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1. T-Mobile 2.4 star rating (2.4 stars | 126 Reviews)
2. Verizon 1.9 star rating (1.9 stars | 148 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 137 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.2 star rating (1.2 stars | 401 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 922 Reviews)
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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 55th Street, Hyde Park, Chicago, IL 60637 |

I return home to Hyde Park several times a year and constantly face poor to terrible cell phone reception. Often IMs are dropped or undelivered. Emails take forever to never for delivery. It's been this way for YEARS.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Newport Clark, Chicago, IL 60657 |

Verison was / is I cannot understand what you are saying let me hang up and call you again BS. AT&T is constant disconnects and in fact no connection when dialing 911 totally useless phone and messages that some weeks later POS AT&T service

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Roscoe | Seminary, Chicago, IL 60657 |

Verizon was great while living in the NYC area... but upon moving back home to Chicago, it's been abysmal. In our condo... the reception is horrid and we have dropped calls daily. Next to Sprint, this is the worst cell phone service experience I've ever had. We live on the 1st floor of a condo bldng- even walking outside for a possible better signal isn't possible.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Roosevelt | 16st Very Poor Reception Wonder What the Problem I, Chicago, IL 60623 |

Very poor reception in this area here is there a way of correcting that I do I have to leave you guys

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Pulaski | 79th, Chicago, IL 60652 |

Ever since around the beginning of May, I've been getting 1 to 2 bars out the 4 I usually got. Worst of all, sometimes my phone will show I have all 4 bars but the moment I try and send a text or start a call the signal will go down to 1 bar! Additionally, some calls don't even ring my phone and go directly to Voicemail and text messages are extremely delayed and some recipients claim I never even texted them. The Service was working just fine in April and throughout the rest of the year but suddenly this! I've called T-Mobile and they basically said the same thing they always say: That "there's an error with the local tower and it is currently being looked into." They even "connected my phone to next available fully-functioning tower" and that seemed to fix the issues for around 20mins or so. I do business through my phone and I am on it a great majority of the day. This has been an issue so much so I've actually gotten a Skype Phone Number and are currently forwarding all my calls to it so I can answer them through Skype. This fixes almost all issues except for the text messages being delayed. If they don't do something about that "error with the tower" soon I'm gonna have to switch to Verizon. By the way, my phone is a BYOD phone and therefore cannot make use of Wi-Fi Calling otherwise I would not be complaining.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Andersonville | Clark and Winnemac , Chicago, IL 60640 |

I have called T-Mobile technical support so many times it's not even funny! The only answer each time I call is that it's the cell phone towers! I have a little drop calls here and now but the data service is nonexistent 4G and LTE! If I want to use the Internet I have to go outside of my building and walk on a Open corner and I find that very ridiculous knowing that t-Mobile supposed to have the strongest networks or at least one of the strongest ! And reading the comments it seems as if customers have the same problem also! So my question is when does this problem get resolved? I would like to stay with the company but i'm pretty sure like other customers patients are very thin because of an ongoing situation that seems as if it's getting ignored!

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5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | State and Superior, Also Chicago Loop, Chicago, IL 60654 |

I've used all of the carriers in the Chicago area over the past several years and have personal experience with each. Verizon is the best hands-down in terms of all around coverage and data speed. All carriers have dead spots, Verizon has the fewest in my experience. Ignore all the bad reviews from people on here who expect "5 bars" and blazing speeds while indoors and / or in a highrise building. All carriers fail miserably in this scenario. Verizon has the least amount of fail. I currently live in a highrise and use a network extender from Verizon and calls connect through my internet connection and are perfect. Couldn't care less about data speed while at home, that's what home internet is for.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Willis Tower (Sears Tower) | Adams and Franklin, Chicago, IL 60606 |

Cell receptions is ok at two bars but data is basically non-existent. Benchmarks at .14 MPS. Since latency is quite good at 26ms this is clearly a capacity issue. Was much better 6 months ago. T Mobiles success in attracting new subscribers has resulted in much lower data speeds everywhere I go. WIFI call however is an excellent feature.

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5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | 3103 N Narragansett | Belmont, Chicago, IL 60634 |

The reception is perfect, the personal in yours locations is not efficient. Brickyard, Narragansett.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Water Tower Place, Chicago, IL 60610 |

AMEN AMEN thought I was the only one with zero speed! Text that won't go through. Internet searches that are on spin. And I can hear people... but apparently I break up? Why AT&T. WHYYYYY.

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