Milwaukee, WI Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


Rating
1. T-Mobile 2.7 star rating (2.7 stars | 21 Reviews)
2. Sprint 2.1 star rating (2.1 stars | 28 Reviews)
3. Verizon 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 38 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 45 Reviews)

Total Coverage 2.1 star rating (2.1 stars | 161 Reviews)
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Verizon

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | 68th and National, Milwaukee, WI 53219 |

I've had Verizon for over 4 years. I can't recall one incident, where I had any issues making or receiving phone calls in the West Allis area. Data speeds aren't the greatest around here. I just got the Droid 4 with 4g, and if I put the phone in the window upstairs, I average 500-700k / s. Sitting in Whitnall Park, I got the best speed at over 3 mb / s, averaging consistantly over 1.5mb / s.

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Verizon

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | 60th, Milwaukee, WI 53214 |

I've got no love for Verizon, and actually I'm shopping other carriers because of price. However, in the six years I've lived here in SE Wisconsin I don't remember ever experiencing bad reception. Dropped call, what's that? My phone get used everywhere and even when I'm driving and NO dropped calls. How can one person have perfect reception in West Allis and another is crying their eyes out? Strange.

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Sprint

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | S19st | Lincoln St., Milwaukee, WI 53215 |

Reception 4 Msg 3 Data 3 Customer Service 5 Price $80 bucks over all good choice.

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Virgin Mobile

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Howell | Lincoln, Milwaukee, WI 53207 |

I have 5 or 6 bars (out of 6) in my Bay View house. I do get dropped calls - sometimes it's very bad, other times it'll happen once and that's all. It's not common, though. Overall I'm perfectly happy with voice quality. Data is another story. Virgin Mobile data on my current phone and on my lost Motorola Triumph Android is VERY slow. If I'm lost or trying to get a restaurant's number on the road, it's almost not worth the wait. It takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r to load maps or web pages most places in the Milwaukee area. I say "most" because it's completely impossible in some places. Basically, Virgin Mobile is just fine for voice, but data is nearly unusable.

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US Cellular

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | South 108th St. | West Greenfield AVe, Milwaukee, WI 53219 |

Why can I not find any info on USCC here? For towers or any kind of info. I average 3 to 4 bars. -80dBm.

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Verizon

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | W. National Ave. | W. Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53227 |

I was a Sprint customer for approx 9 years, I decided to switch to Verizon because they claimed to have the most reliable network with the best signal and data speeds. I switched in April of 2011 and got the HTC Thunderbolt. As of the first day of my new contract I have had 0 signal outside my home in about half of the city of West Allis ( actual signal on the phone reads from -102dbm to -109dbm) They did send me a network extender so the phones could work in the house but the $140 I had to spend on the router wasnt worth it considering its also using my bandwidth I pay for. I've made numerous calls and stopped at Verizon stores from April 2011 until now,Oct 2011 and NOTHING has been fixed, in fact they never,ever call you back like they say they will. Verizon Techs have been in the area testing and have admitted via the phone this area of West Allis has "marginal" cell signal for unknown reasons, but has no plans to fix it. I beleive "marginal" is a nice term for "No signal", but they wont admit that. Oh they have also admitted to me that there are alot of Verizon customers near me in this area that have had network extenders sent to them. My opinion is that Verizon knows about a serious signal problem affecting their customers in West Allis, but refuses to fix it, other then hoping network extenders will keep them happy for now. Do not use Verizon in West Allis! I spend $150 dollars a month for two Verizon phones that dont work outside my home in a horrible economy. I spent $500 on two new phones and Verizon wont give me a refund on them even tho this has hapened since day 1, but would be willing to waive my early termination fee, unacceptable! I will not be stuck with two phones I spent alot of money on for a cell service that does not work in a large area. If Verizon won't fix this giant dead zone in West Allis, then they should not be allowed to sell service in West Allis without warning new customers... ..period!

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 1660 N Prospect Ave. | Brady St., Milwaukee, WI 53202 |

Hesitated between "poor" and "no reception" because, even though Apple gave me a brand new phone last week - it still defies all - Internet connection? Ha! Now I'm off to ATT - am expecting a fight.

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Capitol, Milwaukee, WI 53206 |

The worst thing I have ever had in my life. How do I not get service at MY house?

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Howell Ave. | Layton Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207 |

Cant receive calls without a drop. Can't receive calls.Should I wonder? The map shows one tower in an area where the other carriers have 4. Never had a dropped call with ATT. Gonna switch back if a phone switch doesn't fix it.

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Port Washington Rd. | Capitol, Milwaukee, WI 53212 |

I did not get any reception this evening and I usually have good reception..sometimes my calls drop but not often..but I'm upset because it's friday and I can't make plans..uh

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 52nd and Capitol, Milwaukee, WI 53216 |

There are problems with coverage inside the home because Sprint's spectrum of choice does NOT penetrate buildings well. Not that any current spec does, but there are homes that still have lead in them. This may interfere with the cell signal penetrating the walls of your home. If that is the case, consider acquiring a cell signal repeater.

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AT&T

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Hampton | Port Washington Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217 |

Service is average to good, occasionally excellent. Not sure it's worth the risk to change to and learn the nuances of a new carrier. They all have good and bad points.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Logan Ave. | Kk, Milwaukee, WI 53207 |

reception is so spotty. I have never experienced so much inconsistency with cell reception. Very unhappy with AT&T and apple. AT&T has the deepest pockets of all the cell companies and you would think they would have solid coverage in a city.

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Cricket

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | 4080 W Rivers Edge Cr. Condo's | HWY 57 (Green Bay Rd.And Schroeder DR, Milwaukee, WI 53209 |

They say the Motorola V465 is there best seller. First, they only have 4-5 phones until the ones with the keyboards some other fancy deal and a black berry on the way. I have used Motorola phones from net 10 that BLOW the VE465 away I swapped it for the one made by QUALCOMM-Average at best-because it actually has push buttons not that rubber slab looslyin tact to operate functionwit less moving part-creating slippage errors and other function keys are dual purposed-opposity functions-its like having a combo on -emergency off button to operate the space shutle.

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Nextel

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Bay View, Milwaukee, WI 53207 |

Works awesome! Full coverage at my house, even in my basement. Stable calls and great sound quality. Overall, the best for the Metro area.

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AT&T

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | MKE Airport, Milwaukee, WI 53207 |

Absolutely terrible AT&T service in and around the Milwaukee area. Bad with Iphone3gs, worse with IP4.

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US Cellular

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Oklahoma | Illinois, Milwaukee, WI 53207 |

I rarely ever had problems with US Cellular until moving to the south side. Now it's common to have bad reception, dropped calls, missed calls where the phone doesn't even ring, late voicemails or text messages, dying battery, etc. But no problems when I'm out of bay view. Is it just this part of town or what? Being close to the airport or the lake?

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Verizon

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Wabeno To Rhinelander, Milwaukee, WI 53225 |

North of wabeno to rhinelander my Verizon phone works fine, South of Wabeno to Oshkosh my Verizon phone requires me to re-enter every phone number I dial before it will dial through and connect a call. Once I get to Fond Du Lac and South all the way back to Milwaukee it works fine again. This has been with both contract and prepaid Verizon Service. I have used Motorola Android, Blackberry Pearl Flip, Chocolate 2, 3 and touch all with same issue in these areas regarding the phone dialing. Funny thing is that with all of these Smart phones internet and texts are completely unaffected almost anywhere I have gone in this state. The only place I did not have service is a 10 mile dead spot between Black River Falls and Tomah. Verizon has the best coverage in WI, all-be-it I have to re-enter all numbers when passing through certain areas of the state, but all calls have always gone through with very little droppage. I am now Using Straight Talk Prepaid on a $45 unlimited plan for 30 days, which uses the Verizon Network, but coverage is very spotty, lots of dead spots, dropped calls, etc. I have the $100 Samsung with the slide out QWERTY keyboard, bought 10 days ago (today is 6-22-2010) at Rhinelander Walmart. (I now Reside In Crandon as of May 22, 2010 zip 54520). will be retuening Strait Talk phone in a couple of days and going back to Verizon PrePaid because of the better coverage area, despite the inconvience of often having to re-enter the phone number after the initial dial when passing through many areas here. Calls always went through, very few were dropped. I believe the Strait Talk limitation is due to the phones and not the Verizon network. I know that for Verizon Customers whether prepaid or contract; service will get better in this area when they complete their acquisition and conversion of Alltel wireless. I have been a Verizon customer for 8.5 years and the acquisition of Alltel will be totally complete by fall 2011 as I was told that the changeover would take three years to complete in its entirety. On the upside, I have Charter Cable services with 25mbps downstream i-net, in state calling on home phone, and two high def cable boxes with every kids channel imagined, line maintence package and an unlisted phone number for $160 per month with taxes and fees. I was paying three times that for much lesser service with Time Warner in Milwaukee and four times that for the three months I used lesser services with AT&T U-Verse. I will go back to contract services with Verizon once the Alltel acquisition i9s complete, until then I will use Verizon Prepaid.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Oakland Ave. | Glendale Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211 |

Sprint has good reception in most of milwaukee, except at my house. I am about 2 blocks from the lake, and I often will not get any bars at home. Wanting to switch, but not sure that anyone is going to have better service near the lake.

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AT&T

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Maryland Ave. | Olive St,, Milwaukee, WI 53211 |

Some times five. Calls dropped late evening. My phone tells me to wait while it finds customer? Called AT&T. Could not tell me why my phone not listed as a 3G or even Edge. Whish Apple would choose another carrier.

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