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Columbia, SC Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


Rating
1. T-Mobile 2.9 star rating (2.9 stars | 8 Reviews)
2. Verizon 2.2 star rating (2.2 stars | 15 Reviews)
3. AT&T 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 12 Reviews)
4. Sprint 0.9 star rating (0.9 stars | 10 Reviews)

Total Coverage 2.1 star rating (2.1 stars | 56 Reviews)
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T-Mobile

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | North East Columbia | Hardscrabble Rd., Columbia, SC 29229 |

The reception is very spotty in the NE of Cola. It can go from full bars to no service just by turning down a street. I have multiple problems trying to get service inside my house even though T-mobile's coverage maps says it's "satisfactory", a rep told me that satisfactory service on the coverage map is actually "challenging". I think they may have antennas on two towers out here. One is near Hardscrabble and Clemson. The other is somewhere in the lake carolina area. Verizon on the other hand has a whopping tower on Lee Road.

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T-Mobile

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | State House, Columbia, SC 29201 |

T-Mobile is most certainly offering better data service in this area than Verizon. T-Mobile's HSPA+ blows Verizon's LTE out of the water. Verizon LTE is averaging 6-8Mbps, while T-Mobile HSPA+ (not even LTE) is averaging 11-15Mbps. [Tests were performed with a Motorola G (t-mobile) and a Motorola X (verizon)]. Why pay 20% more for geographic coverage you use 0.1% of the time--especially when it's slower? For a family of 4, is it worth the extra $500-$1000 a year to have great service on your Labor Day weekend camping trip?

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T-Mobile

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Columbia, SC, Columbia, SC 29229 |

Great and very fast 4G LTE service. Have ran speedtests and the 4G LTE is much faster it seems than ATT or Verizon.

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Verizon

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Dutch Square, Columbia, SC 29210 |

Have had Verizon for over 10 years. Their pricing is ridiculous but I have stayed with them because the service is fantastic everywhere I have been: Northern Wisconsin, (lower) UP, Chicago, Indiana, Atlanta, and Columbia, SC. My current service is still great. Unfortunately I can no longer afford such high pricing and will probably switch carriers within the next few months.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Columbia, SC 29201, Columbia, SC 29201 |

I have always had spotty reception at home but in the last 2 months its gotten twice as bad. Most of my texts want go through even with 3 bars. I have been with Sprint for 10 years, its time to move on.

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Main St. | Columbia College Dr., Columbia, SC 29203 |

sprint has sucked, and continues to suck a big one. dropping calls, dropping my service provider. The grass has to be greener, there is no grass on sprint... .

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Rosewood Rd. | S. Ott, Columbia, SC 29205 |

I have been living in the same house for almost three years with great reception. Recently, I have been getting poor receptions. My phone works fine everywhere else in Columbia. AT&T has been giving me the run around about this issue.

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T-Mobile

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Forest Dr. | Beltline Blvrd, Columbia, SC 29204 |

Good Coverage here in Forest Acres. Cant wait until the refarm hits so I wont drop to 2G that much. Call quality is great, but I have to use wifi calling in my apartment because building penetration isn't as strong. Overall good value for your money. Cant wait until Columbia area get LTE.

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Bush River Rd, I-20 and I26 Exit, Columbia, SC 292 | Dutch Square Mall, Broad River Rd. Area, Columbia, SC 29210 |

3G data service very rarely works inside my home and outside. It is a scam to offer unlimited data when I cannot access the internet unless I am using my TWC internet service via router / wifi. Very unhappy with Sprint.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Broad Riverrd / st Andrews Rd. | I-20 and I26exit, Columbia, SC 29210 |

this is a major res and buss area..and I cant get on 3g nor voice after 4 mos of yelling at them they said we will send you a airrave unit which boost your 3g and voice up to 5,000sq ft and can connect up to 6 devices heres the bad to make the unit work hell once I leave my house I have NO SERVICE for till I get to the end of my road which is a mile..now in a 20 mile in any way direction it goes in and out with no bars 1 bar it sucks..i have hears some many ex from sprint..i am changing my carrier the f -up thing is I have 3 high dollar cellphones that now I cant use..I AM DONE WITH SPRINT> NGG COLUMBIA SC

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Sprint

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Columbia, Columbia, SC 29212 |

Reception is usually good but there are place I have to go outside the house to get reception; others(for example a T-mobile)do not have to do the same.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Cedar Terrace | Norris St., Columbia, SC 29209 |

No reception indoors. One or two bars outside. Closer to the entrance of the neighborhood the reception is better.

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Forum Dr. | Two Notch Rd., Columbia, SC 29229 |

daily from 1pm - 9 pm I cannot makeor receive calls 9 out of 10 times. Every now and then I will get lucky. Internet, forget about that because it will not load. Sprint in this area is horrible and they will do nothing to help when we complain.

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Verizon

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Trenholm Rd.Area, Columbia, SC 29206 |

Have had Verizon Wireless for 10+ years with no problems. Calls are clear and internet apps work well whether at home or traveling around the US. Only glitch is that sometimes texts and messages are delayed when I travel.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Summit Community | Summit Pkwy., Columbia, SC 29229 |

1 to 3 bars. Even with 3 bars the conversation breaks up. Have had this problem for over two years, Verizon was able to improve situation from poor to average, but is now back to poor. Verizon admits the Summit is in a problem area.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Summit Community | Summit Pkwy., Columbia, SC 29229 |

1 to 3 bars. Even with 3 bars the conversation breaks up. Have had this problem for over two years, Verizon was able to improve situation from poor to average, but is now back to poor.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Lake Carolina Blvd., Columbia, SC 29229 |

Sprint's "mobile broadband" has 1 bar sometimes and often none. Good thing I'm at the end of my contract because it's very frustrating. Same thing happens with the Sprint cellphone. Fortunately the iPhone on AT&T does much better. Wish we'd known earlier this was considered a problem area.

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Verizon

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | The Summit, Columbia, SC 29229 |

3 bars max. Generally 1-2. Callers often cannot hear me and I cannot hear them or they sound "choppy" (I hear about every forth or fifth syllable). Coverage is no better outside my house or in other areas in the community. Verizon says The Summit and Lake Carolina are in a "weak area". But, the coverage used to be better. Verizon store programmed "different towers" into the phone, but the operation did not improve. Looking now for a different carrier.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Rusting Oak Dr., Columbia SC, Columbia, SC 29209 |

I can get reception but can only talk for 30 seconds at a time before the call is dropped and after the call is dropped I get no service at all for up about two minutes. I been told that it not AT&T network but the iphone was made to be use in a city setting and not in the suburbs. Also the 3G on this this phone is spotty and there time when I get no 3G service all, this can last for 15 to 30 minutes at a time.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Harbison | St. Andrews, Columbia, SC 29212 |

I have a weak signal outside my home and no signal in my house. I miss dozens of calls due to this and they said when I called them that my phone is reading off of someone else's tower and there is no fix for this. They said it "is a good thing you don't have to pay for roaming because we have no towers in your area. You are running off of others' towers." So I shouldn't even have a signal but I my phone mooches off other towers. I've been with them for 10 years and can't wait any longer for signal.

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