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Madison, WI Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


Rating
1. AT&T 2.3 star rating (2.3 stars | 52 Reviews)
2. T-Mobile 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 25 Reviews)
3. Verizon 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 53 Reviews)
4. Sprint 1.6 star rating (1.6 stars | 45 Reviews)

Total Coverage 2.1 star rating (2.1 stars | 227 Reviews)
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T-Mobile

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Sheboygan Ave, Hilldale | Segoe Rd., Madison, WI 53705 |

I'd encourage you to do T-Mobile's test drive and try the service yourself but I've been very impressed since about June with T-Mobile. Took a gamble, since they don't have any stores as of now in the city and ordered online. Service is great most places. Their weak spot is in some of the older, brick buildings downtown, namely on State. But you'll have no problems in many of them and certainly no problems outdoors or while driving. The cost trade off has been truly worth maybe having to step outside for 2 minutes on the off chance that I happen to need to make a call while in a brick building downtown. You see what I'm getting at? Most of the time it's a non-issue. I've had Sprint and AT&T in Madison. AT&T works great, but the pricing is awful. Sprint was terrrrrrrible almost everywhere for me. For comparison, I think T-Mobile is 10 times better than Sprint in Madison (if you're thinking of switching from Sprint, this will be a relief for you). Speeds are great. On a bad day I see about 12Mbps of LTE. Good days I've pulled as high as 26Mbps. For those worried about those indoor brick areas, in 2015 T-Mo is launching new spectrum nationwide which should cover those harder to reach indoor places. Totally happy with T-Mobile. My bill for a single line phone is about $65.00 a month and I was paying about $100.00 a month with the other guys. Oh, plus my streaming music isn't part of my data amount, so there's an added bonus, free Spotify and Pandora!

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | West Side Near Home Depot, Madison, WI 53711 |

Cannot receive calls. No one can hear you talking even when you go outside. What a joke, why aren't there more cell towers for residential areas?

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AT&T

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Cherokee , Madison, WI 53711 |

Decent coverage through out the city but have minor problems in our home. Terrible coverage as you head north of Madison.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 3805 Margaret St. | Atwood Ave.And Dennett St., Madison, WI 53714 |

1-2 bars and LTE only. Calls are ok but the internet is a joke. My emails won't download unless I'm connected to wifi.

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Verizon

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

Very difficult to get even texts in / out of my outside wall office, let alone voice. Cannot place or keep a call on the skybridge over Highland Ave. between pharmacy school and med school. Will be changing to AT&T.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Union South and Engineering Building, Madison, WI 53715 |

Had to be near the windows to get service. Battery died as it was continuously looking for service. Sellery has similar problems so I am looking to switch from Sprint - my carrier for years - so my child has service on campus.

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T-Mobile

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Observatory | Elm Dr., Madison, WI 53703 |

Today, when I need my phone the most, no reception... Beyond Frustrationg

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Verizon

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | West Towne Mall Area | Mineral Point Rd., Madison, WI 53717 |

Perfect reception on the west side of Madison on my Galaxy S3. A little spotty when heading north to Baraboo driving by all those farms and hills.

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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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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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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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