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1. T-Mobile 1.9 star rating (1.9 stars | 20 Reviews)
2. Verizon 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 57 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.6 star rating (1.6 stars | 54 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.5 star rating (1.5 stars | 52 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.6 star rating (1.6 stars | 210 Reviews)
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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Beltway, Silver Spring Around To I-95 South and So, Silver Spring, MD 20910 |

I switched from AT&T to Cingular a bit over a month ago, and got a new phone that I'm very happy with, but it was a total disaster when it came to cell coverage. Driving from Silver Spring around the western beltway to I-95 S and ultimately south to Richmond, it's pretty hard to maintain a conversation for more than 5-10 minutes at a time virtually anywhere along the entire route. Now, I just got off the phone with Cingular and I have moderate good news: the representative spoke with a supervisor, who verified that they do in fact have low coverage around the western part of the beltway, and they agreed to waive my termination fee. (I had argued that their sales rep sold me a product that doesn't deliver what they said it would, and I made it clear that I was prepared to document all my dropouts for a week or two and then dispute all charges on my account.) The rep was actually very apologetic, but she also said explicitly that it will be at least months before they get enough new towers in place in my area for it to make a difference to me. She also told me that she could not switch me back to AT&T because they were phasing it out. So, bottom line: I think (and the company itself more or less verified) that Cingular is virtually worthless if what you want to do is talk on the phone on the western Beltway and down I-95 South toward Richmond. (Yes, I use a hands free set and I drive very carefully, with a lot of follow distance!) However, I was lucky enough (or had chutzpah enough) to get them to waive my early termination fee. Now I just need to figure out which other provider is the best one to switch to, because I don't want to go through all this again. Wish I could have my AT&T back, sigh...

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | G and 14th NW, Washington, DC 20005 |

Cingular is terrible in DC. I drop calls all the time and the signal inside buildings almost non-existing - I'm changing to Verizon when my plan is done in July (YEAH I CAN'T WAIT) By the way Motorola is also been a terrible experience. Either Cingular or the phone drops calls all the time - about 15 to 20 minutes into a conversation!

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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | 14th St. and Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009 |

I use this phone for business out of my house all day long. Very, very few problems with coverage. Both this phone, and the Treo 650 could use some help in the bug department. I average one major bug a month. Sprints phone technical help is pretty good - when you get them on the phone. Their in-store help is the worst I have ever seen. Avoid the retail stores like the plague!

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0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | 1001 G St. | 10th St., Washington, DC 20001 |

Is T-Mobile reception getting worse? I used to get only one bar at work, now I get none. TMO swaped out my phone but still no dice.

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | 18th St. NW | Willard St. NW, Washington, DC 20009 |

3-4 bars on ground floor of my townhouse, 0 bars in the basement. good reception outside

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Grubb Rd. | Washington Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910 |

Typically, the phone only has a one to two bar connection (both inside and outside) and the calls eventually end up being dropped. I've noticed Cingular generally has poor coverage around DC altogether, though, the phone seems to work great in Scottsdale, AZ.

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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Queens Chapel Rd. | Hamilton, Hyattsville, MD 20782 |

Since going back to Verizon, I've had nothing but good reception. With T-Mobile and Cingular, reception and signal strength was not good. I could only get a few bars with my T-Mobile in certain rooms in the house, my home is made of brick. My Verizon service lets me talk anywhere in the house now including the basement where I could never pickup any signals.

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0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | 34th St. ("Reno Rd.") | Ordway St., Washington, DC 20008 |

Drops every day near this location as I walk home from work. Reported the problem several months ago with T-Mobile.

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0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Connecticut | Van Ness (metro Stop), Washington, DC 20008 |

Almost always no reception - though sometimes I'm surprised by 3 bars. Seems to be a dead spot at a very busy location.

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | 15th and T NW, Washington, DC 20009 |

We were switched from ATT wireless when Cingular bought them. Now, we have virtually no reception in our living room, and moving to the kitchen puts both Nokia and Motorola phones on "Roam". No accountability at all from Cingular, and I don't care where their towers are if they don't give me service. We're stuck until the contract expires, and then, believe me, we'll switch.

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