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Milwaukee, WI 53224 Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


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1. T-Mobile 2.3 star rating (2.3 stars | 27 Reviews)
2. Sprint 2.1 star rating (2.1 stars | 33 Reviews)
3. AT&T 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 58 Reviews)
4. Verizon 1.6 star rating (1.6 stars | 40 Reviews)

Total Coverage 2.1 star rating (2.1 stars | 188 Reviews)
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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Water, Milwaukee, WI 53202 |

No reception. Could not use my phone on 10 / 4 / 2009 and could not use my wireless 3G air card. No reception at all. Had to physically get in my car and drive 5 miles away from downtown central before either would work.

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Sprint

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Van Buren | Kilbourn, Milwaukee, WI 53202 |

I've been happy with my Sprint reception and prices. Their customer service is absolutely terrible though, but I just push through that in order to have a plan that is about 2 / 3 the price of any other carrier. I don't know about the outskirts of Milwaukee or the surrounding areas much, but downtown I almost never lose reception

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Sprint

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Hwy. 100 and Bluemound, Milwaukee, WI 53226 |

I use my phone all over the milwaukee / waukesha area and the only times I've had reception problems are in 2 of my friends houses where nobody gets reception. But even there I usually get 2 bars.

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AT&T

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Wauwatosa (76th) | Bonniwell, Mequon, WI 53097 |

It seems as if AT&T added a new tower with 3G. Well, now I have 5 bars with 3G out in the boonies. Thanks AT&T!

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T-Mobile

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Sylvan Cir. | Squire Dr., Germantown, WI 53022 |

T-Mobile seems to be good to average reception at this location. I tried AT&T and T-Mobile and the later was better than AT&T, though not perfect. See the other review for the same location where I have provided extensive detail about the reception and coverage.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Squire | Sylvan, Germantown, WI 53022 |

Summary: ATT&T is the worst service in this particular area, Verizon and T-Mobile are better. Prepaid or post paid service may be a good alternative. There seems to be a few cellphone towers in the area, U.S. Cellular being the closet according to the coverage map on THIS site. Do not believe the bars on your cell phone. They are not a good measure of how good the connectivity or reception is actually. When using ATT&T, I can hardly make any calls even near window on the top floor inside the building but not anywhere near. Calls do get through (inbound or outbound) when not near window on top floor, but it is just by mere luck or any other factors. Even if the calls are received or connect, I have hardly had any call without person at the other end asking if I am on a cell phone (polite way of saying 'the call quality is worse'), or being disconnected. I also used Verizon Wireless earlier to switching to AT&T. Verizon wireless service reception in this area was definitely better than AT&T and probably same or better than T-Mobile (as far as I can tell by using a NET 10 phone). Switching to AT&T was a blunder by any criteria -- at least for this location. After an year or more with AT&T, I bought a Trafcone / NET10 phone and tested for reception. Tracfone (and their various brand children networks) uses T-Mobile and ATT&T for GSM phones and Verizon (may be US Cellular) for CDMA phones. I have only tested Tracfone / NET10 phone with a GSM phone and the call quality and cellphone reception are definitely not as bad as AT&T. Why the difference even if using another (GSM) phone? Because, Tracfone / NET10 phone is using T-Mobile for this particular area and the phone I bought. Please note that Tracphone / NET10 can use either ATT&T, T-Mobile for GSM and Verizon (or any regional CDMA carrier) for CDMA phone. If I you are still not convinced that AT&T is worse in this particular region, you can try borrowing a T-Mobile phone from someone who has other carrier service. Another way is by using inexpensive prepaid phone like Tracfone, NET 10, Page Plus (CDMA). You can get the Tracfone or NET 10 phone at various retail outlets like Wal-Mart, Target, RadioShack, or even some gas stations. Other prepaid services like Page Plus (owned by same parent company as that of Tracfone / NET 10) are not available at these outlets mentioned previously. However, you can order from their websites. Note that you can't use your (existing) GSM phone with Tracfone / NET 10 but you can use a Verizon Wireless or other CDMA phone with Page Plus wireless. You would have to fill up minutes within a specific time though. If you do not want to fill up minutes, you can also signup for a plan without a contract. I will probably port my number from AT&T wireless after giving this prepaid service some more testing time. I have not tested how good the reception and call connectivity are outside this area (like say another part of city or near work).

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Downer Ave. | Locust St., Milwaukee, WI 53211 |

One to two bars consistently outside of my home. Cannot use inside unless at 2nd floor window.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Donges Bay | 91st St., Mequon, WI 53097 |

my LG on Verizon gets very poor reception inside the house, Cingular was bad too

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T-Mobile

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | 76th | Bradley, Milwaukee, WI 53224 |

Outside, great reception. Inside, nothing. Customer service is always great, and for two phones on a family plan, including internet, I always pay under $100 a month.

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T-Mobile

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Capitol Dr. | Wilson Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53211 |

Always great reception here. In the house is a little worse, but it always works.

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