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1. T-Mobile 2.3 star rating (2.3 stars | 131 Reviews)
2. Verizon 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 155 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 142 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.2 star rating (1.2 stars | 408 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 948 Reviews)
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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Ashland | Archer, Chicago, IL 60608 |

Pros: Speeds are always fast and consistent for the most part in Bridgeport. Coverage is good. Cons: Very expensive, arrogant customer service.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Belmont and Pulaski , Chicago, IL 60641 |

Terrible signal I get only 1 to 2 bars only on Verizon

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Brighton Park, Chicago,Ill., Chicago, IL 60632 |

I went from Cricket to Verizon not because of issues. I had a job advancement and I just wanted a better full signal and knowing it would be $$ a bit more. What a disaster. Drop calls everyday. No signal at work. I traveled on vacation and was charged some random travel bill. This was 5months in verizon. I went back to Cricket. Problems solved! No drop calls, internet works super well without getting your gigs drained. (For the same use with 1 Verizon gig and can do the same with a little less than 3gigs with Cricket. No difference of quality at all.

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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Peterson and Western , Chicago, IL 60659 |

Decent service, when all else fails I just revert to Wifi Calling. I mean for the price I knew that service would be worse than AT&T. Overall I can't complain, except for when I am on 3G... like it's 2016 and I'm on 3G in the middle of the city!

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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Homan Square, Chicago, IL 60624 |

Good reception on phone calls. Calls occasionally go to voice mail without phone ringing. Overall good experience both in Chicago and in several cities during travel using GPS and phone.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Delaware Place, Chicago, IL 60611 |

I have a Verizon jet pack and all day long it has dropped multiple times. Super annoying! You'd think in a big city like Chicago they'd have fabulous coverage. Not impressed... . never had this issue with my jet pack... .

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Ashland Ave. | Cermak, Chicago, IL 60608 |

Have Verizon and have low to no reception at my work in the Pilsen area.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Hubbard / Wabash, Chicago, IL 60611 |

I've been in this building for 6 years. Switched from AT&T because I couldn't get good reception. Went with T-Mobile which really wasn't any better. STUCK with T-Mob because I travel every week out of the country. Service (only use free data and text) is GREAT. I got my friends to switch to T-Mob for the overseas bennies. Now I have no friends! Service in Chicago was always awful but lately it's gotten worse. I'm on 43 floor. West facing windows only. I have spoken with so many reps from T-Mob. All polite. All understanding of my frustration. It's 0400 and I can't sleep. Google took me to this website. Now I'll go back to sleep because for the first time I understand I'm not crazy! My neighbor doesn't have issues. It's probably as one of your reviewers commented about the window location. I have been told I'm too close to the Trump Tower and it's sucking up all the signal. I swear I was told that by an AT&T rep when I wasn't getting good reception. I have the WiFi Cellspot Router from T-Mob and THAT doesn't help. You see the internet is also crap. The ONLY thing good about T-Mobile is their phone employees. They have always been kind even though I've had numerous meltdowns. The store employees are another story. You have to visit several stores to find one who cares about service after the sale. I've ranted enough. I've come to the conclusion that downtown Chicago, high-rise living it's a crap shoot.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 18th St. | Ashland, Chicago, IL 60608 |

Extremely poor reception on T-Mobile throughout Pilsen but 18th street near the Pink line station is absolutely horrible. Dropped calls and almost no data coverage. Calls go straight to voicemail. It's bad in different buildings, on the street, even up high on the train platform. It's been this way for over a year and anyone I ask who has T-Mobile and works or lives in Pilsen also has bad service. I guess TMobile doesn't care about it's customers in this area or they would be addressing the situation.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Virtually Everywhere In River North and North of t, Chicago, IL 60606 |

I switched to Sprint because T-Mobile didn't work in my new office location (no reception) and some people at the office told me Sprint should work fine. Therefore, I switched to Sprint and even save money on my monthly plan due to their promotions. But I already regret it after only two weeks! While the phone usually shows good signal strength (>2 dots on LTE, 4-5 on 3G), the voice quality when making a call is unacceptable. Voice is so choppy that both parties on the call have problems to understand each other. Sprint already replaced my phone - but apparently it is a network issue and not a phone issue. As it is our business phone, it is not acceptable and harms our company's reputation. Also, I place quite some calls to Europe, where I experience the same issues, maybe even more significant. Yesterday I heard the same story from a business partner, that she has similar issues downtown - in or around high rises. I honestly can not understand how Sprint does survive with providing such a poor quality. And a final comment: Using T-Mobile was the better choice, as at least I could use WiFi-Calling in the office as a substitute. And they were at least "honest" enough to show bad signal strengths. While Sprint seem to have plenty of towers but a really bad network underlying. T-Mobile's approach seem to be more "honest" to me...

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