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San Mateo, CA 94401 Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


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1. Sprint 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 58 Reviews)
2. AT&T 1.5 star rating (1.5 stars | 165 Reviews)
3. T-Mobile 1.4 star rating (1.4 stars | 69 Reviews)
4. Verizon 1.4 star rating (1.4 stars | 101 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.5 star rating (1.5 stars | 432 Reviews)
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Sprint

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Persia Ave. | Prague St., San Francisco, CA 94112 |

I haven't yet found an area in San Francisco where my Spring mobile phone doesn't work.

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AT&T

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Ralston | Alameda, Belmont, CA 94002 |

People tend to report the places where they can't get reception. This may be useful, but if you are looking for a system that does work the information is not complete. There are antennas not listed on the map near the intersection of Ralston and Alameda for Cingular, Sprint and T-Mobile. I have Cingular and am close to the antennas. Surprise! Reception is great. Metro PCS has one just a couple of blocks West on Ralston; can't speak for service from it, but considering Metro PCS's reputation I suspect that reception is unusually good here! Verizon might (untested) be a bit worse here; no local antenna located in this area. Cingular generally works pretty well in the area after the acqusition of ATT; former ATT GSM phones work better, too.

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AT&T

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Edgewood Rd., San Carlos, CA 94070 |

Lose signal completely from Crestview to just before Alameda. Need to wrap up call and wait for 2 bars - 1 bar means nothing to Cingular

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Old Quad -- Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305 |

Verizon's reception on campus has always been iffy, but up until about six months ago, you could make and receive calls with much higher probability. I often got a signal that indicated "extended network" which means they had an agreement with other carriers. They must have dropped those agreements, since I now have zero reception in Building 120 (McClatchy Hall). When I inquire about this, however, no one at Verizon will admit anything.

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AT&T

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 |

Get good reception (3-5 bars) everywhere except for the basement of Gates and, mysteriously, the dining hall in FloMo. Have had ~1 call drop in 1.5 years. Reception seemed better before merger of AT&T with Cingular (I originally signed up with AT&T), but it's still pretty good.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Foster City Blvd.And Beach Park Blvd. | Marina Point Condo, San Mateo, CA 94404 |

I forgot to add that the Customer service said that if there were a lot of people calling in to request service in the 94404 zipcode or any other zipcode that would speed up the tower building process.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Foster City Blvd.And Beach Park Blvd. | Marina Point Condo, San Mateo, CA 94404 |

Sometimes no reception at all... .they say they are going to build a tower in the next 120 days..

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Somerset St. and Burrows St., San Francisco, CA 94134 |

I cannot get any reception from inside my home unless I'm on the second floor or if I walk outside to my yard where I get 1 bar. I switched over from Cingular to T-Mobile, entirely my father's fault for trying to save a few extra bucks.

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Verizon

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Bay Farm Elementary, Alameda, CA 94502 |

This area has always been problematic for cell coverage until they installed a tower at the fire station (1 mile away). Now, I can get a signal both outside and inside my house. The voice quality isn't as good as landline, but at least I can make a call from inside my house. I don't know if the voice quality is due to the phone or the cell coverage. I previously had SprintPCS. With Sprint, it only worked in certain rooms of my house, not everywhere in the house. So, the Verizon signal seems to be an improvement. I also tried T-Mobile. Their signal only works outside the house, not inside.

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Sprint

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Rockaway Beach Ave. at Bay St. | Hwy. 1, Pacifica, CA 94044 |

Sprint is the only service that I am aware of that gets good reception in the valley, there are many that do not.

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