Madison, WI Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


Rating
1. AT&T 2.3 star rating (2.3 stars | 51 Reviews)
2. T-Mobile 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 23 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 44 Reviews)
4. Verizon 1.6 star rating (1.6 stars | 51 Reviews)

Total Coverage 2.1 star rating (2.1 stars | 222 Reviews)
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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | UW Hospital | University Ave., Madison, WI 53705 |

Verizon has terrible service in the hospital complex

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US Cellular

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Wheeler Rd., Madison, WI 53704 |

I would like to know how a carrier can charge for full service when service is available only part of the time. Lots of dropped calls. Called U.S. Cellular many times to no avail. Maybe it's time to contact FCC.

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Verizon

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Corner of Breese and University Ave, on Third Floo | Breese Terrace, University Ave., Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706 |

I've been in Madison about six months (moved from North Carolina) and wondered about Verizon service. From reading about other's experiences, it seems to be very mixed around UW, but at least in the Engineering Quad (next to Camp Randall), service seems to be very good. Service is questionable when you are below ground but that is to be expected.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Sawmill Road / Sturbridge Circle, Madison WI | Wexfield Village(between Old Sauk / Gammon / High , Madison, WI 53717 |

TERRIBLE Reception- I have to stand on my front porch to talk! All calls dropped with i 1 minute of conversation. Also- Very poor reception around town and at UW Hospital! All kinds of missed calls- goes to call waiting instead of ringing. DO NOT BUY VERIZON IF LIVE IN MADISON(OK IN VERONA)

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AT&T

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | North Side Madison (NE Side of Lake Mendota) | Woodward Dr., Madison, WI 53704 |

I left USCellular review; however, my husband and I both have the Samsung Galaxy Note II, although he has AT&T and instead of zero bars, he usually has 3. I use his phone instead of my USCellular one so I can actually hold a call for more than 5 minutes.

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US Cellular

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | North Side Madison (NE Side of Lake Mendota) | Woodward Dr., Madison, WI 53704 |

If I am able to receive / make a call, I will drop it within 5 minutes at most. Unfortunately, when I call USCellular to address this; there is a 30 minute wait time. If a miracle happens and my phone doesn't drop the call by the time someone talks to me, it drops it typically by the time I give them my number to call me back. When they do, it goes straight to voicemail due to no service, and they expect me to follow-up and hold for another half hour. I used to tell everyone how great USCellular was but since they have 4G, reception has crapped out.

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US Cellular

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | FRANKLIN AVE, Madison, WI 53705 |

Phone shows 2-3 bars but constantly drops calls and states no network available (really no network with 2-3 bars?). Verizon worked great (even in my basement) but this service sucks.

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Sprint

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Harper Apts Madison North Side, Madison, WI 53704 |

Have virgin mobile. Great service in my apt for 3 g. What is up with virgin updating towers for 4 g service? Radio shack told me they got confirmation that virgin was updating the towers here in Madison at the end of August. Want to upgrade to a 4 g phone but why do it if 4 g isn't working. Anyone get 4 g service with virgin or boost mobile in Madison?

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Cricket

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Eagle Heights Dr. | Lake Mendota Dr., Madison, WI 53705 |

The short version? We can't take a phone call in our house (there's almost no reception -- and our calls drop if we are able to connect at all, and we can't get a full sentence worth of reception), and outside the house on campus at UW Madison there are frequent black holes with no reception at all. Our experience so far with cricket is a nightmare. Inside our apartment in Eagle Heights, Madison WI (this is university housing), we are lucky to get a single bar of reception, but usually it's nearly at zero. What's ridiculous is the coverage maps shown to me by cricket show strong coverage in the area. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Both my wife and I are very upset because we spent over $1,300 dollars getting signed up with cricket with brand new phones, and now our service is a joke. We are thinking of trying to flash our phones and switch to US Cellular, but it seems their network might not be any better than cricket.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Winnequah Park Monona | Winnequah Rd.& Nichols Rd., Madison, WI 53716 |

Drops call in my house, and in my yard. Signal sucks. I looking for a new carrier.

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US Cellular

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | 5810 Forest View Ct., Madison, WI 53711 |

poor reception being less than mile from tower

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | N. Spooner St. | Van Hise St., Madison, WI 53726 |

I have a galaxy S2. I don't get any reception at my own house. Calls get dropped all the time. I have to go to this one window in my house to get one bar so I can send a text message but that fails to send 50% of the time. I'm pretty sure this problem is because of the network and not my phone. I have to be somewhere else if I ever want to make a phone call which has been a big issue for me. I also can't connect to the internet via 3G, Wi-Fi and 4G works perfect but there is no 4G network in Madison.

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Sprint

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Mineral Point | Rosa, Madison, WI 53705 |

When I go north just a few blocks (anywhere near University Dr.) my signal is GREAT! But this area near Mineral Point between Whitney Way and Gammon has weaker signal strength, often just 1 bar, and sometimes dropping calls. One side of my apartment (facing SE) is better than the other.

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T-Mobile

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | 5174 Anton Dr., Madison, WI 53719 |

I get good reception on T-Mobile pretty much everywhere in Madison including the suburbs. Fast data speed as well. Outside of the city in the rural areas it's not good and sometimes will not have data but if you live in the city it works great.

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T-Mobile

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Capitol Area, 53703, Madison, WI 53703 |

The funny thing is that the phone will show up to 5 bars and drop down to none. The phone itself is in great condition and has never dropped a single call in NY or FL. Yesterday it dropped 70 calls over 4 hours. T-Mobile told me to switch from 4G to 2G--didn't help. I'm going to have to switch carriers.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Eken Park | North St., Madison, WI 53704 |

The only way I can receive a call is if I'm outside in my backyard. Absolutely no bars inside my house. Called Verizon, they told me to return the phone and go with a different carrier. I NEVER had problems with US Cellular, but wanted the iPhone so I switched to Verizon. Mistake. May switch back to US Cellular when contract is up. I don't understand why no problems with US Cellular and nothing but problems with Verizon.

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T-Mobile

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Regent | Prospect, Madison, WI 53705 |

there is absolutely no TMobile reception here. Not even a hint of a signal, even from the third floor of this house. I ve only had T mobile a few weeks, but between this experience and what I get in Chicago, I may have to switch again.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Tree Lane and Oakbridge Ct., Madison, WI 53717 |

I have hardly ant reception. I have to go up to my loft just to get a one bar signal. I can't send picture texts. I called Sprint and was told that 3 of the 4 towers in that area are have been down for a few weeks. I said this has been going on for a well over a yr now. They did nothing for me.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Home Off of Walter St., Madison, WI 53714 |

my family needs to text me so I know they need to talk to me. then I go outside to call them.

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T-Mobile

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Langdon St. | State St., Madison, WI 53703 |

Horrible. Avoid at all costs. Spotty coverage everywhere on campus, and absolutely no reception near State St.or at my apartment on Langdon. Switching to AT&T asap

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