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Washington, DC 20016 Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps

1. Sprint 2.2 star rating (2.2 stars | 42 Reviews)
2. T-Mobile 1.6 star rating (1.6 stars | 30 Reviews)
3. Verizon 1.6 star rating (1.6 stars | 60 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.5 star rating (1.5 stars | 71 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 224 Reviews)
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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Glebe Rd. | Chain Bridge, Arlington, VA 22207 |

Very spotty coverage at best outdoors. Even worse when indoors. Dropped calls and very bad direct connect connecitions. This is my second Nextel device (first was the I-80) and both have the same issue. I have used (or tried to use) Nextel devices in this area for over 4 years with the same issues. After speaking to co-workers, it appears that the Nextel / Sprint merger has actually caused certain known good areas to actually worsen. As a result, our company has decided to drop 85+ accounts in favor of a different carrier.

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0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | 42nd St. NW | Beecher St. NW, Washington, DC 20007 |

No signal whatsoever with Sony Ericsson GSM phone since July 2006. Tried SIM in other GSM phones to no avail. Cingular claimed there are at least 10 towers in area but I could neither place nor receive calls from my location. Otherwise fair to strong signal throughout DC and northern VA.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Benton St. | 38th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007 |

About 70% of calls are dropped when I'm lucky enough to get through for a call. Roommates' Verizon and Sprint phones come through splendidly.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 2480 16th St.NW / Dorchester House Intersection, Washington, DC 20009 |

I concur with the earlier customer's comments about the cellular reception at this address. I became a Cingular customer in October 2005. I didn't want trouble connecting with a new service and phone and was told by Cingular representatives that my model Motorola was known to work in basements had average receptivity. I purchased the phone and the service based on this. Around January 2006 service dropped. I spent months on the phone with Cingular and even time talking to their technicians about the towers. Service reps have been helpful and polite but can't do much except provide minutes back for dropped calls. They claim that a structure must have been built between this address and the Cingular tower between this address and the tower; thus, blocking line-of-site. This August 2006, service has been better. Is it cloud coverage boucing better signals back? Perhaps. I drop calls several times every day with Cingular. I hear Verizon works better at this location.

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0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | 24th St. NW | Between G / H St's., Washington, DC 20037 |

Just upgraded to Cingular GSM from AT&T TDMA in June / July 2006 both pre-paid plans. Until August 2006 coverage at my desk varied but I always got at least 1 bar. As of August 2006 I get "No Network" most of the day. In an office by the window and the signal coverage will be anything from 1 - 5 bars and without moving it will rapidly jump from one to another. It averages 2-3 bars. In the street outside it maxes out at 4, very occassionally 5. In park near Saudi Embassy I get 5 bars, cross to the middle of Virginia Ave. (all of 20 yards) and it immediately drops to 3 bars even though it is still out if the open. I had a similar problem last year and looking at posts on here, I can't help but wonder if every August Cingular works on transmitters before the GW students come back. Of course tech support knows nothing about it and insists that my handset must be faulty and exchanged, but I doubt that's the problem since I can get 5 bars out in the mountains in Front Royal, VA. It seems its either that the towers are over subscribed, or that some have been turned off.

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3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Kalorama | Conneticut and California, Washington, DC 20008 |

It's strong and then it's gone. Calls drop frequently and I get this call failed message all the time when calling out.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Georgetown Waterfront | 30th and K St., Washington, DC 20007 |

I just switched from Sprint. Reception in my office was quite good. Now I can't take or make a call with Cingular on the new phone.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | S St. Nw | 15th Nw, Washington, DC 20009 |

there's a sink hole around my house here. I can't use my phone at home. its bad enough and Cingular's response is so poor that i'm considering paying to cancel the contract.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | N. Barton | 9th St., Arlington, VA 22201 |

This location (near Ft. Meyer and Sheffield Court) has always been bad. Several days now without service. Had the same problem with Sprint. Thank god I am moving next month, because this spot is just horrible!

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Brandywine St. NW, Washington, DC 20008 |

Sprint gives very poor reception in some low lying areas of DC, so am considering switching to Verizon which seems to get great coverage everywhere. Have even lost coverage in other non-low lying busy areas.

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