Milwaukee, WI 53216 Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


Rating
1. T-Mobile 2.6 star rating (2.6 stars | 24 Reviews)
2. Sprint 2.1 star rating (2.1 stars | 29 Reviews)
3. Verizon 1.9 star rating (1.9 stars | 36 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.5 star rating (1.5 stars | 44 Reviews)

Total Coverage 2.1 star rating (2.1 stars | 160 Reviews)
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Verizon

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | East Side, Milwaukee, WI 53211 |

I switched to Verizon a couple months ago. The data on my Galaxy S5 is FAST. I get 4G service almost everywhere, but even the occasional 3G service is fast. The call quality is phenomenal. My only complaint is the number of dropped calls when inside buildings. Where I work on North Ave, in buildings Downtown, the Wal-Mart on Capital, and even sometimes on the UWM campus, my calls will drop when I walk into a larger building. My phone always looses service in elevators. It's frustrating. I guess the rural Wisconsin service makes up for urban Milwaukee service; however, if I never left Milwaukee I would try to find a better provider.

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Verizon

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | 92nd and Michigan, Froedtert | 92nd Between WI and Bluemound, Milwaukee, WI 53226 |

Reception has gotten much worse. Been with Verizon for 8 years. Every call drops unless I'm hanging my head out my upstairs window. Truly believe as the Medical Center gets bigger I won't be able to use my cell phone at home. Extremely frustrating.

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Verizon

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202 |

Multiple dropped calls, zero signal... . Horrible reception!

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Cricket

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Bobolink | 68th, Milwaukee, WI 53218 |

The service sucks in the area. I get between 1-2 bars in the house and the if I'm lucky. The phone is slow and with the new contract with At&T the service has gotten even slower.

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Sprint

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Maryland Ave, East Side , Milwaukee, WI 53211 |

Sprint was honestly not that bad. Everywhere I went, I almost always got all my bars. Service NEVER dropped inside buildings and elevators, which was very nice. Text messages always came in on time. The call quality, on the other hand, was an issue. Often I would have to hang up the phone because people couldn't understand me, which was weird because I would have all my bars. Once I redialed, the call went through perfectly. Connecting to the internet was not always reliable, again weird because I always had 4G LTE Coverage. I think the network was frequently overloaded. I have since switched to Verizion for better nationwide coverage and call quality. However, if you never leave the city, Sprint is a fair choice.

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AT&T

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Elm Grove, Elm Grove, WI 53122 |

Awful.

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Sprint

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | East Side | Prospect and North, Milwaukee, WI 53211 |

I have had Sprint for many years and it seems that all the services have their shortcomings. My experience with customer service has been both good and bad. When I go to the store on Silver Spring and Port Washington, the people working there are virtually useless. Actually, it has been my experience that most of the people at any of the stores are useless. I have had some success on the phone although it takes patience and tact to get anything done. It isn't easy. However... here's a true story about Sprint customer service. I would very often drop calls in my apartment which is just north of downtown. An area that should have magnificent service. I called Sprint and explained that I literally had to lean against a window to not lose calls. I had heard about something called an Airvave which is basically an antenna connected to a router to send better signals to a phone. When I asked about it, since no one at Sprint mentioned it's existence, they admitted that it existed. Then they had the audacity to tell me I could get it for only $259.00. I thought I was talking to someone from the Comedy Channel. $259???? Are you kidding? After discussing it with a supervisor, I could miraculously get it for only $129.00. I thanked the person helping me profusely and then told her that it's only $129 too much. I explained that we had a contract and they were supposed to provide a signal which they weren't doing... in the middle of a large city. I did my part and payed the bills for service. Now it was their turn to live up to their commitment. I calmly told the person that I was speaking with to send the Airwave to me for free. Amazingly, after explaining the logic of our contract, I was sent the Airwave for free. And, it really, really works. So that's good. Otherwise, the internet connection truly sucks. The service is so-so. And it isn't cheap. I certainly like to hear the bogus stories they tell when you ask when 4G will be in Milwaukee. They must keep a full time staff to write preposterous tales about the "coming 4G and LTE". I always drop calls when I'm not near a window at stores. But I will say that coverage areas outside are pretty good. Again... outside. So, why do I keep Sprint? I guess it's a case of why trade a headache for a stomach ache. Verizon, US Cellular, AT&T, Sprint... they all seem to suck.

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US Cellular

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Edgewood and Oakland | Capital and Oakland, Milwaukee, WI 53211 |

Signal strength is only 1-2 bars in my home. It is 3 bars in my attic. USCellular refuses to send a tech unless they get a half dozen complaints in one area. Frequent dropped calls. Some calls are marginal inside or outside! They claim smartphones have weak antennas. Flip phone was great,always 4=5 bars They only get 3 bars in all of the stores. Away from my home area it is excellent. Sound quality is the best.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | State Fair Park | Bluemound, Milwaukee, WI 53226 |

Have had it since it was Cingular -- just goes down hill. Service in Village of Wauwatosa non-existent or slow much of the time. Customer service at AT&T stinks. Reason I've stayed -- price for multiple lines.

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US Cellular

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Milwaukee Ave. Wauwatosa | 68th St., Milwaukee, WI 53213 |

Battery drains. calls drop. Is it Wauwatosa or ????????? All since I moved here.

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Miller Pkwy. | Miller Parkway / Burnham, Milwaukee, WI 53219 |

No voice nor data services since 8 / 19 / 13. Once in a while data comes through. Multiple users at location without service.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Riverwest / E. Burleigh, Milwaukee, WI 53212 |

Repeated dropped calls, 10 seconds or more to connect. Had the same problem 4 blocks East of here, I shouldn't be surprised. Want to warn others about using Verizon in Riverwest. Taking my phones back to Apple tomorrow. Switching back to AT&T.

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Sprint

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Bayside | Brown Deer and Port Wash, Milwaukee, WI 53217 |

Most places I get decent reception. My phone hooks on to WiFi which is a must have feature as data rates are Sloooow. 4G is nonexistent. BTW, went to Houston and was blown away by what 4G COULD do. Am looking for another carrier but reviews here make it look as if they are all crooks.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | River West Townsend and Bremen, Milwaukee, WI 53212 |

Intermittent call dropping / failure to ring while I am inside. If I go outside or sit right by a window I get one bar.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Oklahoma Ave. | Chase Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207 |

Get dropped calls all the time in my house and not made of concrete. Even if I sit by my living room windows, still get dropped calls or I can't even make calls if I am in my house. Have to go outside to talk. Called Sprint and they said a tower is down with no eta for repairs. I have been hearing this for the past 2 yrs now. Now it's contract renewal time and I am still told the same issues. Goodbye Sprint and hello T-Mobile.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | South 63rd | Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53219 |

Reception is a continual struggle. Very poor reception in the house and often poor reception outside. Right now getting 0-2 bars and I cannot make or receive calls in my own kitchen next to the window!

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Verizon

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Townsend and Bremen | Townsend and Fratney, Milwaukee, WI 53212 |

Little to no reception in my bungalow in Riverwest; my iPhone will alert me to calls after a voicemail has been left. Soooo frustrating! I may have to buy the $250 in-home booster that Verizon sells. BTW, this area of Milwaukee also disables my car remote entry fob. It's all of the radio towers up along Capitol that messes up the signals.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Kilbourn | Prospect, Milwaukee, WI 53202 |

We started with AT&T when the iPhone came out -- and it just gets worse and worse. Dropped calls ALL the time -- which they tried to blame on Apple. AT&T is NOT a good carrier for Milwaukee... or really anywhere. So frustrating!

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T-Mobile

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Bluemound | Calhoun, Brookfield, WI 53005 |

Consistent voice and data performance compared to Sprint who has no 4G in Wisconsin. I'm able to tether 2 laptops in my office building (2nd floor) with almost 4G download speeds and nearly no lag. Cost is the T-Mobile's strong suite. My 5GB with free hotspot data feature is only $25 while my wife has unlimited data with no throttle / overages for $20. One thing to keep in mind is if you travel 20 miles outside of a metro area there may not be 4G. I have to use wi-fi calling when I visit my parents up north which connects to a wifi router instead of a tower to make a call.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Burleigh | Holton, Milwaukee, WI 53212 |

Have had Verizon for years in other parts of Milwaukee with happy results. Moved to Riverwest this month and can only get a signal once in a while.

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