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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) | Bee Caves Rd., Austin, TX 78733 |

I switched from Sprint to Cingular because they claim to have the best reception, but man was that wrong. This thing is horrible. It drops consistently around my house, and driving on Bee Caves, even "inside 360", is a joke. Sprint may have dropped more calls, but at least when you were connected the reception was good. Now I guess I'll try Verizon.

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Virgin Mobile

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | US Hwy. 290 West | Old Fredericksburg Rd., Austin, TX 78749 |

I also have Virgin Mobile service (for 2 years now) and usually get 4 or 5 bars nearly always. My only complaint is with the Audiovox 8500 as the sound quality isn't always up to par (sometimes tinny sounding). I do hit dead spots along 290 when I drive out to Wimberley and some as well on RR 12 but good service in Wimberley proper.

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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | US Hwy. 290 West | Old Fredericksburg Rd., Austin, TX 78749 |

I use Cingular KIC (prepaid) with their cheapo Sony Ericsson T237 phone (their giveaway phone on postpaid plans) and surprisingly, I get good reception both indoors and outdoors (minimum 4 bars always) and the sound quality is also surprisingly quite good. No dropped calls yet either. I am close to the Y in Oak Hill and was leery about service in this area but so far I've no complaints.

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AT&T Wireless (TDMA)

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Mesa | Steck, Austin, TX 78759 |

Have been with AT&T for 3 or 4 years and never had any problems. Use phone as primary phone at home as well. Since the merger between AT&T and Cingular, I drop calls constantly. I can watch my bars go up and down while sitting in one spot. It is very frustrating... I hate my service! I wish I could have the old AT&T back! Now I will have to look for a new provider because I cannot handle having to call someone back 3 times just for a 5 minute conversation.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | All Over | Austin, Austin, TX 78733 |

Can not use from my home off Bee Caves road 5miles west of 360. Cannot use on Hamilton Pool road. Can not use at my work place at Palmer one mile east of IH35. 100% reliably drops calls in "Death Valley" (Bee Caves and 360). Inconsistent call quality, drops calls frequently, almost everywher else. When I first called Customer service to see if the phone was defective I was told that Austin was a "weak coverage area" and that I should not expect any different (better) Customer experience. This contradicted what the Cingular salesman stated.

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3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | North Austin, Austin, TX 78758 |

Coverage seems good, and I've never failed to get a strong signal except in areas when no one (including Sprint users) could get a signal. The reception during a call will often drop to blank space, so it is difficult to tell if the person you're talking to just paused or it was dropped, until you both realize you can't communicate. Often my phone will not ring, and I won't notice until I get the "missed call" message directly afterwards. When it works, it is fine, and the sound is clear. My calls to customer service over various problems has been frustrating, rude, and insulting on *every* instance.

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5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Downtown, Austin, TX 78701 |

Bar hopping on 6th and the phone works great. (perfect for my drunk dialing)

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5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | The Riata, Austin, TX 78727 |

Perfect service at the Riata on 183 and Oak Knoll. Had t-mobile; did not work there.

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AT&T Wireless (TDMA)

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Great Hills Trail | 183, Austin, TX 78759 |

I am unable to make calls to my phone in the area. I am thinking of switching from AT&T to Verizon or tmobile. ATT Cingular merger seemed to have messed up their network.

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0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Manchaca | Davis Lane, Austin, TX 78748 |

When there is reception, the calls are frequently dropped. Reception in our home is spotty, at best.

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