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Chicago, IL 60608 Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


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1. Verizon 1.9 star rating (1.9 stars | 29 Reviews)
2. T-Mobile 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 31 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.6 star rating (1.6 stars | 19 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.3 star rating (1.3 stars | 66 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 162 Reviews)
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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Washington and Franklin, Chicago, IL 60606 |

Just relocated to the area, still waiting on my house hold goods but when I lived in Colorado Verizon sent me an extender because I lived in the foothills, took it with me to Arizona and it works as well, can’t wait to get my stuff so I can plug it in.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 1210 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago, IL 60605 |

I recently moved. to NEMA. My roomates have AT&T and have excelent coverage although my coverage in this building is almost nonexistent. Same thing this weekend when we went to New Buffalo Michigan. They had excellent coverage with AT&T and I had no coverage with T Mobile. Guess I need a new carrier.

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T-Mobile

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | 3300 S. Halsted Chicago | Halsted 35th St., Chicago, IL 60608 |

In the last 6 months. our T mobile service has dropped significantly. They have no valid reason when you call and ask why. We have been T Mobile customers for 3 years and are now switching providers. We can rarely send photos on text it is bad.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Loop | Monroe and Franklin, Chicago, IL 60606 |

Practically unusable for calls or data. Shows 4 / 4 bars, but calls are patchy and data basically doesn't work at all.

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Verizon

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Ashland | Archer, Chicago, IL 60608 |

Pros: Speeds are always fast and consistent for the most part in Bridgeport. Coverage is good. Cons: Very expensive, arrogant customer service.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Ashland Ave. | Cermak, Chicago, IL 60608 |

Have Verizon and have low to no reception at my work in the Pilsen area.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 18th St. | Ashland, Chicago, IL 60608 |

Extremely poor reception on T-Mobile throughout Pilsen but 18th street near the Pink line station is absolutely horrible. Dropped calls and almost no data coverage. Calls go straight to voicemail. It's bad in different buildings, on the street, even up high on the train platform. It's been this way for over a year and anyone I ask who has T-Mobile and works or lives in Pilsen also has bad service. I guess TMobile doesn't care about it's customers in this area or they would be addressing the situation.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Virtually Everywhere In River North and North of t, Chicago, IL 60606 |

I switched to Sprint because T-Mobile didn't work in my new office location (no reception) and some people at the office told me Sprint should work fine. Therefore, I switched to Sprint and even save money on my monthly plan due to their promotions. But I already regret it after only two weeks! While the phone usually shows good signal strength (>2 dots on LTE, 4-5 on 3G), the voice quality when making a call is unacceptable. Voice is so choppy that both parties on the call have problems to understand each other. Sprint already replaced my phone - but apparently it is a network issue and not a phone issue. As it is our business phone, it is not acceptable and harms our company's reputation. Also, I place quite some calls to Europe, where I experience the same issues, maybe even more significant. Yesterday I heard the same story from a business partner, that she has similar issues downtown - in or around high rises. I honestly can not understand how Sprint does survive with providing such a poor quality. And a final comment: Using T-Mobile was the better choice, as at least I could use WiFi-Calling in the office as a substitute. And they were at least "honest" enough to show bad signal strengths. While Sprint seem to have plenty of towers but a really bad network underlying. T-Mobile's approach seem to be more "honest" to me...

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T-Mobile

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | 155 North Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606 |

I decided to use T-Mobile due to their good offers and international call package (unlimited calls to a lot of countries for $15 a month). Unfortunately I had to terminate the contract as I had between zero reception and bad reception in my office (42nd floor, window, facing south) and calls were either dropped, bad quality or not possible at all. Outside of the building or at my home (N State and Grand) the reception was between okay to great, and then the call quality (voice) was close to perfect, even when calling people in Europe. I would switch back immediately if they got the reception issue in my office location fixed (or if we switch our office location)

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Union Station | Adams, Chicago, IL 60661 |

First off, it is clear that those 'one liner' reviews are paid for. I don't know anyone in Chicago that says reception is 5 out of 5 stars. So '@#$#' you to all you 'cheaters' putting out fraudulent reviews. The real news is that I have had Sprint in multiple states since 2004 and up until OCT2013, I loved them. We had some problems with tower upgrades to 4G / LTE stuff from 2013-2014 but 2014-2015 was decent, until we moved to Chicago. After that, it has been absolutely horrid. I even got a brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 in Spring of 2015 to help with the issues... but it actually got worse. I am being completely 'literal' / serious when I say that I cannot remember the last call I had that did not completely drop or had numerous times where I had major communication issues. I live on the 20th floor of a condo building and I should have fantastic reception... but I don't. It is so bad that I am using my Magic Jack to make calls, because I never thought I needed to buy a traditional 'land line' phone line again. The only solution that the carriers give is to hook up your 'VOIP / WiFi' box connections... which is total C-rap. I pay for internet and I pay for a cell phone. Why do I want to pay for a cellphone that charges for using a 'smartphone' and for my data usage, and also pay my internet provider too? I want a cellphone that works as a cellphone, not a cellphone that uses my own internet connection to make calls using my internet that I can literally make for free without the cell phone people. This is an absolute scam and we need to demand-as consumers-that we should not have to pay for a cellphone that needs to use our internet or a 'random WiFi' connection to work. For God's sake, I just want my cellphone to actually work as a telephone... is that too hard to do? Because my first Cell phone back in 1998 could do that just fine. Also, with the US's 3rd / 2nd largest city, I am not sure how there cannot be good cellphone reception here, but after about 1.5 years I can honestly say that it is the worst cell phone coverage I have ever seen... and that is coming from someone that has lived in 20 states for at least 1 month and has visited all 50 states. If anyone has a real solution for good cell phone coverage in the Loop or West Loop, please let me know. Thanks.

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