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Portland, OR Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


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1. Verizon 2.3 star rating (2.3 stars | 75 Reviews)
2. T-Mobile 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 75 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 53 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 136 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.9 star rating (1.9 stars | 417 Reviews)
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T-Mobile

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | NE Fremont | N Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97212 |

Had to stand outside or in the perfect spot at home in order to make or answer a call. Phone never worked in any basement. Always seemed to have full bars until I hit the talk button. Has major dead zones down NE Ainsworth, between NE Skidmore and Alberta. TMobile said that they had more towers but then started dropping calls down the I5 corridor, at Lloyd Center, at any Target store, and in SW Portland (near PCC Sylvania). Customer service was always very nice (in person and on phone) but the coverage map isn't realistic.

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AT&T

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | NE MLK Blvd. | NE Lombard, Portland, OR 97211 |

Switched to AT&T after many reception problems with TMobile. Now I always have reception at home and in the basement. Also have reception in N. Portland, off of NE 33rd, in Gresham, and Gladstone. No problems near the PCC Sylvania or Rock Creek campus either. Only dead zone so far has been on the way to the beach for about 10-20 min. Sometimes my internet is a little slow to load but my phone has issues and I almost always can make calls when I need to.

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AT&T

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | N. Lombard | Portsmouth, Portland, OR 97203 |

3G, always have great reception, no dropped calls in 7 years at home. Sometimes have lost calls going over West Hills or Germantown Rd.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Berkeley Place | Tacoma, Portland, OR 97202 |

Reception is ok on the street but not in the houses. Signal is sufficient only in northwest corner of house. The hill may be blocking the signal. The power saving mode of the phone may be compounding the problem too. The signal is better if the phone was just turned on, when it runs in high power mode. Later the bars drop so low it won't receive or make calls without turning it off / on or moving to a stronger signal spot. Even turning it off / on doesn't help in the back of the house. Tried using a signal boost repeater, but it didn't seem to help. Also, not knowing the nearest tower location didn't help because I cannot point the repeater's antenna in the proper direction. It would be helpful to have more antenna locations in this data base.

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Cricket

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Canyon Rd. | SW87th, Portland, OR 97225 |

South of Canyon along 87th doesn't get enough of a signal to hold a phone call reliably. Can text and use mobile web slowly. North side of Canyon is fine. Reception isn't an issue elsewhere in the metro area.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | SE 74th and SE Clinton, Portland, OR 97206 |

I get nothing at all in my basement and 1 bar if I'm lucky elsewhere in the house. I make jokes that "the Sprint truck just went to the next block to let them make a call" whenever a call gets dropped - which is very frequent. I sometimes have to go through 4 or more phone calls to get the details back and forth. I get great reception downtown but at my house it is more trouble than it's worth to try to use my phone. I'm seriously thinking about using another provider.

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AT&T

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | SE 34th | SE Clinton, Portland, OR 97202 |

I moved from NW (off 21st) and had no problems with reception to SE (34th and Clinton) and the reception is HORRIBLE. If I'm in my house, I generally can't make it through a call with dropping it multiple times. I called AT&T to complain and all they told me was they can't guarantee service indoors. However, today I was sitting outside on the patio and my call dropped from there as well. A family member told me (after viewing a picture of my house and seeing the electrical lines) that the electrical lines are what is causing the interference with reception. I guess I'll be looking at crappy service until I move.

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T-Mobile

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | SE 28th | Morrison, Portland, OR 97214 |

I get good reception in my new place, which is a MAJOR improvement over my old place in NoPo, where I had to walk down the street to escape the dead zone around me. Pretty consistent 3G coverage too.

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AT&T

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Ne Broadway and 28th, Portland, OR 97212 |

For the last 2 months I've been having terrible outages. Can't receive or make calls or send text messages for several hours. Just turned 3G off and that seemed to help.

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T-Mobile

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Burnside | 20th, Portland, OR 97232 |

Fairly decent here usually - however, NO reception at OHSU / on Marquam Hill.

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