des Moines they dont even show LTE as being active. I guess they are testing it and turningaon as they go.

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Cellular One

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | 41st St. | Beaver Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311 |

My US cell coverage used to be great but ever since spring of 2013 I have had trouble with my service. I cannot even send a text from my house much less call anyone. If not for my wireless internet the phone would be completely useless at in my home. It still works most everywhere else just not as reliably as before. don't know if this has anything to do with Sprint buying out some of US Cellulars towers??

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US Cellular

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Countyline Rd., Des Moines, IA 50320 |

I use to get great reception but now that I switche'd phones I have none Ican't play anygames or get some calls very frustrating especially since I use to love my cell phone company..

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Verizon

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | University Ave. | 2nd Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314 |

Over the last week (6 / 12 / 13-6 / 18 / 13) Verizon's service went from near perfect 4G to absolutely pitiful with no reception. What happened, did Verizon have a tower go down or what?

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | East Southwest Side | Park Ave.And SW 9th, Des Moines, IA 50315 |

Little to no reception with lots of dead zones. I can't even have a decent conversation in my own home because of all of the cutting in and out and dropping of calls. I called Sprint, they said 2 / 3 towers that service this area are underperforming and that they are sending technicians out soon (March 2013). Let's see if that happens! I can't deal with this much longer.

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Sprint

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | School, Des Moines, IA 50317 |

Good reception around town and I would recemend Sprint

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Verizon

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Bell Ave. | George Flagg Pkwy., Des Moines, IA 50321 |

Worked in a building off of 5050 Park Ave. for a month; no Verizon connection. Phone was using US Cellular extended network. Come on Verizon; this building is just 500 feet from an international airport, and you have no connection at all?

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Verizon

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Beaver Ave. | Lower Beaver Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310 |

Driving through this intersection, Verizon has no signal at all. Less than 1,000' from the 2 busiest interstate highways in the country, in the middle of a metro area of 700,000; come on Verizon!

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Verizon

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | 200 East Park Ave. | South Union, Des Moines, IA 50315 |

No reception at the bottom of the hill on South Union and Park Ave. Be careful if you live in this low lying area. Seldom had reception issues with T-Mobile... NEVER should have switched to Verizon! Dropped calls ALL the time for 2 years now!

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US Cellular

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Hubbell and Broadway Intersection Entering Into Al | NE Hubbell Ave. and Broadway Intersection, Des Moines, IA 50317 |

US Cellular states they have tested and we should have good coverage with at least 2 bars inside the house. We can't even get 2 bars outside the house and have 0 bars inside. My son has Verison and my daughter a Boost Mobile phone and they never have issues with reception or dropped calls or anything. I don't know what carrier to switch to after being a customer of us celluar for years and they don't seem to give a crap. Their phones have been disappointing as well and the insurance is a joke and you get refurbished phones that are crap.

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Verizon

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | SE 1st South of Dsm River | SE2nd, Des Moines, IA 50315 |

good 4G in des moines, 3g was ok on the southside but on it seem I got the best on the westside pulling 25meg download and 8meg upload on 4G on southside with 4 bars

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Sprint

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Merle Hay Mall Area, Des Moines, IA 50310 |

Reception is always good. 4g has worked intermittently recently. I used to have US Cellular, which worked very well, and I am very happy with Sprint and my Evo 3d.

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Sprint

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Fleur Dr. | McKinley Ave., Des Moines, IA 50321 |

I love Sprint! I've had no problems with them and I have been given excellent customer service (which a lot of people seem to say otherwise, but perhaps they are being bad customers by not controlling their tempers? Just a thought... can't say whether that is true or not)... Anyways... In Des Moines I have only two troublesome spots: The first being on the first floor of the hotel I work at (but on the other three floors I get perfect signal!) and whenever I'm in the Jordan Creek Town Center area... texts and calls incoming and outgoing are fine, but when I access data, it's as if it just crawls slower than 2G speeds! The Sprint authroized retailer employee in JCTC is aware of this, but nothing has been improved. But to be fair, I was at Jordan Creek today and the speeds were moving along rather fine (Foursquare was working at tip-top whereas most of the time at JCTC it barely works... ) Other than that, I have EXCELLENT coverage with Sprint! I would rather have Sprint than Verizon or US Cellular, but I have to say when I had AT&T (Cingular; January 2006-December 2009), it worked perfectly in Des Moines, no matter where I went! But I switched to Sprint because my work location has Sprint (2G only, unfortunately) but not AT&T (roaming partner GSM coverage).

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US Cellular

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Marshalltown Hwy. 130 | Hwy. 14, Des Moines, IA 50317 |

Drops calls all of the time. Verizon was worse but it depends on the phone I have LG no reception Motorola Great Reception Verizon Blackberry --don't even try making a call. No reception

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | 42nd and Grand, Des Moines, IA 50312 |

Phone is great, but the NETWORK crackles and varies, no matter what, usually one bar... despite being claimed a perfect zone by the network coverage map. Avoid Sprint network here. Fie on them, Fie I say!

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | 4220 Grand | 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312 |

Virtually no reception, despite a positive deep green on the reception map... the network is Sprint. Avoid. The phone works great, and where coverage is good, the phone performance is excellent. It is the network that should be avoided. Fie on them, Fie! Fie!

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Verizon

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Des Moines, IA | East Des Moines, Des Moines, IA 50309 |

I was so sick of all the drop calls on AT&T. A friend of mine switched to Verizon and said he had no problems, so I switched my 4 lines to Verizon. I have to say, it was a very smart move. I have not had any drop calls. The service is strong, and the 3G covers more then AT&T does.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Army Post | 14th, Des Moines, IA 50317 |

I live near a Sprint tower. Not right next store, but I can see the tower outside my window quite easily... . I barely get reception. To be fair, I've never had a dropped call. One or two bars at most is pretty typical. Even around town. Sometimes in the mornings, my phone won't connect with the towers and I cannot make calls.

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