Charlottesville, VA Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


Rating
1. Verizon 2.7 star rating (2.7 stars | 16 Reviews)
2. Sprint 1.9 star rating (1.9 stars | 16 Reviews)
3. AT&T 1.5 star rating (1.5 stars | 19 Reviews)
4. T-Mobile 1.5 star rating (1.5 stars | 22 Reviews)

Total Coverage 2.1 star rating (2.1 stars | 90 Reviews)
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T-Mobile

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Meade | Market, Charlottesville, VA 22902 |

Anyone notice a trend here ? All networks have coverage issues. I have been a cell phone administrator for a large compay with over 400 cell phones. They utilized Verizon. I have had plans with sprint,att and now tmobile. Verizon probably does have the best network, but there must be a great deal of 40+ year olds writing these reviews that are expecting their cell network to work like their landline phones. Bottom line, everyone hates their network,they switch and then they hate that one too. That being said, T-Mobile is just average but definitely the worst. Just like the rest of them... .

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Rolkin Rd.& Rt250, Charlottesville, VA 22911 |

Do not use Verizon if you live near Pantops. I have experienced so many dropped calls that it is impossible to hold a conversation with anyone. Verizon rep first told me that I could drop my contract with no charge if they could not fix it and after 6 months of calls and promises and no response from Verizon, I was told I would be charged $210 for a contract cancellation or I could pay $249 for a booster. Great business minds to lose a customer worth thousands of dollars in continuing contracts over refusal to pay $249 for a booster. Goodbye Verizon... more $ than brains!

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T-Mobile

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Emmet St. | McCormick, Charlottesville, VA 22903 |

Absolutely awful. Should never has switched from my previous carrier.

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AT&T

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Downtown Charlottesvilles, Charlottesville, VA 22902 |

Usually have full bars all around town, seldom 2-3 bars driving outside the city and out to Crozet. No reception to 1 or 2 bars near Blue Mountain Brewery. Seldom drops calls, great data speed and call quality. Very happy with AT&T.

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T-Mobile

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Around Charlottesville, Charlottesville, VA 22903 |

While there are lots of low or no signal spots around town, they seem to be pretty small and fairly isolated. Coverage is generally fine. The biggest issue (poor indoor reception) seems to have been resolved recently, as my phone now hops onto the AT&T network when it looses the T-Mobile signal indoors. Only remaining issue is that, despite (supposedly) running on a HSPA+42 network, data speeds are painfully slow.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 240, Crozet, Charlottesville, VA 22901 |

Terrible reception, calls drop regularly all along 250 from Crozet to Charlottesville. Regularly dies 250 in Ivy.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 850 Charter Oaks Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22901 |

Sprint is and has had horrible reception here. I travel and am satisfied with coverage elsewhere, but at home I have to have a conversation on my front lawn.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | UVA, Charlottesville, VA 22904 |

I can't send texts and my call quality is horrible. Don't go with Sprint, I'm looking to switch carriers but it looks like there's no good cell service in the area from any carrier /

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AT&T

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Corner of 20 North and Fontana Dr. (Pantops), Charlottesville, VA 22911 |

Strong, consistent signal here at my home. Some spotty areas in and around Charlottesville but mostly good.

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T-Mobile

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Rt. 20 South | Red Hill Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903 |

First, Don't go with T-Mobile if you are in an area (like 20 South) where you need it to work with AT&T GSM signals. (I was assured by TM sales that it would work -- it doesn't. I've tested it standing right under the AT&T towers... . Technical support and customer service with T-Mobile have been MISERABLE. They're promised us for two weeks this would be resolved -- but it has NOT... . outrageously POOR service. We called or e-chatted with 9 different representatives, for HOURS -- to no avail.) BTW, comments here are pathetically out of date on AT&T. AT&T now has decent coverage all the way south on Rte 20 from Charlottesville towards Scottsville (only carrier to do so) (and even Wal-Mart Smart-talk phones pick up the AT&T signals, if you're careful to get the GSM phones. Alas, not for T-Mobile, as AT&T and T-M are apparently not "partnering" well) Last thing, the reason I went with T-Mobile was the wonderful WiFi calling feature -- great for here at the house. Would have been terrific, but for the lack of T-Mobile working on the AT&T towers. (as we'd been promised)

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Sprint

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Profitt Rd. | Rt 29 North, Charlottesville, VA 22911 |

Sprint needs a tower near the Charlottesville Airport... reception in this area is spotty at best... we have to rely more on texting than voice...

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | PVCC Area, Charlottesville, VA 22902 |

AT&T's coverage map showed next to highest coverage at my home address and we got our phones home and had almost no coverage (spotty / dropped calls at best) in our home. So we went back and AT&T sold us a Micro cell claiming it would act as our own personal cell tower. This did not work consistently either. I do not recommend AT&T if you will be on Hwy. 20 (headed towards Scottsville) as service is unreliable at best.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Georgetown Rd. | Barracks Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22901 |

Barely any reception most time, I get comments from people all the time that they were unable to get through to me. I live in a 2 story townhouse and getting reception on the 1st floor is impossible and I have to resort to keeping my phone on the 2nd story to get 2 bars of signal if that at all and hope I hear it when it goes off. I got AT&T when I was in NJ and PA but now it looks like I have no option but to switch to something else or contend with not being able to receive calls at all and since I don't have a house home that's not an option. AT&T needs to pick up their game in C'ville.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Yellowstone Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22903 |

bad reception, also in walmart charlottesville, there is NO reception

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | JPA, Charlottesville, VA 22903 |

I am extremely disappointed in this service. I have almost no coverage where I live. It seems to come and go randomly. I would never take ATT again.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Stony Point Rd. | Proffit Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22911 |

stony point road, eastern proffit road are generally poor

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Verizon

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Pantops VZW Store, Charlottesville, VA 22911 |

Performance and reception are both very "meh." I don't usually experience dropped calls or texts unless I'm inside a building prone to interference and attenuation (*cough* GE). Data connection is a different story. The fact that an area with a major university and billed as a top place to live doesn't have 4G is downright embarrassing. Hell we barely have 3G here most of the time with speeds well under 1Mbit. When I go jogging around the neighborhoods around 29 and 250 my streaming music will struggle and hiccup. I had better speeds on a mountain (with a 4G connection to boot). I'm sure the wildlife and vegetation appreciates being able to "rule the air".

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Verizon

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | UVA Medical School, Charlottesville, VA 22903 |

I didn't have problems with my Verizon service in Charlottesville until 2 months ago. I can barely get a text message out let alone make a phone call that doesn't drop. I don't know what changed but I've been out of Charlottesville with this same phone in that time frame without any problems. I got better cell service with it in Belize than I do here.

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Verizon

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Blenheim Rd. | Payne's Lane, Charlottesville, VA 22902 |

Cellular reception is generally adequate, but can be spotty. Data (3G) reception is poor. It is not uncommon to have good reception in a spot for minutes at a time, and it just go away. It is not uncommon for two different phones (HTC and iPhone) on the same carrier to be side by side and one have reception and the other not.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 14th St. NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903 |

I barely have service anywhere in Charlottesville. Tmobile's coverage maps say I have excellent service in my apartment on 14th street, however I hardly have one bar and my calls are dropped all the time. I cant talk inside and have to go on the porch to talk on the phone. I still get dropped calls there too. Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to send one text when I am inside. Having dropped calls is a daily occurrence for me. It will say I have 4 bars when I am walking down the street and it will drop my call. If you go anywhere outside of Charlottesville, ie Crozet or Mineral, your coverage is 0. As for the rest of uva, it is rare when I do have service inside a building. T-Mobile is the worst. First year, I had to talk outside in the rain with an umbrella since I had no reception in my dorm.

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