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Bainbridge Island, WA Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


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1. AT&T 2.8 star rating (2.8 stars | 4 Reviews)
2. Verizon 1.5 star rating (1.5 stars | 17 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.3 star rating (1.3 stars | 4 Reviews)
4. T-Mobile 0.3 star rating (0.3 stars | 4 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.5 star rating (1.5 stars | 29 Reviews)
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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Oddfellows and Blakely, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

My sister and I are TRYING to figure out which cell provider to switch to or continue with based on service and affordability. Currently, we use Sprint. This week, I am house sitting and I'm lucky to have 1 out 5 bars inside and I can get 3 bars outside but I'll completely lose the whole signal in the blink of an eye. Call quality (IF the call even comes in) is horrible and the few I've received and / or made have dropped at least twice. I switched to texting everyone of my personal contacts but that doesn't help when I'm trying to make a doctors appt or talk to someone at the bank. Texts take time to send as well. I'm using their wifi so data hasn't been too bad. I live in the Bill Point community and I've been "surviving" with Sprint there. The service is better there than here for sure. But, that's obviously not saying much. My sister and I both have Sprint. Separate accounts. She has a Galaxy something, top of the line and I have the iPhone 4. We literally sit on opposite sides of a standard size couch and I have a fair signal and she has none. could someone explain dem apples? Unfortunately, I think we BI'ers are just stuck with crappy cell service, regardless of carrier, until someone with some clout forces whomever is in charge of allowing new towers into allowing / begging providers for more towers.

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Springridge | Fletcher Bay, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

Fletcher Bay area and the entire west side of Bainbridge Island has very little to no cell coverage. If you are on the water with no tree's or houses in the way might get 4g coverage. But quickly switches back to 2-3 bars of 3g. Needless to say It sucks. They don't seem to care to upgrade their coverage in the area. After numerous calls to tech support and fix it tickets have resulted in worse reception.

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Verizon

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Fort Ward | Belfair Ave., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

used to have t mobile with just fair reception and now have Verizon which is great throughout the neighborhood. does anyone have Sprint in fort ward and how is it?

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Verizon

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | High School RD NE | Madison Ave.N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

My wife gets one bar on her iPhone inside. I have no reception on my HTC Incredible inside, one bar outside.

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Verizon

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Grow Ave. N. W. | High School Rd., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

I cannot use my phone here and no data use either drops calls all the time

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Madison | High School Rd., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

We just moved to Winslow in March, horrible reception on Verizon phones. At first I thought it was just my building, and Verizon kept telling me I would have to buy a network extender. But I have had dropped calls down on Wyatt, at Strawberry Hill Park, Safeway, the Library. I'm so tired of this, now I'm waiting for them to submit a support ticket to see if there is anything they can do to improve service. I just want to move on!

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Battle Point Dr. | North Tolo, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

When I switched from AT&T to Verizon a couple years ago I couldn't get a signal at home and Verizon refunded all my money and ported my number back to AT&T. Luckily AT&T put in a tower at Battle Point Park. In December I switched back to Verizon because AT&T only had one high end Android phone and they wanted over $1,000 more over the term of the contract for four smartphones with data plans. Now I get a weak signal for both phone and data. My daughter has a HTC Incredible and gets a little better reception. Apparently Verizon is applying for a tower location at the high school. I wrote to the city council and asked them to force the cellular providers to share towers that way we'll get better coverage and the companies will have to compete on service... a novel idea!

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Old Mill | New Sweden, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

I have lived in two locations on the South end of the island and had very bad cell reception! Very few towers down here!

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AT&T

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Wallace Way, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

Have had ATT for four years and only on road to the coast have I not been able to connect.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | NE Baker Hill Rd. | Lynnwood Ctr, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

I moved here from Poulsbo. Hundreds of dropped calls later, I called Verizon and complained. Their standard response was, "why haven't you called before?". I told them to take a look at my record for the dropped calls from the time I moved to the new address. They agreed that they could definitely see the problem. They said that I was in a 'marginal' area. They are having a problem getting the go ahead to erect sufficient towers in this area. I was finally able to get a refund for the 3 months of basic service and waive the termination fee. Switched to AT&T after inquiring about their signal strength at my SPECIFIC address. They had told me that I would have terrific signal strength. Returned home and was unable to even download my free ring tone. Called them and spoke to tech support. They pulled up my SPECIFIC address and told me that there was terrific signal strength 500 feet away -all around me, but that where my house is located... .. slim to none. Told them that I had asked about the SPECIFIC address before I switched, and that I was very unhappy about the mis-representation. They agreed to drop the contract (no early termination fee if I could find another carrier).

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

I barely get one bar inside my house. But when I cross the bridge (Agate Pass) into Suquamish / Poulsbo area, the bars shoot up to full.

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Verizon

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | High School Rd. | Lovell, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

No signal at home on either of our Verizon phones. Despite a month of BS stories -- like "we'll have a new tower up and operating real near your house in just a few days," Verizon plans to have a tech come out and verify that we have no signal. They say that "we've had no complaints about service on Bainbridge." Like, helloooo!

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Verizon

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | High School Rd. | Lovell, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

No signal at home on either of our Verizon phones. Despite a month of BS stories -- like "we'll have a new tower up and operating real near your house in just a few days," Verizon plans to have a tech come out and verify that we have no signal. They say that "we've had no complaints about service on Bainbridge."

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AT&T

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Hidden Cove, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

I want to get a new Apple phone and understand that you have to use AT&T service. Does anyone have any experience with this carrier on Bainbridge Island? Do you know if the 3G feature will help reception? Thanks

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Verizon

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | South Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

I read hundreds of reviews on dozens of sites from tech to blog and compared what friends were getting and I think I have learned a few basic conclusions which no one addresses with any authority in any site I have found so far: First, for reception, which is not a function of your phone's output power: Each service provider's service footprint or coverage area emanates from a tower with a radiowave coverage which is not a perfect circle even in flat terrain. Reception is a function of where your phone / pda is relative to that provider's own or shared / leased towers, where you are in the waveform path; whether there is any interference from physical effects like blocking and reflecting and multipath effects of receiving a signal directly and via a reflection which could make the signal twice as strong or zero. It also seems that during peak periods of use, the output power per incoming call may be affected adversely perhaps with some carriers more than wth others. Peak usage affects available bandwidth and data rates as well, although you might just think it is due to your location, battery strength, orientation of your phone, or some other physical problem and not too many others using the same tower at the same moment. Finally, the manufacturer and model of phone can make a huge difference in reception. I and friends experienced noticeably better signal strength in most difficult reception areas (partially blocked or multi-path over water) using various Motorola phones over Samsung and LG. Verizon, Sprint, and Cingular had less variations when all towers were in sight than the phones themselves and these are all I had access to try. The best performer I found was the Motorola e815 which held good reception under conditions where all others failed... but this was at the expense of battery life which was half the duration advertised. The other side of the coin is how well are you heard at the other end - here it depends on where your phone is in the radiation pattern, whether there is blocking or reflecting, and how strong your phone transmission is... the stronger the better for your listener, but there are growing concerns about safety to your brain and organs and many people are shifting to bluetooth or texting to reduce frequent, strong, and continuous exposure to radation from the phone itself. I have never found any site which could explain why the e815 was so much superior but the halved battery life suggests to me that the phone was sampling multiple tower signals continuously to maintain the optimum signal quality - if this is not what was happening then perhaps it should be and better batteries should be issued as standard. People on the Sound or a lake may experience multipath is worst on calm days when flat water reflects radio waves more coherently between your phone and a tower in your line of sight so both the direct ray and a strong but phase shifted reflected ray arrive simultaneously - you can watch the bars change from 1 or 2 to 5 and back - on rough days the reflected signals are scattered in all directions so the direct path ray arrives with only weak forward reflected energy which causes less interference. Forums such as this really help all of us, but a thought occurred to me while I was surveying for myself: why not interview nearby high shool students who likely use every local carrier and every phone offered by each and they probably use them all over town everyday - I don't have time to develop this test environment but maybe another reader can get something like this started - the resuts would quickly favor the best carrier and the best instruments for that carrier for each city right down to the neighborhood area... Of course I am looking for a phone and not so much an all-in-one mobile email / texting / music / movie / tv / pix / flix / gaming / stylin' device... So now I have concluded that Verizon has the best coverage for me most of the time... BUT their phones are only now becoming balned with the features I need and could use and some of those are locked; they have exhorbitant fees and hidden additional fees for options which should be included; they use double speak and more intent on selling me a clearance phone than a new release which will satisfy my specal requirements; and in that regard, they refuse to let me try more than one or two phones to get one which performs the way I need it to... and I call this "lousy customer service" which is why I dumped Sprint and would never go to ATT / Cingular... so if you may have reason to call upon customer service, this will be yet another important criterion before signing up for more than a one year contract. Hope this helps someone

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Verizon

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Madison, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

reception varies: limited near library, at ferry, Eli's flower stand, Blakely grade school. Live in Fort Ward with 2 bars, previously had ATT, could not use at home. Wish providers would share tower signals

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Verizon

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Teem Loop Rd., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

2 to 3 (of four) bars throughout our neighborhood, but no problems sending and receiving calls with Verizon. Verizon seems to have the best coverage on Bainbidge Island in my experience.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | High School Road / Stonecress, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

Verizon wireless claims there is cell phone service on their coverage map in this area. I got no coverage in my townhome and when I called them they transferred me to technical service who asked for my address. They said at my particular address there was little to no service (although the street view of the coverage map said there was). If you call and there is no service at your place of residence you can be allowed out of your contract without paying the cancellation fee. Just call VZW, tell them your problem and they will send transfer you to tech services. You will then have to fax the audit dept after you transfer your number and they will waive the fee.

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Verizon

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | High School Rd. | Madison, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

We were told we would get good service here (coming from a small upstate New York town) but can't get a thing in our condo. Outside the building reception is fairly good, but we need to stand at the window to get anything indoors. Even moving a foot, or holding the phone the wrong way makes the call drop! It's ridiculous to be so close to a major city and have this kind of problem.

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T-Mobile

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Winslow Way | Madison, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 |

Just moved here. No reception on T-Mobile for most of downtown Bainbridge Island. Especially near the Town and Country - the real town center. T-Mobile says there is no problem because their coverage maps say it is okay. None of our three different phones work here, but they refuse to acknowledge a problem. So we'll all be switching as soon as I find out which system DOES work here.

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