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1. Verizon 1.9 star rating (1.9 stars | 76 Reviews)
2. T-Mobile 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 122 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.4 star rating (1.4 stars | 138 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.3 star rating (1.3 stars | 223 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.6 star rating (1.6 stars | 612 Reviews)
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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Enfield Past Mopac, Austin, TX 78703 |

Abysmal. When I'm at home and my phone's in my pants, forget about it. When it's sitting on the coffee table, I will still commonly have calls dropped altogether. Like another poster mentioned, I can stand in one spot and watch my reception go from 5 bars to none, within a few seconds. Sometimes I'll place a call, even when I have decent reception, and the call will just cut out as soon as I make it, with no warning or error message or anything; I just look down at the phone and it's at the menu screen. This is probably partially a problem with the phone software, but I think it has more to do with the awful network. Also have absolutely zero reception within my office at 78723 (NE Austin). Unfortunately I've got another year and a half left on this contract... . but fortunately I'll be in DC for most of it, where reception is okay.

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Red River | 32nd, Austin, TX 78705 |

My phone always has 5 bars but that means NOTHING! When I am trying to listen, every other sentence is too garbled to understand (incoming) so I always have to say "say it again" or "no clue what you just said". VERY VERY VERY frustrating. Not too many dropped calls though; only about 1 in 6. (but then again sometimes I can't make the call in the first place) Cingular claimed the phone was bluetooth too... its not... it just has the ability to use about 1 out of 8 headsets... LAME

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Davis | MoPac, Austin, TX 78749 |

To get two bars of reception at home, I must go outside and face due South, or go upstairs to the Southeast corner of my son's bedroom. Otherwise, I get no reception. Glad to hear my home is not the only black hole in our area.

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Escarpment | Ridge Oak, Austin, TX 78749 |

There are only a couple of spots inside the house where the phone will work... upstairs only. Even so, calls will occasionally get dropped. The worst is when someone calls me, I have to run upstairs with the phone before I answer. Forget camera phones and all that other crap... just make a phone that works for its intended purpose!

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Berkman | 51st St., Austin, TX 78723 |

I have to stay very still out in the middle of the street to use my phone - it's very frustrating - as I hold my breath waiting for the call to drop - tenses my neck up. One note: my wife has an older model phone(samsung dual-band tri mode SPHA660) with the typical type of external retractable antennae - and hers gets reasonable reception. vs. my phone (LG I think) with a smooth outside, no antennae that sticks up. I don't have it with me right now or would post the model. This proves one thing in fringe reception areas, the phone you choose can matter. Anywhere else in Austin, my phone works great.

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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Lakeway, Austin, TX 78734 |

Great reception. I do get dropped near the Elementary School on 620 on the car. Dumped Sprint on a Treo 600 for bad reception, no signal sometimes. Sprint customer service doesn't care anymore. They would rather argue than listen. I have only called T-Mobile once and they were fantastic.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | McNiel | Parmer Ln., Austin, TX 78727 |

The signal strength bars cycle through no service to good service. However, I get messages saying the phone is looking for service when good signal strength shows. This happens often and every few seconds causing difficulties in dialing numbers and talking on the phone. I get a lot of dropped calls almost anywhere in Austin. Sprint says that they don't have problems like this, but cannot find anything wrong with my phone. I've seen this with two phones now.

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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | West Lake Hills | Red Bud Trail, Austin, TX 78746 |

We live on Red Bud Trail about a mile up from West Lake Dr.and consistently have 4 or 5 Bars... . I do lose my signal on West Lake Dr.from time to time in between Red Bud and Bee Caves Road. And I always lose it on Red Bud Trail winding along the rim of the canyon. Otherwise, I have great coverage in this part of town.

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0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | 620 Below Mansfield Dam, Austin, TX 78732 |

Although I have to give Cingular web "chat" customer service and later, 800 number help, the reception is non-existent at my home. Admittedly, I am in a depression near lake Austin below Mansfield Dam. There is a tower fairly close, but there is no "line of sight" to my home. I asked Cingular if I could use a "loaner" phone to see if my LG just wasn't good enough in a weak signal area, but they said "no". So I'm looking for another carrier. Does anybody know what carrier(s) are on the large tower right at the dam? thanks

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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Research 183 | Lake Creek Pkwy., Austin, TX 78729 |

Inside my apartment, I get 3 bars on 3G and a full 5 bars on "E" The only time reception sucks is during a thunderstorm "duh"

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