Evanston, IL Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


Rating
1. T-Mobile 2.3 star rating (2.3 stars | 7 Reviews)
2. Verizon 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 10 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 6 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.2 star rating (1.2 stars | 27 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.6 star rating (1.6 stars | 54 Reviews)
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T-Mobile

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Howard | Custer, Evanston, IL 60202 |

In the last year I have noticed many more dropped calls and places where I'll have no bars or sometimes no service. Husband, son and I frequently don't receive each other's text messages. 3G drops to Edge frequently. But I notice that reviewers of all providers seem to be saying the same thing.

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Cellular One

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Evanston | Central and Greenbay, Evanston, IL 60201 |

I am so glad I found this website. Was about to switch to Sprint tomorrow from US Cellular. Now I will wait. I am really stressing about the change as it seems USC was the only company that people were actually happy with. I am one of those happy customers. I would have bought the damn company had I known they were selling out. Sprint says they are getting the towers from USC so I was thinking that this would be the best option. Now I am not so sure. My guess is that all the carriers cannot keep up with the huge number of smart phones hitting the US. They were caught with their towers down and now customers are paying. I don't know how USC remained so good for so long but now that is is "So Long USC', It sucks to think about and can only hope that Sprint does what they promise they will do. Improve greatly with the USC purchase.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Crain | Oak, Evanston, IL 60202 |

Constant dropped calls and missed calls. Haven't had full bars ever since moving to Evanston a few weeks ago. Works fine in Chicago. In Evanston, I'm surprised when I occasionally get 3 bars for a few seconds. Planning to switch, but it looks like all the major companies have bad coverage in Evanston.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 2512 Park Pl, Evanston, IL 60201 |

Cannot use the internet or get e-mails on my phone at home. Sending messages is very slow and often they do not go thru. If this continues I will switch carrier.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Central and McDaniel, Evanston, IL 60201 |

Our AT&T service in north Evanston is very poor, often have to restart my phone to send a text message after it fails to send the first time. The only place to get service on my property is to walk out onto the back porch. We complained several times to AT&T and they tried to sell us a $100 booster that would supposedly make the signal stronger. What a joke. Why should I have to buy something to make it possible to use the services I already pay for?

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Noyes and Ewing, Evanston, IL 60201 |

Reception is very poor inside the house and only fair outdoors.

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AT&T

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Asbury | Greenleaf, Evanston, IL 60202 |

AT&T coverage in Evanston is terrible, has been for a long time. I formerly lived in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago and could talk freely on my cell phone (was then using a Go Phone) throughout my apartment. Here in Evanston (with the Go Phone and now the iPhone 4) I can usually get the call and talk for about 60 seconds, then the other person can no longer hear me and the only way to continue the conversation is to call back on a land line. At this site I've just seen where the towers are, they're west and northwest of me, which explains why my best luck holding onto a call is on my back porch on the west end of the apartment, as long as I continue walking in a circle and don't ever stand still for long (!). In cold weather that doesn't work very well. AT&T's own map says we've got best coverage in this area, ha ha, best in comparison with the middle of the Pacific Ocean perhaps. It's very shocking to me that coverage is so bad in a good-sized city (100,000) with a prestigious university nearby (Northwestern).

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Verizon

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Hinman | Kedzie, Evanston, IL 60202 |

Perfect reception outside and in my hallway (even in my parking garage!) but the second I step into my apartment I am lucky to get one bar. Wi-fi / 3G work perfectly everywhere. I mainly use my AT&T work phone in my apartment but would never consider switching my personal phone.

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AT&T

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Brummel and Dewey | Howard and Dodge, Evanston, IL 60202 |

AT&T service has beyond sucked since the day we went to them from T-Mobile. I have called and complained so much and received several hundred dollars in credits but truthfully i'm tired of having to call and tired of credits. Give me service that works please. I'm actually considering paying over 400 to break my contract with AT&T so I can get better service. I have to go outside of my home to make phone calls... What a joke! our monthly service runs about 240.00 / month for three lines each with data and we can't make or receive calls from our home without them dropping...

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL 60202 |

I get better reception in Beijing, China than Evanston, Illinois with AT&T. Really! T-Mobile fantastic, AT&T horrible.

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Isabella and Ashland, Evanston, IL 60201 |

Get no to intermittent reception, chronic dropped calls. No reception in our second-floor condo, no reception from Ryan Field to Linden "El," dropped calls on Central St. Completely unreliable. Called tech support and were told that we should be getting service. Called a second time and were told that one of their towers is down (as of May) and that it will be repaired in December. We were told we could purchase a signal booster and pay a monthly fee to maintain it. Why can't we get that for free? "We cannot offer complimentary signal boosters because they are in such high demand from our customers." Despite the competitive pricing, I would rather pay more for service that works than the amount that we pay Sprint for a smartphone that is useless for anything but texting.

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AT&T

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Sherman Ave. | Emerson St., Evanston, IL 60201 |

Outdoors I mostly get 5 bars. Indoors, however, differs greatly. Mostly get at least one bar. Had no dropped calls. However, 3G speed fluctuates. I'm happy with AT&T.

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AT&T

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | LaSalle | Financial, Evanston, IL 60202 |

I get 1 bar in my second story Evanston condo and nothing but static, dropped calls at home. Work on 35th floor in Loop and No 3G or Edge service, I do get a o though. I also do not recieve calls when I'm downtown and texts are hours late. Bye Bye At&t

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AT&T

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | 2200 Campus Dr., Evanston, IL 60201 |

Reception in Northwestern's Pancoe building is very bad. Occasionally by the window I can get signal long enough to be alerted of a voicemail / textmessage. Outside of the building it picks up signal, but dropped calls are very common.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Greenleaf | Ashland, Evanston, IL 60202 |

last 6 mos. dropped calls, e-mail not checked for hours... I use this phone for business, I'm dropping Verizon after 12 years.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Ridge Ave. | Dempster, Evanston, IL 60202 |

OK reception outside. No reception in my house. Glad I still have a landline.

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AT&T

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Northwestern University | 2324 Campus Dr., Evanston, IL 60201 |

AT&T has NO SIGNAL, 2000 new students, their parents and friends can't get cellphone signals from AT&T. They will switch to other carrier if signal is NOT improved around the Northwestern University.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Ridge and Foster, Evanston, IL 60201 |

I use my iPhone as my home phone and in the past it was good to perfect. Phone reception has been steadily declining and in the past week I often have no reception in my apartment except in the kitchen where there is only one bar. It never used to be like this. I am thinking of ditching this phone because it's so unreliable. No point having an iPhone if the stinking thing doesn't work.

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AT&T

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Tech Building, Northwestern U. | Sheridan and Noyes, Evanston, IL 60208 |

My friends hate me. I moved to NU a couple months ago, and I keep trying to call them, wandering around outside the building hoping for a fractional bar, bumping into other iPhone users. I sometimes get enough reception if I stand near the library facing East, but not West - but then I nod or a car drives by or a plane flies overhead and my call gets dropped and I have to call my irritated friends back. Again. And that's OUTside! I think I get negative reception inside, like I'm somehow subsidizing my colleagues' Sprint and Verizon reception. I've been making feeble attempts to call people on my drive home (using the iPhone earbuds / mic). Heading West, I've gotten dropped at Golf / McCormick and three other spots before Waukegan Rd. If I ever hope to talk to anyone, I'm going to have to drive home through more Northern suburbs, and isn't that stupid? Yep, I've got an iPhone in Chicago - I'm all dressed up and nowhere to go!

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Wesley Ave. | Demster, Evanston, IL 60202 |

There is little to no reception here. Calls coming in go directly to voice mail and calls going out fail. Texting output is delayed for up to five min. AT&T cannot or will not do anything about it. Does anyone know a better coverage by any other carrier. for this area?

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