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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 | 221 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.6 star rating (1.6 stars | 610 Reviews)
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T-Mobile

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Metric | Howard, Austin, TX 78727 |

After finally getting fed up with lousy reception at both my home and office, I decided to try T-Mobile. After signing up for a trial with T-Mobile I decided to place a call from the AT&T GSM phone and the T-Mobile GSM phone -- both while sitting on my couch in my living room. I called my home land line and left a voice message from each. The T-Mobile line was not perfect. I still sounded like I was on a mobile phone and not a land line, but there was no noise and the call was clear and understandable. To my dismay, the call placed from the AT&T phone was about 95% static with not a single word that was understandable. It sounded as if I had just dialed the phone and held it out the window while doing about 80 MPH on the freeway in the middle of a torrential downpour. Now I know why my friends kept complaining. The reception was noisy, but comprehehsible on my end, but I feel bad now that that's what they've been hearing every time they call my mobile number while I'm at home. Though AT&T has always taken care of any issues and I've had no problems in the past, it looks as if I'll be switching to T-Mobile. I'm giving AT&T one last chance next week and trying an upgrade on my phone to make sure my it's their towers and not just my phone. If a new Nokia phone (the brand with the best reception as a general rule of thumb) doesn't take care of the AT&T signal issue, then I'll be making the switch to T-Mobile permanent once my two week trial period is finished. For what it's worth, my wife's AT&T TDMA phone (Nokia) gets great reception in our house (and most everywhere we ever go), but my AT&T GSM phone (discussed above) basically does not work (at least not for conversing) at my house or my office.

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AT&T Wireless (GSM)

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Metric | Howard, Austin, TX 78727 |

After finally getting fed up with lousy reception at both my home and office, I decided to try T-Mobile. After signing up for a trial with T-Mobile I decided to place a call from the AT&T phone and the T-Mobile phone both while sitting on my couhc in my living room. I called my home land line and left a voice message from each. The T-Mobile line was not perfect. I still sounded like I was on a mobile phone and not a land line, but there was no noise and the call was clear and understandable. To my dismay, the call placed from the AT&T phone was about 95% static with not a single word that was understandable. It sounded as if I had just dialed the phone and held it out the window while doing about 80 MPH on the freeway in the middle of a torrential downpour. Now I know why my friends kept complaining. The reception was noisy, but comprehehsible on my end, but I feel bad now that that's what they've been hearing every time they call my mobile number while I'm at home. Though AT&T has always taken care of any issues and I've had no problems in the past, it looks as if I'll be switching to T-Mobile. I'm giving AT&T one last chance next week and trying an upgrade on my phone to make sure my it's their towers and not just my phone. If a new Nokia phone (the brand with the best reception as a general rule of thumb) doesn't take care of the AT&T signal issue, then I'll be making the switch to T-Mobile permanent once my two week trial period is finished. For what it's worth, my wife's AT&T TDMA phone (Nokia) gets great reception in our house, but my AT&T GSM phone (discussed above) basically does not work (at least not for conversing) at my house or my office.

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T-Mobile

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Austin | Far West and Wood Hollow, Austin, TX 78731 |

Just got T-Mobile. Only 1-2 bar in my apt but still able to talk. It's really weird coz with only 1-2 bar, I can still talk clearly. It's even weirder to talk with no bar. I really don't understand. Occassional cut offs, more so than my old AT&T TDMA Motorola V60i. Not sure if it's because of an external vs internal antenna issue or the service provider (AT&T vs. T-mobile). The quality of sound is good for the most part. But on both sides of the conversation, we all sound like we're talking in a big hall (no echoes, just sounds like we talk in a big room). Again, not sure if it is a phone issue or a service provider issue.

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AT&T Wireless (TDMA)

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Austin | Far West and Wood Hollow, Austin, TX 78731 |

Very good reception in my apt complex, The Ridge. Good Reception most of the time around UT campus. Zero Reception in Dobie Mall Food Court. Some static or cut offs occassionally... quite rare actually.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Dittmar | Congress, Austin, TX 78748 |

Good reception at work (78744) near Burleson and 183, even inside large building. Lousy at home though. Typically 1 bar, but fluctuates between 0 and 3. Dropped calls common, line static always present. Walking 1/4 mile away gives steady 2-3 bars and static disappears, going 1 mile from house gives steady 4-5 bars. Voicestream was even worse than this when I had it. Seriously considering dropping service and going back to land line.

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AT&T Wireless (GSM)

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Anderson Mill | FM 620, Austin, TX 78750 |

AT&T GSM reception is very poor (0-1 bar) around my house. However, if you manually switch the network to Cingular, I get great reception (4-6 bars). Samsung and Motorola phones have this option. I haven't used other brands, but I suspect they do as well. You are technically roaming (my plan includes free roaming). So you don't get to use free mobile-to-mobile minutes (you will use anytime minutes). I normally leave it on Cingular network (it stays on the manually selected network until you manually change it or go to automatic mode). Sometimes, I go back to AT&T network to use free mobile-to-mobile minutes. It can be annoying having to switch back and forth, but it allows me to get good reception in places where I normally go. Not ideal but usuable.

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AT&T Wireless (GSM)

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Manchaca Rd. | Ben White, Austin, TX 78745 |

I just switched from Nextel to AT&T and i am not at all impressed with the quality of reception I am getting out here. This is even supposed to be after cingular and AT&T merged. My phone often drops calls and the signal strength is always going up and down. I was going to try and get a different phone but I think I am going to try and get a loaner from Verizon and see what happens. It is important to me to have good reception because I use it as my primary phone. If you live off of Manchaca and Ben White I suggest you stay away from AT&T - wait - maybe stay away if you value the quality and ability to make calls on your portable phone (What a concept hey!).

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Wooten, Austin, TX 78757 |

I haven't had many problems with Sprint in Austin until now, but the signal coverage at the house we just moved to is absolutely abysmal. We can't really make any calls from within our house, we don't receive notification of voicemails or other messages, and even if we move outside, the signal only improves marginally with calls getting dropped probably half the time. Of course when I call Sprint they say they will set up a ticket with their network troubleshooters, but other than that, there's nothing they suggest to improve things.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Oltorf | Parker, Austin, TX 78741 |

I have been dreading to make a switch but the service has gotten so bad I just have to be able to actually have any conversations.

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AT&T Wireless (TDMA)

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Jollyville Rd. (Arboretum) | Braker Ln., Austin, TX 78759 |

Absolutely horrible reception in our apartment complex (Hard Rock Canyon). Incoming calls don't ring and holding a conversation with somebody is impossible.

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