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Washington, DC 20036 Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps

1. Verizon 2.3 star rating (2.3 stars | 23 Reviews)
2. Sprint 1.9 star rating (1.9 stars | 16 Reviews)
3. AT&T 1.4 star rating (1.4 stars | 31 Reviews)
4. T-Mobile 0.8 star rating (0.8 stars | 4 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 81 Reviews)
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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 13 | V, Washington, DC 20009 |

I get zero bars inside the house. I must stand at the front window to talk and there is 1 bar. There is no reception at the back window. Never buy AT&T. They are liars and horrible.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | DC Metro Red Line, Washington, DC 20005 |

Poor, inconsistent signal. Calls lost when a train arrives in the station where I'm waiting, as well as when in the tunnel. I guess it's time to start texting...

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 18th St. NW | S St. NW, Washington, DC 20009 |

About half of all calls are dropped. Phone constantly switching between 3G, Edge and 'G' networks. Really awful. Much better in other parts of DC and outside of town.

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0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Metro, Washington, DC 20006 |

I can get NO reception in any metro station under ground.

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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | 2100 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20052 |

Very good reception all around DC, even in the Metro (though spotty).

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Adams Morgan / Rock Creek / Mount Pleasant, Washington, DC 20009 |

AT&T The bar indicators in my apartment facing Mount Pleasant / Rock Creek drift in and out with the wind, it seems. 1 bar then 2,3 then 1 then 0 and then finally it says, Emergency Calls Only. Went to the Westin hotel on 14th and M NW, my colleagues with Verizon and Sprint had perfect reception. I had No Network Coverage. I have to say, with my old Nokia I never had the message Emergency Calls Only. Hmmmmmmm. It does have it's benefits though. Makes people call me at home and saves me a few $ on extra minutes of bla, bla, bla... .. Bottom line is, service must be as advertised and it's not. Imagine standing next to a bus with an ad for ATT and getting no reception. Hilarious.

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5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | 1616 16TH ST NW, Washington, DC 20009 |

Sprint has really improved the DC area. I chose Sprint over everyone else, primarily because of the great coverage I have in my apartment. I'm located deep in the building with no outside windows, only one inside window which stairs at some fire escapes and a cement wall. Verizon coverage was ok (fluctuates between 2 bars to 5 bars and you notice clipping when on conversations). Cingular's clipping was more noticeable, but had the same 2 bars to 5 bars reception issue. T-Mobile fluctuates between 1 bar to 4 bars and sometimes drops the call. Since my cell is my only phone, coverage in my apartment was pretty important, so Sprint won out because of my close proximity to a tower located on the exterior of a building up the street. As far as coverage in the area, Sprint has a lot of weak spots once you get out of the downtown area, but I have roaming included with my plan, and when out in the boonies, I just force my phone to roam on Verizon. I'm satisfied with the price I'm paying and the quality of the conversations where I have proper signal. I notice that calls seem to be clearer on Sprint than when I'm roaming on Verizon. Also the Razr phone I have seems to give headaches if I talk too long on Verizon. I don't get the same headaches when using Sprint. I don't know if this has something to do with different rf emission on Sprint's 1900 PCS versus Verizon digital 800.

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5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | 14th ST NW | S St.NW, Washington, DC 20009 |

Outstanding coverage with AT&T. I got zero bars here with Verizon.

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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Johnson Ave.NW, Washington, DC 20009 |

Great reception everywhere but in my condo! Even at work around different electronics and electrical fields

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Adams Morgan, Washington, DC 20009 |

I just switched from Sprint to AT and T. I was fed up with horrible Sprint customer service. We got two KRZR K1 GSM phones to use here and abroad. On both phones we often hear loud echoes of our voices, get constant dropped calls and often can't get signals around the Washington area. I'm switching to Verizon for local and buyng the GSM phones overseas with their own Sim cards. Luckily, I'm still in the 30 day return period!

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